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England’s cricketers are wearing black armbands during this week’s first Test against Sri Lanka in honour of Surrey legends & internationals John Edrich and Robin Jackman.

This is the first England fixture since opening batsman Edrich & seam bowler Jackman died in December 2020.

In 2019, Surrey fans all over the world voted for Edrich to open the batting alongside Sir Jack Hobbs in the Club’s ‘Greatest XI’, selected to mark the 175th Anniversary of Surrey CCC.

He will be permanently remembered at the Kia Oval by the John Edrich Gates, the main vehicle entrance to the ground at the Pavilion End, which he officially opened in 2015

To read a full obituary, written by Surrey historian Richard Spiller, please click here.

Jackman gave his all for Surrey, from his debut in 1966 until his final appearance in 1982.

Between 1966 and 1982, Jackman took 1,206 first-class wickets for Surrey, adding a further 399 in the limited overs game. To read an obituary of Jackman, click here.

The armbands also commemorate former Sussex & England all-rounder Don Smith, who passed away this week at age of 97.