John Edrich made a dramatic early impact in his cricket career scoring twin hundreds in only his second county championship match for Surrey.
A compact, technically secure left-hander. Edrich was particularly notable for his courage against fast bowling, once batting on undefeated for 2 ½ hours after a ball from Dennis Lillee broke his rib.
He began his England career in 1963 facing the West Indian pacemen Wes Hall and Charlie Griffith, and ended it in 1976 against Michael Holding, Andy Roberts and Wayne Daniel. In the first Test of the 1976 series his undefeated 76, made over the course of almost five hours of the most hostile fast bowling, helped save the match for England. His unbroken three hour partnership with Brian Close remains a lasting example of resolution against the short ball.
After England claimed a slender lead of 21 after two low-scoring first innings, John Edrich’s innings of 115 laid the foundation for England’s imposing second innings of 340. He batted for almost 5 hours, striking 20 fours. New Zealand’s pursuit of 362 for victory was fruitless, as Derek Underwood demolished their batting, claiming 7 wickets as the visitors were bowled out for only 131, with only 22 year-old opener Glenn Turner resisting, carrying his bat for 43*.
John Hugh Edrich (1937 - )
77 Tests for England averaging 43.52 with the bat
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1966