Edrich received an MBE in 1977 for his outstanding contribution to cricket. © Getty
Former England opener John Edrich died on December 23 at the age of 83. A Surrey statement read: “Edrich died of natural causes on December 23 at his home in the north of Scotland.”
Edrich, who also captained England in a test, was considered one of England’s best opening players. He had suffered from cancer which had been cured during treatment eight years earlier.
Known for his resolute serve as opening, Edrich averaged 43.54 in 77 tests for England with a top score of 310 *. The inning of 310 contained a record of 52 borders, the maximum for any player in a trial inning. In an international career spanning 13 years since 1963, Edrich also participated in the first ever men’s One Day International. He marked the first ever border and first fifty in men’s ODI cricket.
Coming from a family of cricketers, Edrich had a thriving first-class career with Surrey, the club where he would later serve as president. Edrich played over 500 first-class games and scored a total of 103 centuries over the course of his long career.
Edrich received an MBE in 1977 for his outstanding contribution to cricket. Following his playing career, Edrich also had the terms as a recruiter and batting coach for the English men’s team.