Cricket: Former England and Yorkshire cricketer Brian Close dies at 84

Brian Close, the former Yorkshire batsman and the youngest cricketer to have played a Test for England, has died aged 84.

The left-hander made his debut at 18 years and 149 days against New Zealand at Old Trafford in 1949, and went on to play 22 Tests. Close was unbeaten in his seven games as captain, leading players including Geoff Boycott and Colin Cowdrey.

The famously brave batsman also captained his native county to win four county championship titles.

Yorkshire, who sealed the County Championship on Saturday, tweeted: "It is with deep sadness that former Yorkshire & England star Brian Close has passed away."

His final first-class match came at the age of 55 in 1985, and he finished only six shy of 35,000 career runs.