Former Yorkshire and England captain Brian Close dies

Former Yorkshire cricketer Brian Close pictured in 2013. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Former Yorkshire cricketer Brian Close pictured in 2013. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Former Yorkshire and England captain Brian Close has died at the age of 84.

England's Brian Close hooks Michael Holding in 1976. Photo: PA Wire

England's Brian Close hooks Michael Holding in 1976. Photo: PA Wire - Credit: PA

Close became the youngest player ever to win a Test cap for England when he made his debut against New Zealand in 1949 as an 18-year-old.

The famously brave batsman went on to lead his country seven times in 22 Tests, and also captained his native county to win four county championship titles.


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