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Sunday, 6 August, 2000, 06:43 GMT 07:43 UK
Edrich diagnosed with cancer
Edrich offers advice to Alec Stewart
Edrich offers advice to Alec Stewart
Former England star John Edrich has revealed that he has been diagnosed with incurable leukaemia.

The 63-year-old, who played 79 Tests for his country, is undergoing oral chemotherapy and has been given no longer than seven years to live.

The former Surrey captain told The Mail on Sunday: "I hadn't seen a doctor for about 10 years, but I'd been feeling tired for a while. Having taken blood tests they discovered leukaemia.

"It was quite a shock. You can't fight it. You have to have faith in your consultant and the treatment."

Edrich, who was voted one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year in 1966, made his Test debut in the first Test against West Indies at Manchester in 1963 and won his last international cap against the same opposition 13 years later.

His career-high of 310 not out was made against New Zealand at Leeds in 1965 and he scored 12 centuries and amassed 5138 runs in his Test career.

He captained Surrey for five seasons, and led England once, when Mike Denness dropped himself on the 1974-75 tour of Australia.

In making an unbeaten 33 in the Test Edrich battled gamely after having his ribs broken by the first ball he faced from Denis Lillee.

He received the MBE for services to cricket in 1977 and was England's batting coach in 1995.

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