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Brian Close      

Full name Dennis Brian Close

Born February 24, 1931, Rawdon, Leeds, Yorkshire

Current age 83 years 55 days

Major teams England, Somerset, Yorkshire

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium, Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position Forward short leg

Dennis Brian Close
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 22 37 2 887 70 25.34 0 4 4 24 0
ODIs 3 3 0 49 43 16.33 50 98.00 0 0 7 1 1 0
First-class 786 1225 173 34994 198 33.26 52 171 813 1
List A 164 156 11 3458 131 23.84 2 11 53 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 22 23 1212 532 18 4/35 5/53 29.55 2.63 67.3 2 0 0
ODIs 3 1 18 21 0 - - - 7.00 - 0 0 0
First-class 786 69972 30947 1171 8/41 26.42 2.65 59.7 43 3
List A 164 2258 1436 66 4/9 4/9 21.75 3.81 34.2 2 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jul 23-26, 1949 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at Manchester, Jul 8-13, 1976 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v Australia at Manchester, Aug 24, 1972 scorecard
Last ODI England v Australia at Birmingham, Aug 28, 1972 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1949-1986
List A span 1972-1977
Profile

More stories have been told about Brian Close, or to be precise his eccentricities, than probably any postwar cricketer except maybe his fellow-Yorkshireman Fred Trueman. Close's courage, batting against the fastest bowling or fielding at short leg, was legendary. Seemingly impervious to pain himself, he used to say to anyone who flinched, or rubbed a bruise: "How can the ball hurt you? It's only on you for a second." On the one known occasion when he was hit by such force that he was knocked off his feet - by a short-arm pull by Hampshire's Danny Livingstone at Portsmouth - Close, sprang up and dismissed the slips and wicketkeeper (who were running towards him in concern) with an angry wave. Because he always tried to play the type of innings he considered the position of the match required, Close's record did scant justice to his talent, which was huge. He was a notably unselfish cricketer, a factor in the respect he won as Yorkshire, Somerset, and briefly, England captain, and the success his teams enjoyed. He was as stubborn as he was unselfish, however, and invariably found a pretext for a dismissal through some outlandish stroke. One from which the Yorkshire dressing-room derived most pleasure came when he was caught off a snow-gathering top-edge as he tried to pull John Price, the Middlesex fast bowler, into the Warner Stand at Lord's: "I had it covered for everything but uneven bounce," was Close's indignant explanation.
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Nov 2, 2001

Taken at The Lord's Taverners Club 1 November 2001

Brian Close Portrait 2001

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Sep 11, 2000

Sep 1983: Brian Close of England in action during a match.

Brian close batting

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Jul 10, 1976

Brian Close ways out of the way of a Michael Holding bouncer, England v West Indies, Old Trafford, July 10, 1976

Brian Close ways out of the way of a Michael Holding bouncer

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1964

Country Fixtures Country Results
Derbyshire v Hampshire at Derby - Apr 20-23
Hampshire 231/5
Durham v Somerset at Chester-le-Street - Apr 20-23
Durham 308 Somerset 7/0
Glamorgan v Gloucs at Cardiff - Apr 20-23
Glamorgan 47/6
Kent v Leics at Canterbury
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Lancashire v Warwickshire at Manchester - Apr 20-23
Lancashire 247 Warwickshire 63/0
Surrey v Essex at The Oval
Apr 20-23, 2014 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
Yorkshire v Northants at Leeds - Apr 20-23
Yorkshire 328/7
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