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The art of catching

Earlier this week I wrote a short appreciation of the life of cricketer Brian Close upon the news of his death.

There have been many words spoken and written since on the same theme and reviewing the illustrious career of the sometime England captain.

Today I spotted another, written by Mike Selvey for The Guardian, on the subject of the greatest catch he ever saw Close take. It’s not quite as good as the possibly apocryphal one about the time that – fielding at short leg – Close was struck on the forehead and simply shouted “Catch it!, which someone duly did – at second slip. Asked what might have happened if the ball had hit him an inch or two lower, Close allegedly replied “He’d have been caught at gully”.

Any, here’s a link to the Mike Selvey article – THE GUARDIAN

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