Denness was the only Scotsman ever to captain England, leading the team in 19 of his 28 Tests between 1969 and 1975. He also played 12 one-day internationals and went onto become an ICC match referee.
During his time as an ICC match referee his controversial decision to sanction six Indian players in Port Elizabeth during the 2001-2002 tour prompted the Indian and South African boards to ban Denness from officiating in the next match. The ICC responded by withdrawing Test status from the game.
His reign has England captain was marred by a strained relationship with Geoff Boycott, then one of the team's star performers.
During the 1974-75 tour of Australia, Denness dropped himself for the fourth Test after making just 65 runs in his first six innings. But he returned to hit 188 in the Melbourne Test which, at the time, was the highest score by an England captain in Australia.