Cricket Throwback Today 9th July, Aaj ka itihaas: John Edrich registered the record for most boundaries in a test innings Today in 1965
John Edrich (ICC)  |  Photo Credits: Twitter
- Today in cricket history – 9th July – John Edrich did the biggest miracle
- Edrich made this day memorable in the Test match played between England and New Zealand in 1965
- Stunned triple century and together made the record for most boundaries in an innings
Test cricket is the oldest format as well as the slowest format in the game of cricket. Batsmen in this format believe in taking the time to carry on the innings with restraint so that the team can be strengthened in the five-day match. But there have been some batsmen who do not believe in these things. He plays in Test cricket in the same way as batsmen today play in ODI or T20 cricket. John Edrich’s name also comes in this list. An England batsman who did not have T20 cricket in his era, but on July 9, 1965, six years before the start of ODI cricket, this player showed the world what a blazing batting is.
We are talking about three matches of the Test series between England and New Zealand played in Leeds in 1965. In that match, England team won the toss and decided to bat first. England’s first wicket fell within just 13 runs in the form of Bob Barber, but after that the havoc of the second opener John Edrich started.
That boundary-filled triple century, Sehwag at number two
John Edrich took the lead after the fall of the first wicket and started batting quickly. He batted for 532 minutes during which he scored an unbeaten 310 off 450 balls. His innings included 52 fours and 5 sixes. That is, 238 runs (77 percent) of his innings came through the boundary. This is the world record for the most number of boundaries hit in any Test innings, which remains till date. At number two in this list comes the name of former India’s legendary opener Virender Sehwag, who played a blistering Test innings of 254 runs in 247 balls against Pakistan in Lahore in 2006. His innings included 47 fours and 1 six.
England scored 546 runs
In that match, apart from John Edrich, Ken Barrington also played an innings of 163 runs, who hit 26 fours. On the basis of these two batsmen, England scored 546 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in the first innings and declared the innings. The visiting New Zealand team, who came to answer, was bundled out for just 193 runs in their first innings. After this, England fed him a follow-on and in this second innings, he was beaten by an innings and 187 runs in the second innings.
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