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Ted Dexter captained the English cricket team in Australia in 1962–63, playing as England in the 1962-63 Ashes series against the Australians and as the MCC in their other matches on the tour. In October, the team played a match in Colombo during a stopover on the voyage to Australia. After leaving Australia in February, they played a three-match Test series in New Zealand.

Although regarded as strong in batting, the team had a weakened bowling attack and failed to regain the Ashes despite being the first England team to go 1–0 up in Australia since Gubby Allen in 1936–37. The team included the Reverend David Sheppard (the future Bishop of Liverpool), was managed by the Duke of Norfolk and was accompanied by Ted Dexter's wife Susan, who did some modelling in Australia, all of which created great press interest in the touring team. Although Dexter and the Australian captain Richie Benaud where both committed to attacking captaincy "brightening up" cricket the last two Tests were dull draws. Not everyone was happy with the glamour that attended the tour.

England touring squad

This was the last tour to use the old divisions of amateurs and professionals in English cricket so the convention remained of gentleman amateurs having their initials in front of their surname and professional players with their initials after their name, if used at all.

Test Statistics of England Team 1962–63
Name County Age Role Tests Runs Highest Average 100s 50s Ct St Wickets Best Average 5 Wt 10 Wt
The Duke of Norfolk Sussex 54 Manager
S.C. Griffith Sussex 48 Temporary manager 3 157 140 31.40 1 5
Bedser, A.V. Surrey 44 Assistant-manager 51 714 79 12.75 1 26 236 7/44 24.89 15 5
W.R. Watkins Middlesex Scorer and Baggage Man
Cowan, S. Physiotherapist
Pullar G. Lancashire 27 Left-handed opening batsman 28 1974 175 43.86 4 12 2 1 1/1 37.00
Rev. D.S. Sheppard Sussex 33 Right-handed opening batsman 22 1172 119 37.80 3 6 12
Parfitt, P.H. Middlesex 21 Left-handed top-order batsman 37 1882 131* 40.91 7 6 42 12 2/5 47.83
Barrington, K.F. Surrey 31 Right-handed top-order batsman 82 6806 256 58.67 20 35 58 29 3/4 44.82
M.C. Cowdrey (vc) Kent 29 Right-handed top-order batsman 114 7624 182 44.06 22 38 120 0/1
E.R. Dexter (c) Sussex 27 Right-handed top-order batsman 62 4502 205 47.89 9 27 29 66 4/10 34.93
Graveney, T.W. Worcs 35 Right-handed top-order batsman 79 4882 258 44.38 11 20 80 1 1/34 167.00
Murray, J.T. Middlesex 27 Wicket-keeper 21 506 112 22.00 1 2 52 3
A.C. Smith Warwicks 27 Wicket-keeper 6 118 69* 29.50 1 20
Trueman, F.S. Yorkshire 31 Right-arm fast bowler 67 981 39* 13.81 64 307 8/31 21.57 17 3
Coldwell, L.J. Worcs 29 Right-arm fast–medium bowler 7 9 6* 4.50 1 22 6/85 27.72 1
Knight, B.R. Essex 24 Right-arm fast–medium bowler 29 812 127 26.19 2 14 70 4/38 31.75
Larter, J.D.F. Northants 22 Right-arm fast–medium bowler 10 16 10 3.20 5 37 5/57 25.43 2
Statham, J.B. Lancashire 32 Right-arm fast–medium bowler 51 675 38 11.44 28 252 7/39 24.84 9 1
Allen, D.A. Glos 27 Off-spin bowler 39 918 88 25.50 5 10 122 5/30 30.97 4
Illingworth, R. Yorkshire 30 Off-spin bowler 61 1836 113 23.24 2 5 45 122 6/29 31.20 3
Titmus, F.J. Middlesex 29 Off-spin bowler 53 1449 84* 22.29 10 35 153 7/79 32.22 7

