Yorkshire legend Geoffrey Boycott recovering from open heart surgery

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Former England and Yorkshire batsman Geoffrey Boycott is recovering from quadruple open heart bypass surgery, his family announced on Tuesday.

In a statement posted on her father's official Twitter account Emma Boycott said the 77-year-old had the procedure in Leeds on June 27, and spent 10 days in the Cardiac Critical Care Unit.

Boycott has been a commentator for the BBC's Test Match Special, and, his family said, was hoping to be able to return to work for England's third Test against India at Trent Bridge, which starts on August 18.

"The surgeon says the operation was a success and has now allowed him home to recover from the invasive surgery," the statement posted by @BabyBoycs read.

"This will take some time so he will not be commentating at the start of the England v India Test match series but hopes to be back at work for the 3rd Test match at Nottingham."

Boycott played 108 Tests for England between 1964 and 1982, scoring 8,114 runs at an average of 47.72. He hit 22 Test centuries and 42 half-centuries.

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

During his time at the crease, Boycott was renowned for his defensive play, but more recently the Yorkshireman has become known for his at times scathing punditry on television and radio.

A message on the official BBC Test Match Special Twitter account read: "We wish @GeoffreyBoycott a speedy recovery & look forward to welcoming you back into the @bbctms box soon."