England’s legendary cricketer John Edrich has died following a long-running battle with leukaemia aged 83. Edrich is one of only 25 men in history to score over 100 first-class centuries – seven of which were delivered against Australia.
Edrich is famous for being one of the bravest batsmen of all time and his risks often came with rewards.
His total of 310 not out against New Zealand at Headingley in 1965 saw him amass 52 fours and five sixes – a record amount of boundaries in an international innings which still stands.
A number of Edrich’s bones suffered breaks and fractures because of the courageous way he faced every type of bowler.
But the worse was to come. In 2000 Edrich was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia and was given seven years to live.
He moved to Scotland and cured the cancer with injections of mistletoe extract.
However, he has sadly passed away over this festive period, but his memory will live on forever.
Former cricketer turned commentator Ian Botham led the tributes to Edrich by tweeting: “Very sad news today to wake up on Christmas Day and to be told that John Edrich has passed away!!
“A wonderful man who I was lucky enough to spend some quality time with…RIP.”
Mike Selvey added: “RIP John Edrich. One of the finest and bravest players I ever saw.”