Sports Desk, Amar Ujala, London
Updated Fri, 25 Dec 2020 5:24 PM IST
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Ederich had scored runs in first-class cricket. He scored nearly 40 thousand runs at an average of 45 in 564 matches played between 1956-78. During this time, he had 103 centuries and 188 half-centuries off his bat.
The England Cricket Board has expressed condolences to his family, mourning his death.
The ECB is saddened to learn of the passing of former England batsman John Edrich, at the age of 83.
Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends.
— England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) December 25, 2020
While former England all-rounder Ian Botham also paid tribute to him. Recalling the time he spent with her, Botham called him a brilliant human being. He said, “Sad to hear the news of John’s demise on Christmas day”.
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
— Ian Botham (@BeefyBotham) December 25, 2020
At the same time, former England cricketer Mark Butcher also shared a video of him and paid tribute to him and called Surrey County Cricket Club a great player.
Also, a test triple-centurion and @surreycricket legend #RIP https://t.co/YfnfxCwjBS
— mark butcher (@markbutcher72) December 24, 2020
Significantly, Ederich hit the first fours of the first ODI played in Melbourne in 1970–71. Apart from this, he had scored the first half-century of international ODI cricket. He also won the title of the first man of the match, scoring 82 runs in 119 balls. However, he had played only seven ODIs in his career.