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Full name Brian Maurice Brain
Born September 13, 1940, Worcester
Current age 74 years 195 days
Major teams Gloucestershire, Minor Counties, Worcestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 2 in
Education King's School, Worcester
|First-class span||1959 - 1981|
|List A span||1969 - 1982|
Brian Brain was a fast-medium opening bowler who made his debut for Worcestershire as a 17-year-old in 1959 but, despite taking nine wickets at 21 in two outings, had to wait five years before getting another chance. He grabbed that with both hands, taking 6 for 93 and 4 for 73 against Somerset, and he was a key part of the side as they completed their successful chase for their first Championship. He chipped in with 44 wickets as Worcestershire retained their crown in 1965, but still failed to secure a permanent first-team slot. In 1969 he finally did so, taking 73 wickets, but in 1970 he left the county but continued to play one-day cricket for them. He rejoined in 1973, and in both that and the next season he took 84 wickets, winning his third Championship medal in 1974. In 1976 he was not re-engaged by Worcester and so moved to Gloucestershire, enjoying an Indian summer with them. In 1977 he took 3 for 9 as they won the B&H Cup (he had been a losing finalist at Lord's twice with Worcester) and in 1977 and 1978 took 153 first-class wickets at 21, including 7 for 51 against the Australians. Although he was still opening the bowling aged 40, he struggled in 1981 and lost his place in the side. He retired at the end of the summer.
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.