First Test – Brisbane

30 November – 5 December 1962
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Flag of Australia Australia
404
v Flag of England England
389
Match Drawn
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Australia
Umpires: C.J. Egar (AUS) & E.F. Wykes (AUS)
B.C. Booth 112
K.D. Mackay 86*
R. Benaud (c) 51
R.B. Simpson 50
Knight, B.R. 3/65
Trueman, F.S. 3/76
Parfitt, P.H. 80
Barrington, K.F. 78
E.R. Dexter (c) 70
R. Benaud (c) 6/115
G.D. Kenzie 3/78
362/4 (dec) 278/6
W.M. Lawry 98
R.B. Simpson 71
R.N. Harvey (vc) 57
N.C.L. O'Neill 56
E.R. Dexter (c) 2/78
E.R. Dexter (c) 99
Pullar, G. 56
Rev. D.S. Sheppard 53
A.K. Davidson 3/43

See Main Article – 1962–63 Ashes series

Second Test – Melbourne

29 December 1962 – 3 January 1963
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Flag of Australia Australia
316
v Flag of England England
331
Flag of England England win by 7 wickets
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: C.J. Egar (AUS) & W.J. Smyth (AUS)
W.M. Lawry 52
Titmus, F.J. 4/43
Trueman, F.S. 3/83
M.C. Cowdrey (vc) 113
E.R. Dexter (c) 93
A.K. Davidson 6/75
248 237/3
B.C. Booth 103
W.M. Lawry 57
Trueman, F.S. 5/62
Rev. D.S. Sheppard 113
M.C. Cowdrey (vc) 58*
E.R. Dexter (c) 52
G.D. McKenzie 1/58

See Main Article – 1962–63 Ashes series

Third Test – Sydney

11–15 January 1963
scorecard
Flag of England England
279
v Flag of Australia Australia
319
Flag of Australia Australia win by 8 wickets
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: L.P Rowan (AUS) & W.J. Smyth (AUS)
M.C. Cowdrey (vc) 85
Pullar, G. 53
R.B. Simpson 5/57
A.K. Davidson 4/54
R.B. Simpson 91
B.K. Shepherd 71
R.N. Harvey (vc) 64
Titmus, F.J. 7/79
104 67/2
Parfitt, P.H. 28
A.K. Davidson 5/25
G.D. McKenzie 3/26
R.B. Simpson 34*
Trueman, F.S. 2/20

See Main Article – 1962–63 Ashes series

Fourth Test – Adelaide

25–30 January 1963
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Flag of Australia Australia
393
v Flag of England England
331
Match Drawn
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia
Umpires: C.J. Egar (AUS) & A.E. Mackley (AUS)
R.N. Harvey (vc) 154
N.C.L. O'Neill 100
J.B. Statham 3/66
E.R. Dexter (c) 3/94
Barrington, K.F. 63
E.R. Dexter (c) 61
F.J. Titmus 59*
G.D. McKenzie 5/89
K.D. Mackay 3/80
A.T.W. Grout (wk) 3 Ct and 1 Stumped
293 223/4
B.C. Booth 77
R.B. Simpson 71
Trueman, F.S. 4/60
E.R. Dexter (c) 3/65
J.B. Statham 3/71
Barrington, K.F. 132*
K.D. Mackay 1/13

See Main Article – 1962–63 Ashes series

Fifth Test – Sydney

15–20 February 1963
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Flag of England England
321
v Flag of Australia Australia
349
Match drawn
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: C.J. Egar (AUS) and L.P Rowan (AUS)
Barrington, K.F. 101
A.K. Davidson 4/43
R.N. Harvey (vc) 4 Ct
P.J.P. Burge 103
N.C.L. O'Neill 73
R. Benaud (c) 57
Titmus, F.J. 5/103
Graveney, T.W. 3 Ct
268/8 (dec) 152/4
Rev. D.S. Sheppard 94
Barrington K.F. 68
M.C. Cowdrey (vc) 53
R. Benaud (c) 3/71
A.K. Davidson 3/80
P.J.P. Burge 52*
Allen, D.A. 3/26

See Main Article – 1962–63 Ashes series

Ceylon

The English team had a stopover in Colombo en route to Australia and played a one-day single-innings match there against the Ceylon national team, which at that time did not have Test status.

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