England and Surrey cricketer John Edrich dies aged 83 after leukaemia battle

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Tributes have been paid following the death of England cricket star John Edrich at the age of 83.

Edrich, who also played for Surrey, passed away after a 20-year battle with leukaemia.

He was diagnosed with a rare form of the disease in 2000 and was initially given seven years to live.

However he battled on for two more decades after injections of mistletoe extract cured the cancer.

Edrich is remembered as one of only 25 men in history to score 100 first-class centuries, including seven against Australia.

His 310 not out against New Zealand in 1965 remains the international innings with most boundaries with Edrich smashing 52 fours as well as five sixes.

And his passing was met with emotional tributes from legends of the game, with Sir Ian Botham tweeting: “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.”

While Mike Selvey added: “RIP John Edrich. One of the finest and bravest players I ever saw.”

Edrich amassed over 5,000 runs for England in a 77-match Test career including 12 hundreds.

He also played in seven one day internationals for England, including their first ever match in the format against Australia in January 1971.

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