Former England opener John Edrich passes away at age of 83

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25 Dec 2020 | 12:28 PM
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Former England opener John Edrich passes away at age of 83

Edrich played 77 Tests, scoring 5,138 runs at an average of 43.54

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England's former "fearless" opening batsman John Edrich has died at the age of 83,  the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Friday. Diagnosed with leukaemia in 2000 the left-hander who played for county side Surrey scored 103 first-class centuries. He played 77 Tests, scoring 5,138 runs at an average of 43.54.

Former England great Ian Botham wrote on Twitter: "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"

ECB CEO Tom Harrison said: "With John's passing, we've lost a prolific and fearless batsman - one of the select few who have scored more than 5,000 runs for England.

"His duels with some of the world's best fast bowlers were legendary, and it's a testament to his ability that his 310 not out against New Zealand in 1965 remains the fifth highest Test score by an English batsman."

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