He made his Test debut against New Zealand as an 18-year-old in 1949, a record which still stands,
In a statement the ICC said Close will be remembered as one of the great leaders of English cricket. He made his Test debut against New Zealand as an 18-year-old in 1949, a record which still stands, and went on to represent his country on 22 occasions, captaining the side seven times.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “His playing career has become synonymous with bravery and his tenacity against the feared West Indies pace attack of the 1970’s, especially, still resonates with many cricket followers across the world. On behalf of the cricket community, the ICC would like to express its sincere condolences to his widow Vivien, their son Lance and daughter Lyn and extended family and friends at this difficult time.”
In addition to his international prowess where he led England to six wins and one draw, Close also led his home county Yorkshire to four County Championship titles and the Gillette Cup twice. He also represented Somerset towards the end of his career. In a first-class career spanning 37 years (from 1949-86) he scored almost 35,000 runs, a tally which included 52 centuries, and claimed 1,171 wickets.