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England great Bedser dies

Legendary fast bowler Alec Bedser, regarded as one of the greatest English cricketers of the 20th century, died at the age of 91 after a brief illness, reports said on Monday.

cricket Updated: Apr 06, 2010 00:13 IST

Legendary fast bowler Alec Bedser, regarded as one of the greatest English cricketers of the 20th century, died at the age of 91 after a brief illness, reports said on Monday.

Bedser passed away on Sunday in hospital southwest of London.

Bedser took 236 wickets in 51 test matches for England in a career which lasted from 1949 to 1960. He made his debut for England at the age of 28, taking 11 wickets against India. Over the following decade, Bedser spearheaded England’s attack and helped them to the Ashes victory in 1953.

He was also the last man alive to have taken the wicket of Australian legend Donald Bradman — something he managed six times, more than any other cricketer.

He twice dismissed Bradman for a duck.