Brian Close

England Cricket Legend


The Youngest man to represent England within Test Cricket, Brian Close CBE was selected to represent his country at the age of 18 years and 149 days. He achieved a total of 22 Test match caps for his country, taking the captaincy through seven of them. Former Yorkshire and Somerset captain, Close is well known as a charismatic and compelling character. A well respected cricket speaker, Brian talks of his times as an elite cricketer and what it takes to achieve sporting and life ambitions.

A career which spanned 29 years from 1948 to 1977, he came close to scoring 35,000 runs including 52 centuries. As well as those impressive states, he took 1,168 dismissals as a bowler and over 800 catches. Awarded the captaincy of England after some solid performances, Brian Close is one of the most prolific England cricket players of all time. Delivering talks as an after dinner speaker across the country at events and functions as a cricket speaker, Brian is a charming and eloquent personality who can tailor his content to a client’s brief.

A solid, daring and audacious cricketer, Brian Close is a true warrior of his time. With brains capable of conquering Oxbridge if the plan of professional sportsman was to fail, Close has an interesting mix; overly developed academic abilities coupled with the intrepid ability to fearlessly face some of the most revered bowlers at that time without even flinching. Close provides an insight into how the world of sport has developed as a cricket speaker over the 37 years since his retirement. An engaging after dinner speaker, Close is the ideal addition to an event with his ability to deliver engage and intrigue audience members at will.

Experienced and full of wisdom, Brian Close is the ideal addition to any event as a cricket speaker or to act as an after dinner speaker for events and functions. To book Brian with the Champions Speakers agency today, fill out our online form below or call us on +44 1509 85 29 27.

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  • Drive and Determination

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