Former England opener John Edrich, who scored 103 first-class ceturies, dies at 83 – cricket

Former England ‘fearless’ opener John Edrich has died at the age of 83, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Friday. Diagnosed with leukemia in 2000, the southpaw who played for Surrey County scored 103 first-class centuries.

He played 77 trials, scoring 5,138 points at an average of 43.54.

The former great Englishman Ian Botham wrote on Twitter: “A very sad news today to wake up on Christmas day to be told that John Edrich is dead !!

“A wonderful man with whom I was lucky enough to spend quality time with … RIP”

ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison said: “With John’s death, we lost a prolific and brave hitter, one of the select few who have scored more than 5,000 points for England.

“His duels with some of the best fast bowlers in the world were legendary, and it is a testament to his skill that his 310 fail against New Zealand in 1965 remains the fifth highest test score for an English hitter.”