England is the oldest cricketing nation in the world and one of the oldest Test-playing nations, which is why it is not a surprise that it has produced plenty of gifted cricketers throughout the course of its history.
Among them, England has also produced some of the greatest opening batsmen in history and among them, some happen to be left-handed batsmen.
While opening batsmen like Len Hutton, Herbert Sutcliffe and Geoffrey Boycott are hugely famous, not much is talked about the great left-handed opening batsmen that the country has produced (other than Alastair Cook).
So, here is a look at 5 of the very best left-handed opening batsmen that England has ever had.
#5 Peter Richardson
The left-handed opening batsmen Peter Richardson had a distinguished 7-year-long international Test career for England during which he played 34 Test matches and went on to become one of the most reliable batsmen on the side.
The left-handed batsman was an elegant player and had the defensive game to counter whatever was thrown at him in the early exchanges.
Among the handful of really top class left-handed opening batsmen that the English national team have had, Richardson is one of the best and is the 5th highest run scorer among them, with an aggregate of 2061 runs in 34 Test matches.
Richardson averaged 37.47 and made 5 centuries, in addition to 9 fifties during the course of his career. He had also been a long-serving member of the Kent and Worcestershire teams in the County Championships.