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John Edrich, the former England opener, dies aged 83

John Edrich, the former England opener, dies aged 83

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Edrich played 77 Tests between 1963 and 1976, most often as a fearless left-handed opener

John Edrich, the former England batsman who was renowned as one of the world’s doughtiest players of fast bowling, has died at the age of 83.

Edrich played 77 Tests between 1963 and 1976, most often as a fearless left-handed opener, scoring 5138 runs at 43.54, and just shy of 40,000 in a first-class career for Surrey that spanned 23 seasons.

His finest hour arguably came during Ray Illingworth’s triumphant Ashes tour of 1970-71, when his haul of 648 runs at 72.00, including two hundreds, were instrumental in England’s 2-0 series win.

All told, he made 12 Test hundreds and 24 fifties, including a career-best 310 not out against New Zealand at Headingley in 1965. At Sydney in 1974-75, he captained England in a one-off capacity, standing in for Mike Denness, who dropped himself in the midst of a torrid run of form.

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