Mike Brearley      

Full name John Michael Brearley

Born April 28, 1942, Harrow, Middlesex

Current age 72 years 143 days

Major teams England, Cambridge University, Middlesex

Nickname Brears, Scagg

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Other Journalist, Author

Height 5 ft 11 in

Education City of London School; St John's College, Cambridge

Relation Father - H Brearley

John Michael Brearley
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 39 66 3 1442 91 22.88 4839 29.79 0 9 131 0 52 0
ODIs 25 24 3 510 78 24.28 1120 45.53 0 3 47 0 12 0
First-class 455 768 102 25186 312* 37.81 45 134 418 12
List A 272 264 32 6135 124* 26.44 3 37 111 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 39 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 25 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 455 315 192 3 1/6 64.00 3.65 105.0 0 0
List A 272 48 60 4 2/3 2/3 15.00 7.50 12.0 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v West Indies at Nottingham, Jun 3-8, 1976 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 27-Sep 1, 1981 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v Australia at Manchester, Jun 2, 1977 scorecard
Last ODI England v West Indies at Sydney, Jan 22, 1980 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1961-1983
List A span 1965-1982
Profile

Mike Brearley was an outstanding captain - intuitive, resourceful, sympathetic and clear-thinking - but at Test level his tremendous record owed much to a superb and versatile attack. Its spearheads, Bob Willis and Ian Botham, took respectively 112 wickets (at 24) and 150 wickets (at 19) under Brearley's leadership, and missed only five Tests between them. Brearley unusually combined a scholarly mind (a first in Classics and a 2:1 in Moral Sciences at Cambridge) and a total lack of intellectual snobbery, enabling him to make easy friendships at every social level. He first took charge in 1977, when Tony Greig's undercover work for World Series Cricket came to light. But it was his final series, in 1981, that made certain of his lasting fame. Taking over from Botham, who lost his own confidence and the selectors' after an Australian win at Trent Bridge and a pair at Lord's, Brearley so completely and rapidly restored it that Botham, with bat then ball then bat, propelled England to three successive victories, the first from a seemingly impossible position at Headingley. Brearley pulled the strings, however. He never appeared ruffled either on or off the field: a favourite answer when a bowling change or team selection was criticised would be a smiling "You never know, the alternative might have been still worse." His batting record for England was inadequate. But he was well worth his place without a stack of runs. As Rodney Hogg, the Australian fast bowler, put it: "He has a degree in people."
John Thicknesse

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Jan 12, 2012

Mike Brearley at the MCC  World Cricket Committee conference, Cape Town, January 10, 2012

Mike Brearley at the MCC World Cricket Committee conference

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Jan 10, 2012

Mike Brearley speaks at the MCC World Cricket Committee media conference, Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa, January 10, 2012

Mike Brearley speaks at a press conference

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Jan 10, 2012

 John Stephenson, Mike Brearley, Barry Richards and Majid Khan at the MCC  World Cricket Committee conference, Cape Town, January 10, 2012

John Stephenson, Mike Brearley, Barry Richards and Majid Khan at the MCC World Cricket Committee conference

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1977

Country Fixtures Country Results
Hampshire v Kent at Southampton - Sep 15-18
Match drawn
Notts v Sussex at Nottingham - Sep 15-18
Sussex won by 191 runs
Somerset v Middlesex at Taunton - Sep 15-18
Match drawn
Final: Durham v Warwickshire at Lord's
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Derbyshire v Leics at Derby
Sep 23-26, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
Essex v Worcs at Chelmsford
Sep 23-26, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
Glamorgan v Hampshire at Cardiff
Sep 23-26, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
Kent v Gloucs at Canterbury
Sep 23-26, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
Lancashire v Middlesex at Manchester
Sep 23-26, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
Northants v Sussex at Northampton
Sep 23-26, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
Warwickshire v Durham at Birmingham
Sep 23-26, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
Yorkshire v Somerset at Leeds
Sep 23-26, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
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