Alec Bedser
Cricketer
Alec Bedser
Sir Alec Victor Bedser CBE was a professional English cricketer. He was the chairman of selectors for the English national cricket team, and the president of Surrey County Cricket Club. He is widely regarded as one of the best English cricketers of the 20th century. He was an outstanding right-arm medium-fast bowler for Surrey and England in a first-class playing career that spanned twenty-one years. He took 1924 first-class wickets in 485 matches.
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Anderson’s bowling pack can keep England on top of world - Yorkshire Post
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Then, Len Hutton and Peter May could call on bowlers of the class of Fred Trueman, Brian Statham, Frank Tyson and Alec Bedser. The supporting cast was not bad either, with the likes of Peter Loader, Trevor Bailey, Alan Moss, Len Coldwell,
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Legends of Pakistan Cricket - Part 1 - Fazal Mehmood (Late) - bettor.com (blog)
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The ability of Mahmood to cut and seam the ball led him to be compared to Alec Bedser of England. With his unplayable swing, the veteran had outdone and outplayed several big names of his time. The legendary pacer died on May 30, 2005 at the age of 78
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The aerodynamics of the swinging sphere - The Hindu
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They have glorious examples to emulate in the form of countrymen Alec Bedser, Fred Trueman and Ian Botham. Difficult art Swing bowling is a difficult art to master — the ball has to be pitched up and the margin of error is very little
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Tale of two leaders par excellence - Deccan Herald
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The right-arm bowler, who overtook English great Alec Bedser's Test-wicket tally of 236 in the third Test at Edgbaston, was termed the 'tactician' within English pace mix. The Lancashire paceman, with 18 wickets, is the second highest wicket-taker in
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How Jimmy Anderson went from water carrier to leader of the pack - The Guardian (blog)
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In the three matches of this series his 18 scalps have catapulted him above Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison, Darren Gough, Caddick and Alec Bedser in England's all-time list of Test wicket-takers. Sixteen more will see him surpass Brian Statham as the
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Spearhead Anderson takes a giant stride up the honours board - The Independent
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It is reasonable to assume that Alec Bedser would steer well clear of fancy terms such as "leader of the attack" to describe Jimmy Anderson, the man who yesterday nipped past him into seventh place on the list of England's
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Cricket: Last chance to attend Sir Alec lunch - Get Surrey
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THERE are just a few tickets left for a unique lunch to celebrate the life of Sir Alec Bedser. It is being held at The Oval on Wednesday (August 17) - the day before the final Test against India - in the Long Room in the pavilion
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Game changers: Test sides that dominated their eras - Telegraph.co.uk
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Hutton, Jim Laker, Alec Bedser, Brian Statham and Frank Tyson made up a team which mixed graft with guile. After almost a decade of relative parity in the Test arena, Australia moved ahead thanks to a fearsome pace attack, spearheaded by Dennis Lillee
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MS Dhoni is born - ESPNcricinfo.com
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Botham resigned - in a classy touch, the chairman of selectors, Alec Bedser, later told the world he'd have been sacked anyway - and vowed never again to raise his bat to the Lord's members. They'd blanked him when he was bowled round his legs by Ray
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One of England's greatest post-war bowlers is born - ESPNcricinfo.com
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Surrey's Alec Bedser was simply one of England's greatest post-war bowlers, a disciple of line and length, seam and swing. He began his Test career with a staggering 22 wickets in his first two Tests, against India in 1946
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The king of seven-fors - ESPNcricinfo.com
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The start of England's first post-war Test, and an unforgettable debut for Alec Bedser. He had to wait until he was 27 to play Test cricket, but soon made up for lost time with 7 for 49 in his first innings, and 11 wickets in all, as England hammered
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Southpaws pile on suffering for Strauss - The Independent
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AP When Alec Bedser served as chairman of selectors, a query about the retention of one struggling top order batsman was supposedly met with a question, rather than an answer: "Who else is there, then?
