J.H. Edrich

175

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John Edrich’s final Test century of his 77 match career came in the Ashes Test of 1975, as he struck 175 against Australia at Lord’s.

Edrich made his seventh hundred against Australia, a number only exceeded at the time by the likes of Sir Jack Hobbs, Wally Hammond and Herbert Sutcliffe. His innings included 21 fours and was the second highest innings against Australia at Lord’s.

England made 315 all out to which Australia were bowled out for 268 in reply. It was clear that England needed to force the issue if they were to emerge victorious in this tussle and Edrich found himself unbeaten on 104 at the end of the third day.

He continued to be the linchpin of a solid England innings and when he finally departed with the score on 387, the hosts were well on their way to declaring. Tony Greig set the Aussies 484 to win in just over eight hours, and they reached 329 for 3 as the match was drawn.

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