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Wisden Obituary

Brian Close

Apr 13, 2016: At times Brian Close' ability as an all-rounder, his outstanding record as a captain, and the store of anecdotes he inspired, were lost amid awestruck admiration for his courage against fast bowling or in the field, close to the bat.

1976

Facing Holding with a little thin towel

Sep 19, 2015: Brian Close and John Edrich won plenty of admirers - and took as many hits - on a brutal evening in Manchester in 1976

Martin Williamson

Brian Close 1931-2015

Close's toughness 'legendary' - Holding

Sep 15, 2015: Michael Holding has described Brian Close, who died on Sunday, as one of the "toughest people in the game"

ESPNcricinfo staff

Brian Close 1931-2015

'A rare individual who'd put pain aside'

Sep 15, 2015: Brian Close had the magical ability to defray pain as if it wasn't there

Geoffrey Boycott

'I have no idea where the courage came from'

Sep 15, 2015: In unpublished interviews conducted before his death, Brian Close remembered the blows he took from the cricket ball, and captaining Trueman, Boycott, Viv and Botham

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

The embodiment of a Yorkshireman

Sep 14, 2015: Brian Close was courageous, of course, but also outspoken, indestructible, and bloody-minded

David Hopps

Brian Close 1931-2015

'Bravest short leg ever'

Sep 14, 2015: A round-up of the tributes for former England captain Brian Close, who died aged 84

ESPNcricinfo staff

Obituary: Brian Close, 1931-2015

Cricket's tough guy

Sep 14, 2015: Brian Close was one of the most courageous cricketers ever to take to the field, but he was so much more than that and not only in Yorkshire will his immense qualities be revered

Derek Hodgson

Brian Close 1931-2015

Former England captain Close dies aged 84

Sep 14, 2015: Brian Close, the former captain of England, Yorkshire and Somerset and one of cricket's most admired characters, has died at the age of 84

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Tao of short leg

Banished to Boothill

Apr 11, 2014: The short leg position has traditionally gone to the junior pro, chosen for being disposable, not necessarily well-qualified

John Westerby

Benaud's Manchester miracle

Aug 1, 2013: England needed 256 in 230 minutes at Old Trafford. Ted Dexter blazed 76 but a wily Australian captain had the final say

Interviews by Nagraj Gollapudi

1967

Geoff Boycott's Indian bore

Sep 22, 2012: As the England opener showed, there are occasions when the score itself is less important than the way the runs are accumulated

Martin Williamson

ODIs: still necessary, no longer evil

Sep 5, 2012: How much of the backbone England currently show can be traced to the benefits of one-day cricket?

Rob Steen

England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Edgbaston, 4th day

Joyful Tino produces day to remember

Jun 10, 2012: Tino Best came within five runs of immortality and did so with a brilliance that put him up there with anybody in the great litany of Test cricket's unlikely performances

Mark Nicholas

'You need to change the way the batsman plays'

Feb 9, 2012: Fielding up close to the bat isn't just about pulling off blinding catches and taking blows to the body

Interviews by Daniel Brettig and Nagraj Gollapudi

1976

Luck and a helicopter

Sep 26, 2009: The 1976 John Player League went down to the wire... and left the BBC relying on guesswork to avoid backing a losing horse

Martin Williamson

Brian Close

Life of Brian

Aug 4, 2009: Sixty years ago he was a prodigy who served notice to the world - before he went missing and later turned up as a brave old man against the West Indies firing squad

Alan Hill

Cricinfo XI

Ripe old age

Jul 31, 2007: Eleven players who continued turning out well beyond normal retirement age

Martin Williamson

Vic Marks on Brian Close

Learning at Close quarters

Jul 17, 2007: He didn't always remember Vic Marks' name but that didn't stop Brian Close earning a lasting place in the Somerset spinner's affections

Brian Close

1976

Who's grovelling now?

May 19, 2007: When Tony Greig overstepped the line on the eve of England's series against West Indies

Martin Williamson
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