Brian Close (Cricket Player) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Brian Close

Dennis Brian Close, was an English first-class cricketer, the youngest man ever to play Test cricket for England. He was picked to play against New Zealand in July 1949, when he was 18 years old. Close went on to play 22 Test matches for England, captaining them seven times to six wins and one drawn test. Close also captained Yorkshire to four county championship titles – the main domestic trophy in English cricket. He later went on to captain Somerset, where he is widely credited with developing the county into a hard-playing team, and helping to mould Viv Richards and Ian Botham into the successful players they became. Throughout his cricket career, which lasted from 1948 until the 1977 season, Close was one of the most charismatic and well-known cricketers. He scored almost 35,000 runs as a batsman, including 52 centuries with a highest innings score of 198. He also took 1,168 wickets as a bowler, over 800 catches as a fielder and one stumping, as a stand-in wicket-keeper.

Full name: Dennis Brian Close
Born: February 24, 1931, Rawdon, Yorkshire, England
Died: September 13, 2015, Baildon, Yorkshire, England
Batting style: Left-handed
Bowling style: Right-arm off break / medium
Role: All-rounder

About Brian Close

The youngest man ever to play Test cricket for England, he captained England in 7 of his 22 Test matches, and later captained Somerset.

Before Fame

He was serving a “confined to barracks” punishment during his military service when selected for his first international cricket tour in 1950.


He has long opposed one-day cricket, or ODI’s, believing that it diminishes a player’s skills.

Family Life

He was the second eldest of five boys and a girl born to Harry and Esther Close.


He and Mark Harman both played county cricket for Somerset.

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Latest information about Brian Close updated on September 12, 2020.

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