Former England batsman Peter Richardson died at the age of 85 on Friday (February 17).
The left-handed batsman represented England in 34 Tests between 1956 and 1963, scoring 2,061 runs with the help of five centuries. He made a half-century in each innings (81 & 73) while making his debut for England against Australia at the Trent Bridge in 1956. He later hit 104 at Old Trafford that year in the Ashes Test which will be always remembered for Jim Laker’s world-record 19 wickets. Richardson went on to score 491 Test runs that year, the most by any batsman in the world.
He began his amateur career with Worcestershire and went on to play 161 first-class games for them between 1949 and 1958. The opening batsman was the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1957 before joining Kent in 1959 as a professional cricketer. Further, he made 162 first-class appearances before his retirement in 1965.
Peter Richardson scored 26,055 first-class runs, including 44 hundreds.
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