John Edrich
English Test and County cricketer
John Edrich
John Edrich, MBE is a former English cricketer, who played for Surrey and England. He earned a reputation as a dogged and fearless batsman, and his figures show that he was amongst the best players of his generation. He played a total of seventy seven Test matches for England, in an international career lasting from 1963 to 1976. He was renowned for playing the cut, cover drive and was strong off his legs.
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Howzat? Former England batsman claims mistletoe injections cured cancer which should have killed him five years ago
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Ex-England batsman John Edrich, of Ballater, Aberdeenshire, was given seven years to live in 2000 after being diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia.
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'Australia need to find fresh talent' - ESPNcricinfo.com
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John Edrich was a fine player, Basil D'Oliveira was a top player. But we didn't have the length in batting. We depended on having the quality of the bowling to keep a hold of the game. We didn't let the game get away from us at all because we had five
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Monday’s sports letters: Humphreys serves as reminder of terrible Owls decline - Yorkshire Post
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But I'd pick Derek Underwood instead of Johnny Wardle, and Graham Gooch instead of John Edrich. Mind you, I can see the day when May, Cowdrey and Graveney are replaced by Bell, Cook and Pietersen (reluctantly), such is the strength of the current team
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Liverpool 'gun down' Arsenal as 'white-washed' India go up the 'Swanny!' - Euro Weekly News
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... 1938), Wally Hammond's 336 (v New Zealand , 1933), Graham Gooch's 333 (v India , 1990), Andy Sandham's 325 (West Indies, 1930) and John Edrich's 310 (v New Zealand , 1965). The third Test score of 710-7 was England 's third highest of all-time,
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Cook can dish up 40 test centuries says Edrich - Moneycontrol.com
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LONDON (Reuters) - India's Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis of South Africa are the only players to have amassed 40 test centuries and former England opener John Edrich believes Alastair Cook has all the tools to join the pair at the
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Picking the Best Combined Ashes XI in 50 years - The Roar
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Openers: Geoff Boycott, John Edrich, Michael Vaughan, Mike Atherton, Andrew Strauss. Middle order: Colin Cowdrey, Ted Dexter, Mike Gatting, MJK Smith, Graham Gooch, David Gower, Kevin Pietersen. All-rounders: Tony Greig, Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff
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Rajan's Wrong 'Un: Mishra's struggles a bitter reminder of what India have lost - The Independent
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It was this ball that Chandra used to castle John Edrich at The Oval, having heard a demand from his fielders to bowl it, and deciding to follow their instruction halfway through his run-up. Chandra is one of only two Test match players who scored
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Kim pulls out of US Open - Calcutta Telegraph
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The late Barrington's commemorative cap was received by two of his former England and Surrey team-mates John Edrich and Micky Stewart from ICC Director and the England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman Giles Clarke for his induction into the Hall of
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Kennington's venue of epic deeds - The Independent
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Brian Luckhurst, John Edrich, Keith Fletcher and skipper Raymond Illingworth were among those deceived by Chandra, as England collapsed to 101 all out in the second innings and subsequently lost by four wickets. While most of the Indian team went home
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Six for glory - ESPNcricinfo.com
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Chandrasekhar It was the ball which castled John Edrich that made me aware that things could happen on this wicket. Edrich, a most dangerous batsman, effective, and capable of the long innings, played forward helplessly
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England v India: second Test live - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
OVER 27: IND 57/6 Tendulkar 33* Harbhajan 1* I've thumbed through my copy of Dickie Bird's autobiography, Peter Rowntree (see Over 25), and the only mentions of John Edrich I've found are as an excellent captain and a prodigious pie-eater
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Cricket crazy complications - Khaleej Times
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Across the table is John Edrich, the memorable English opener who did not know how to flash his bat, and did not know how to get out. I think he was a trifle upset to learn how often I, as an ardent schoolboy, wished he was ill and unable to play
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England v India - live! - The Guardian
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John Edrich? Is it that we don't have the talent? Cook's 235 in Australia is the next highest after Gooch's 333, a full hundred shy. Gayle has scored a triple century, Sehwag, Jayawardene, Hayden etc. Are we really that weak?" Putting the merits of Big
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Four decades on, Dhoni's men set out to emulate Wadekar's feat - Times of India
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With players of the calibre of John Edrich, Geoffery Boycott, Brian Lackhurst, Basil D'Oliviera, Alan Knott, John Snow, Derek Underwood and Peter Lever, they were arguably at their strongest ever, writes Chetan Narula in his book 'Skipper',
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The triple - ESPNcricinfo.com
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Nor were the sixties productive, with only Bob Simpson, Bob Cowper and John Edrich reaching the mark. That these doughty warriors made cricket's highest individual scores in an otherwise fertile decade tells a tale about the state of the game
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'I gave my heart and soul in that stint' - The Hindu
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“I wanted to bowl a googly to John Edrich. At that time Dilip Sardesai and I used to track the races and there was this fast horse called Mildred. So when I was about to run in and bowl, Dilip yelled Ek Mildred daal (bowl a Mildred)
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Cricket column by former Gloucestershire chairman John Light - Gloucestershire Gazette
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Two Surrey ex-presidents were there (John Edrich and Micky Stewart). They summed matters up. “You have nine homegrown players, we have only four - our purchasing policy is getting us nowhere,” they said. I came home glowing
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Feiern ohne Ende! - hpd.de
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Ein Papst ist dabei (Leo IX), diverse SchriftstellerInnen (Ian McEwan, Francoise Sagan, Jean-Paul Sartre), etliche Musiker (Leo Sayer, Nils Lofgren, Manu Chao), eine Nobelpreisträgerin (Shirin Ebadi) einige Sportler (John Edrich, Michel Platini) und
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Edrich
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 74
    In 2012 he said he had been cured of cancer by a course of injections of mistletoe extract, and was fit and active again.
