Michael Vaughan had led England to an Ashes triumph in 2005 © Getty Images
Michael Vaughan had led England to an Ashes triumph in 2005 © Getty Images

Johannesburg: Former England skippers Ian Botham and Michael Vaughan have expressed their condolences over the demise of Brian Close, who passed away on Monday at the age of 84 from lung cancer. “The best captain a young player could ever have wished for “Brian Close”! Myself & IVA owe you so much! RIP Closey,” Botham wrote on Twitter. Expressing his grief over Close’s demise, Vaughan said that he was a true inspiration, adding that Close helped him as a kid to grow up at Yorkshire. READ: Brian Close, former England captain and Yorkshire legend, passes away at 84

Former West Indian cricketer Michael Holding revealed that Close was very tough, adding that he was willing to go out and fight for his country, Sport24 reported. Close made his Test debut in 1949 against New Zealand at Old Trafford and ODI debut against Australia in 1972. The left-hander appeared in 22 Tests and remained unbeaten in his seven games as skipper. He also led his country towards winning the four championship titles. Close played his final first-class match at the age of 55 in 1985. READ: Brian Close, Yorkshire legend passes away: Twitter reacts

Earlier, ICC too had condoled the passing away of the former England captain. In a statement released by the ICC, Dave Ricgardson 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 Vivienne, their son Lance and daughter Lyn and extended family and friends at this difficult time.” READ: ICC condoles passing away of Brian Close