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Legendary English batsman John Edrich dies at 83

Former England batsman John Edrich has died at the age of 83.

The left-hander played 77 Test matches, scoring 5138 runs at an average of 43.54, with 12 centuries.

He’s one of just five Englishmen to have made a Test match triple century, scoring an unbeaten 310 against New Zealand at Headingley in 1965.

He thrived in Ashes matches, with seven of his 12 Test centuries coming against Australia.

Edrich also enjoyed a prolific career for Surrey, becoming one of the few batsmen to score 100 first class centuries.

He made history by being named man of the match in the very first one-day international, scoring 82 against Bill Lawry’s Australian team at the MCG in 1971.

“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,” ECB boss, Tom Harrison, said.

“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. He will be sadly missed, and our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

The John Edrich Gates at The Oval in London are named in his honour.

Edrich, died of natural causes at his home in Scotland, 20 years after being diagnosed with a rare, incurable, form of leukaemia known as Waldenstrom’s in 2000.

“I hadn’t seen a doctor for about 10 years,” Edrich said at the time.

“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.”

Last year Edrich was named in Surrey’s greatest ever side, partnering the legendary Jack Hobbs at the top of the order.

“John Edrich was truly one of the greatest players to ever play for our Club and his passing is an incredibly sad moment for us all,” Surrey chairman Richard Thompson said.

“From watching his brave and charismatic batting to sitting alongside him in our Committee Room and learning about the game, to have been able to call John a friend was a high honour.

“On behalf of everyone at the Club, I would like to offer our condolences to all of John’s friends, family and fans across the world – both inside and outside the game.”

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