    More Details Hide Details He now lives in Aberdeenshire.
  • 2006
    Age 68
    In 2006–07 he served as President of Surrey County Cricket Club.
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  • 2000
    Age 62
    In the summer of 2000, it was announced that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of incurable leukaemia known as Waldenstrom's, and he was told that he had seven years to live.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with The Independent, following his diagnosis, Edrich said: "I hadn't seen a doctor for about 10 years, 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. I asked how it was going to affect my lifestyle. They said I would feel tired from time to time and would have to live with it. I think we've got to be grateful for what we've had. I did something which I loved and had the ability to play cricket at the highest level."
  • FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 57
    In 1995 he was named as England's batting coach.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1981
    Age 43
    He became a Test selector in 1981.
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  • 1978
    Age 40
    Edrich finished his first-class career in 1978, having scored 39,790 runs.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1977
    Age 39
    During the 1977 county cricket season, Edrich scored his 100th first-class century, playing for Surrey against Derbyshire.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year he was appointed an MBE for services to cricket.
  • 1974
    Age 36
    On the tour of Australia in 1974–75, his fortune regarding injuries did not improve.
    More Details Hide Details In the first Test a ball from aggressive pace bowler Dennis Lillee struck his hand and broke it, although he was able to continue batting. In the Fourth Test, the then Captain Mike Denness dropped himself and Edrich was subsequently named as captain. He had little luck in that game when Dennis Lillee broke his ribs with the first ball of his second innings, although he did recover to bat later on, scoring 33 runs. England lost the test, and it was to be his first and final appearance as captain.
  • 1968
    Age 30
    His form at this time helped England play 27 consecutive Tests without defeat in 1968–71, and lose only one Test out of 40 in 1966–71.
    More Details Hide Details Edrich played in the first-ever One Day International (ODI), on 5 January 1971 against Australia. After the Third Test had been called off due to rain, the umpires called for an unscheduled match, consisting of 40 eight-ball overs per side. Edrich top-scored with 82 runs, thus scoring the first half-century in an ODI, and won the Man of the Match award. The following summer, Surrey won the County Championship for the first time since 1958, with Edrich's batting being an important factor in the county's success. By now, Stewart had dropped down the order to number three, and Edrich had formed another successful opening partnership with Mike Edwards. Stewart retired after the 1972 season, and from 1973–77 Edrich succeeded him as Surrey's captain.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1965
    Age 27
    He had by now become an established member of the England batting line-up, rarely omitted unless injured. Beginning with the 1965-66 Ashes series, he sometimes batted at number three rather than, as hitherto, opening the innings.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1970-71 Ashes series his 687 runs (52.85) kept him at the crease for 33 hours and 26 minutes, a record for a Test series until broken by Glenn Turner against West Indies the next season.
    Injuries to other players resulted in another recall to the England side for the Third Test against New Zealand at Headingley in July 1965, where he scored 310 not out.
    More Details Hide Details This innings spanned over 8 hours, and included 52 fours and 5 sixes – 238 runs or 77% of his innings. Commentators at the time said that he might have broken the existing Test record of 365 within another 90 minutes or so if his captain, Mike Smith, had not felt it necessary to declare the innings closed. However, a week later during the First Test against South Africa, he suffered a blow to the head from a short-pitched delivery by Peter Pollock. This was before helmets came into use, and he was forced to retire hurt on 7 not out. Wisden named Edrich as Cricketer of the Year in 1966 for his achievements in 1965, alongside Colin Bland, Dick Motz, Graeme Pollock and brother Peter Pollock. As well as his Test triple century, he had scored a total of 2,319 runs at an average of 62.67 during the season, including eight hundreds. At one stage, in nine successive innings he scored 139, 121*, 205*, 55, 96, 188, 92, 105 and 310*. Not previously known as a big hitter, he struck forty nine sixes during the course of the season.
  • 1964
    Age 26
    However, he was not selected for the 1964-65 tour of South Africa.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1956
    Age 18
    Having played four first-class matches for Combined Services in 1956 and 1957, whilst doing his national service, Edrich made his first-class debut for Surrey in their final fixture of the 1958 season.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he came to the fore, scoring 1,799 runs at an average of 52.91. Over the next four years he and Micky Stewart became a very effective opening partnership for the county, to the extent that both were called up for England for the Test series against the West Indies, who were dominating the sport at this time. Despite Edrich's strong performances for his county, he managed a total of only 108 Test runs in six innings facing the likes of Hall, Sobers and Griffith. However, an opportunity to break back into the international side arose when Geoffrey Boycott was injured during Australia's tour of England in 1964. Edrich was called up to the side for the Second Test, at Lord's, and did not disappoint, scoring 120. The match ended in a draw due to rain.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1937
    Born
    Born on June 21, 1937.
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