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John Edrich

English cricketer

Died when: 83 years 185 days (1002 months)
Star Sign: Cancer


John Edrich

John Hugh Edrich, MBE (21 June 1937 – 23 December 2020) was an English first-class cricketer who, during a career that ran from 1956 to 1978, was considered one of the best batsmen of his generation.

Born in Blofield, Norfolk, Edrich came from a cricketing family, his four cousins, Eric Edrich, Bill Edrich, Geoff Edrich and Brian Edrich, all having played first-class cricket.

He was educated at the private Bracondale School between the ages of eight and seventeen, during which time he played cricket at weekends and was coached by former cricketer C.

S.R.Boswell.Edrich played for Surrey and England.He was renowned for playing the cut, the cover drive and scoring off his legs, earning over the years a reputation for dogged fearlessness.

His statistical achievements show that he was amongst the best players of his generation, playing a total of seventy-seven Test matches for England between 1963 and 1976, and scoring a triple-century in 1965 that is the fifth highest Test score for England.

It contained 57 boundaries, which is still a record for any Test innings.A player during the time when One Day International cricket was in its infancy, he played, and top scored, in the first ever ODI match.

The cricket writer Colin Bateman described him as "unflinching, unselfish, and often unsmiling while going about his business in the middle, he was a fiercely formidable opener who knew his limitations and worked wonderfully within them".

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