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Brian Close takes evasive action against a Michael Holding bouncer

Wisden Obituary

Brian Close

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.

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Brian Close stops a ball from Jack Cheetham as keeper Keith Andrew looks on

Brian Close 1931-2015

The simplest, yet greatest, catch

Mike Selvey, writing in The Guardian, recalls Brian Close's act of courage against Gary Sobers at The Oval, where he refused to flinch at the prospect of a full-blooded hook headed his way at short leg

Bill Ricquier

Brian Close in the firing line at Old Trafford

Brian Close 1931-2015

Close to steel

Brian Close was a player whose physical bravery was second to none

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Brian Close takes evasive action against a Michael Holding bouncer

Brian Close 1931-2015

Close's toughness 'legendary' - Holding

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