The former England left-handed opening batsman, Peter Edward Richardson died aged 85 on Friday 17 th February. He represented England in 34 Test Matches scoring 2,061 runs at an average of 37.47 with 5 tons and 9 half-centuries. Moreover, he had 26,055 runs under his name in the 454 First-Class Matches that he played at an average of 34.60 with 44 tons and 140 half-centuries.
In 1952, Richardson started playing for Worcestershire and then later he changed his team to Kent and on many occasions, he scored more than 1,000 runs in a season.
He made his debut 1956 in an Ashes Series Test against Australia, in which he scored 81 and 73 i.e. 2 half-centuries in the first test itself. He also registered his first hundred in the same series at Old Trafford. He made 491 test runs that year- most by any batsman in that year.
He was also named as one of the Wisden’s Cricketer of the year in 1957. His first century came in that historic test match which is famous for Jim Laker’s 19 wickets at Old Trafford, in which he made 104 runs.
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