Ex-England opener Boycott on the mend

Geoffrey Boycott 'resting' and cracking jokes on social media after undergoing heart surgery

AAP

11 July 2018, 09:22 AM

Former England batsman and prominent international cricket commentator Geoffrey Boycott is recovering after undergoing quadruple open heart bypass surgery.

In a statement posted on her father's official Twitter account, Emma Boycott said the 77-year-old Yorkshireman had the procedure in Leeds, northern England, on June 27 and spent 10 days in a cardiac critical care unit.

Responding to a post from a well-wisher, Boycott said he was "resting," with his daughter typing the replies on his behalf.

His sense of humour also appears unaffected, with Boycott already cracking jokes on Twitter and engaging in banter with fellow commentator Jonathan Agnew.

Boycott played 108 Tests for England between 1964 and 1982, scoring 8,114 runs - often slowly - at an impressive average of 47.72.

He hit 22 Test centuries and 42 half-centuries. His highest Test score was 246 not out off 555 balls against India in 1967.

Playing for Yorkshire and England, Boycott was renowned for his defensive play - and ability to frustrate opposition bowlers - but more recently has become known for his punditry on television and radio.