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ICC, ECB hail Alec Bedser, who dies age 91

ICC, ECB hail Alec Bedser, who dies age 91

Former England test bowler Alec Bedser, who twice dismissed batting great Don Bradman for nought and also took 39 wickets in an Ashes series triumph over Australia, died Sunday at age 91 after a short illness.
ICC president David Morgan and ECB chairman Giles Clarke led the tributes to the Surrey fast medium bowler who later served as an England selector for 23 years and was knighted for his contribution to the sport.
"It was an honor and privilege to have known Sir Alec, whose contribution to cricket not only in England and Wales but also globally must never be under-estimated," Morgan said Monday. "He was an outstanding practitioner of seam bowling and some of his contemporaries believed him to be the greatest bowler they ever faced.
"He was a great servant of Surrey County Cricket Club as well as being an astute and insightful administrator."
Starting with 11 wickets on his test debut against India in 1946, Bedser took 236 in 51 tests, which was then a record. In the Trent Bridge test against Australia in 1953, he had match figures of 14 for 99.
Together with twin brother Eric, who died four years ago, he played first-class cricket for Surrey between 1939-60 and helped the team win seven County Championships in a row.
"Alec Bedser deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest England bowlers of all time, a master of the craft of seam bowling and a true legend of the game," Clarke said. "His contribution to cricket in this country as a player and an administrator was immense and he will forever be associated with Surrey's famous County Championship-winning sides of the 1950s."


Updated : 2021-03-07 14:34 GMT+08:00