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Sri Lanka's collapse, and the shortest innings - ESPNcricinfo.com
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He surpassed Alec Bedser's then-record of 236 wickets during the fourth Test against Australia in Adelaide late in January 1963, but was himself overtaken in March, when Fred Trueman took his 243rd Test wicket, during the series in New Zealand that
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Not In My Day, Sir - Cricket Web
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There is a wonderful letter from Sir Alec Bedser from 2006 reacting to Simon Hughes describing him as a \"dobber\", and a similar offering from Ted Dexter by way of reaction to a piece about helmets. It is at this point that an occasionally irritating
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Oh! those glorious days - Sportstar
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I was once walking with the late Alec Bedser through the posh club area of central London to attend the Wisden dinner when he began to talk seriously about the events of the day. A policewoman had been shot dead by someone in an embassy and,
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MPs debate General Matters - DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
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A major legacy has recently been bequeathed by Sir Alec Bedser, a long-term Woking resident, and I am sure his generosity will be put to good use. This amazing level of dedication and support is difficult, though not impossible, to replicate at the
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Not in My Day, Sir: Cricket Letters to the Daily Telegraph: a celebration of ... - Telegraph.co.uk
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... combative Wilfred Wooller, then secretary of Glamorgan, and EW Swanton, then the paper's cricket correspondent, over the appointment of Ray Illingworth as England captain, as well as Alec Bedser's outrage at being dubbed a “dobber” by Simon Hughes
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Golden summers recalled in book - Matlock Today
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One of my fondest memories is watching the great Surrey team of the 1950s, with Peter May in tremendous form with the bat and that wonderful bowling attack of Alec Bedser, Peter Loader, Jim Laker and Tony Lock.” John Shawcroft's 2006 book Local Heroes:
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 91
    Sir Alec Bedser died in hospital in Woking on 4 April 2010 after a short illness.
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  • 2009
    Age 90
    For three months following the death of Arthur McIntyre on 26 December 2009, Bedser was the oldest surviving England Test cricketer. On Bedser's death, that distinction passed to Reg Simpson. Test debut: vs India, Lord's, Middlesex, 1946 Last Test: vs South Africa, Old Trafford, Manchester, 1955
    More Details Hide Details In the 1980s UK TV sitcom Chance in a Million, the main character Tom Chance (played by Simon Callow) has a fascination with Bedser and one of his prized possessions is a cricket bat autographed by him. In the episode "Honour Thy Father And Thy Mother" (17 September 1984), the bat is mauled by a dog off-screen, much to Chance's annoyance.
    In May 2009, Christopher Martin-Jenkins ranked Bedser 29th in picking his 100 greatest cricketers of all time.
    More Details Hide Details Outside of cricket, Bedser was a founding member of the right-wing pressure group, the Freedom Association during the 1970s, which advocated the maintenance of sporting relations with South Africa during the apartheid era.
  • 2004
    Age 85
    In October 2004 Bedser was selected in 'England's Greatest Post-War XI' by The Wisden Cricketer, an authoritative monthly cricket magazine.
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  • 1997
    Age 78
    He was knighted for his services to cricket in the 1997 New Year Honours.
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  • 1987
    Age 68
    Bedser was made president of Surrey in 1987 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the county's cricketing fortunes over the previous five decades.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1968
    Age 49
    He was on the board of selectors who controversially left Basil d'Oliveira out of the England team for 1968's tour of South Africa.
    More Details Hide Details England won ten of the 18 series while Bedser was chairman of selectors. Bedser also managed two England overseas tours.
  • 1964
    Age 45
    He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1964, advanced to Commander (CBE) in 1982, and in 1996 he became the first (and still only) England bowler to be knighted for services to cricket.
    More Details Hide Details Neither Alec nor his brother Eric ever married. They lived together in Woking until Eric's death in 2006.
  • 1962
    Age 43
    Bedser served as a national team selector from 1962 to 1985, and was chairman of selectors from 1968 to 1981.
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  • 1960
    Age 41
    Bedser retired from cricket in 1960, and his brother Eric retired in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details After retiring from playing cricket, Bedser went into business with his brother. Among other business interests, they co-operated with Ronald Straker in a successful stationery firm, Straker-Bedser, which was later taken over by Ryman in 1977.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1955
    Age 36
    He was recalled for one Test against South Africa in 1955.
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  • 1954
    Age 35
    Bedser was aged 36 by the first Test of the 1954 - 55 tour of Australia.
    More Details Hide Details He took 1 for 131 as seven catches were dropped off his bowling, including Arthur Morris (153) before he had scored - and England lost by an innings. He was subsequently diagnosed as suffering from shingles and despite a recovery and a green wicket tailor-made for his bowling in the second Test he was dropped from the side, and watched as the younger Frank Tyson and Brian Statham bowled England to victory.
  • 1953
    Age 34
    In 1953 at 35, an age by which many fast bowlers have retired from first-class cricket, Bedser demonstrated his longevity by helping England regain the Ashes.
    More Details Hide Details He took 39 wickets at an average of 17.48 at home to Australia, including career-best match figures of 14 for 99 in the Nottingham Test. Bedser founded his success on accuracy of line and length, bowled at a medium pace from a short run-up, using his powerful shoulders and large hands to achieve sharp inswing and surprising batsmen with occasional leg cutters.
