Former English Batsman John Edrich passed away at the age of 83

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John Edrich scored 103 first-class centuries.© Twitter


Former “intrepid” England opening batsman John Edrich has passed away at the age of 83, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced Friday. The left-hander who played for County Surrey in 2000 was diagnosed with leukemia in 2000, scoring 103 first-class centuries. He played 77 tests, scoring 5,138 runs at an average of 43.54. Former English great Ian Botham wrote on Twitter: “Very sad news today to wake up on Christmas Day to find out that John Edrich has passed away !! A wonderful man who I was lucky enough to spend some quality time with .. . RIP. “

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Tom Harrison, CEO of the ECB, said, “With John’s death, we have lost a prolific and fearless batsman – one of the select few to have scored more than 5,000 runs for England.”

“His duels with some of the world‘s best fast bowlers were legendary, and it is a testament to his prowess that his 310 against New Zealand in 1965 remains the fifth highest Test score of an English batsman.”

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