Full name William Eric Russell
Born July 3, 1936, Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Current age 80 years 265 days
Major teams England, Berkshire, Middlesex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||Pakistan v England at Lahore, Oct 21-26, 1961 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Pakistan at Lord's, Jul 27-Aug 1, 1967 scorecard|
|First-class span||1956 - 1972|
|List A span||1964 - 1976|
Eric Russell was a tall, classy, elegant opening batsman blessed with a delicate touch which enabled him to excel at the late cut and the leg glance. That correctness also applied to his appearance, and he was always well turned-out with his sleeves rolled halfway up his forearms. In many ways he was the natural successor at the top of the Middlesex order to Jack Robertson. His opportunities were limited by the presence of other openers, most notably Geoff Boycott and John Edrich. In his fourth Test, against Australia at Brisbane, he broke through with a gutsy 70, but immediately suffered a succession of injuries. He made six more appearances in the next two years without establishing himself. After leaving Middlesex he spent two seasons playing for Berkshire. In later years he was instrumental in developing the ground at Shenley into a prestigious cricket venue.
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