The former England and Surrey batsman John Edrich has died aged 83. Edrich played 77 Tests from 1962 to 1977 and appeared in the world’s first one-day international in 1971 against Australia, hitting the first boundary.
Edrich achieved a Test average of 43.54 and went on to serve as an England selector and batting coach. He famously scored 310 not out against New Zealand in the third Test at Headingley in July 1965.
It August 2000 it was announced that Edrich had incurable leukaemia. “I hadn’t seen a doctor for about 10 years,” Edrich said. “But I’d been feeling tired for a while. Having taken blood tests, they discovered leukaemia. It was quite a shock. You can’t fight it. You have to have faith in your consultant and the treatment.”
Edrich, who scored 33 not out while batting with two broken ribs in the fourth Ashes Test of the 1974-75 series in Australia, made 5,138 runs in Tests.
He scored 103 centuries in a career that saw him captain Surrey for five seasons in the 1970s before retiring from the game in 1978. He was awarded an MBE in 1977.
Tributes were swiftly paid to Edrich. Ian Botham tweeted: “Very sad news today to wake up on Christmas Day and to be told that John Edrich has passed away !! A wonderful man who I was lucky enough to spend some quality time with…RIP”
Another former England international, Mark Butcher, himself a former Surrey player, described Edrich on Twitter as a Surrey legend.
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