John Edrich

England|Opening Batter
John Edrich
INTL CAREER: 1963 - 1976
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Full Name

John Hugh Edrich


June 21, 1937, Blofield, Norfolk


December 23, 2020, North Scotland, (aged 83y 185d)

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Medium

Playing Role

Opening Batter


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Wisden overview
The youngest member of a prolific Norfolk cricket family, John Edrich was the sort of opening batsman every team-mate, and all selection panels, yearns for. A stocky left-hander of infinite discipline and courage, he knew his limitations and played to them unblinkingly, waiting for the right ball to put away. His main scoring areas were square on the off side, where he square-cut and punched either side of cover point with equal certainty, and through midwicket, where he was prolific. Years before batting helmets were even thought of, he was badly injured in 1965 when, following a sequence which brought him 1311 runs in nine innings, a triple-century against New Zealand, he ducked into a short ball from Peter Pollock, South Africa's fastest bowler of the 1960s. The ball seamed up the Lord's slope and hit Edrich on the forehead, knocking him cold. But as when Lillee broke two of his ribs at Sydney in 1974-75, it made no difference to Edrich's game at all: he just stayed in line and took whatever came his way. He was also a realist. On the rare occasions he was struggling for runs, he turned to Wisden to check how many runs he had made. "Twenty thousand, eh?" he would say to himself: "I can't be such a bad player after all!" John Thicknesse

Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
List A160154184792108*35.23--139--440
List A160-000-----000
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Debut/Last Matches - Player
John Edrich at the unveiling of a gate in his name at The Oval
John Edrich
Batsman John Edrich hands over an extra large bat brought to the field by a spectator to wicketkeeper Deryck Murray
The England XII against Australia, 2nd Test, Lord's, July 1975
Mike Denness and John Edrich tend to the prone Ewen Chatfield
John Edrich is hit by a ball from Dennis Lillee