  • 1950
    Age 31
    His entire first-class career spanned 485 matches, in which he helped Surrey to eight County Championships between 1950 and 1958.
    More Details Hide Details Bedser occasionally captained the side in place of Stuart Surridge or Peter May. He took 100 wickets in a county season eleven times, figures that place him high amongst the game's greats. He took five or more wickets in an innings 96 times, and ten wickets or more in a match 16 times.
    In the 1950-51 Ashes series, Alec began his dominance of Australian batsmen, taking 30 wickets at an average of 16.06 and 10 for 105 in the Fifth Test when he ended Australia's unbeaten run of 26 Tests since 1938.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1946
    Age 27
    He was selected for the 1946-47 Ashes series in Australia and for most of the next decade "carried England's bowling attack".
    More Details Hide Details In Australia he was overbowled and exhausted and found that his natural in-swingers were liked by Australian leg-side batsmen like Sid Barnes. To counter this he gripped the ball across the seam like a spinner and the result was an in-swinging leg-break which would be known as Bedser's "Special Ball". Don Bradman wrote "the ball with which Alec Bedser bowled me in the Adelaide Test Match was, I think, the finest ever to take my wicket. It must have come three-quarters of the way straight on my off-stump, then suddenly dipped in to pitch on the leg stump, only to turn off the pitch and hit the middle and off stumps." Meanwhile, his brother Eric became an all-rounder in the Surrey team, concentrating on his batting as the team also included spinners such as Jim Laker and Tony Lock. The two were difficult to tell apart, both 6'3" tall and just over 15 stone. Playing for Surrey against an England representative team in 1946, they are reputed to have shared an over - Alec bowling the first three balls and then swapping with Eric fielding at mid-on for Eric to complete the over - without being detected by the batsman, Frank Woolley.
    In his first full season for Surrey, in 1946, he passed 100 wickets before July and established himself as a bowler in the England Test team.
    More Details Hide Details In each of his first two Tests, against the visiting Indians, he took eleven wickets: 11 for 139 in his début at Lord's, including 7 in the first innings, and 11 for 96 in the next game at Old Trafford, Manchester. His amazing season resulted in his nomination as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year for 1947.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1938
    Age 19
    After leaving school, Eric and Alec became clerks at the same firm of solicitors in Lincoln's Inn Fields. They were spotted practising in the nets for Woking Cricket Club by Surrey coach Alan Peach, and he recruited them to the staff at the Oval in 1938.
    More Details Hide Details Initially, they were both medium-fast bowlers, but (after Alec won a toss of a coin) Eric became an off spinner instead. They made their first-class débuts for Surrey against Oxford University in June 1939. Their cricket careers were soon interrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War. They both joined the RAF police, and were sent to France with the British Expeditionary Force. They both narrowly escaped being shot before being evacuated from Dunkirk, and later served in North Africa, Italy and Austria. Eric was promoted to Warrant Officer, but Alec refused a similar promotion, staying a flight sergeant so they could continue to serve together. They were demobilised in 1946. Alec Bedser founded England's eventual success. He toiled for hours without complaint, and never once looked annoyed at the missing of a catch, or at a rejected l.b.w. appeal. A great bowler, and an example to all who aspire to cricketing fame. The schoolboys who cheered him, and the elderly folk who applauded politely, all realised one thing. In Alec Bedser England had the best bowler Australia had seen for years, and friend and foe alike admitted the fact.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1924
    Age 5
    He took 1924 first-class wickets in 485 matches.
    More Details Hide Details He played Test cricket for England from 1946 to 1955, taking 236 wickets in 51 Test matches. He passed Clarrie Grimmett's world record for Test wickets in 1953. He held the record until his final tally was passed by Brian Statham in 1963. After retirement as an active cricketer, Bedser became the chairman of selectors for the English national cricket team, and was the president of Surrey County Cricket Club. He was knighted in the 1997 New Year Honours. Bedser was born in Reading, Berkshire, ten minutes after his identical twin brother Eric (1918 - 2006). His father was a bricklayer, but had been stationed in Reading with the Royal Air Force during the First World War. The brothers remained inseparable through their lives: they often dressed identically, and shared a bank account; neither married. Within six months the family moved to Horsell, Surrey, where, at the age of seven, the brothers played their first organised cricket. The family moved to Knaphill, Surrey and then to a house they helped their father to build in Woking. They were educated at Maybury Junior School and then Monument Hill Central School in Woking. Over the next decade, the twin brothers played cricket together for Monument Hill School and Woking Cricket Club. They also both played football for Monument Hill School, both as full backs.
  • 1918
    Born
    Born on July 4, 1918.
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