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John Michael Brearley (born 28 April 1942) is a retired English first-class
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er who captained Cambridge University, Middlesex, and
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. He captained the international side in 31 of his 39 Test matches, winning 17 and losing only 4. He was the President of the
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(MCC) in 2007–08. Since his retirement from professional cricket he has pursued a career as a writer and psychoanalyst, serving as President of the
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2008–10. In 2015, an article in the
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ranked Brearley as England's greatest ever cricket captain. He is married to Mana Sarabhai who is from
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and they have two children together.


Early life

Brearley was educated at the
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(where his father Horace Brearley, Horace, himself a first-class cricketer, was a master). While at St. John's College, Cambridge, Brearley excelled at cricket (he was then a wicketkeeper/batsman). After making 76 on his first-class cricket, first-class debut as a wicketkeeper, he played for Cambridge University Cricket Club, Cambridge University between 1961 and 1968 (captaining the side from 1964 onwards), first as an undergraduate in the Classical and Moral Sciences tripos, and then as a postgraduate. While still at Cambridge, he was chosen for the
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(MCC) tour to South Africa in 1964–65, and to captain the Marylebone Cricket Club Under-25 cricket team in Pakistan in 1966–67, MCC Under-25 side in Pakistan in 1966–67, where he scored 312 not out against North Zone (his highest first-class score) and 223 against the Pakistan Under-25 side he ended the tour with 793 runs from six matches at an average of 132.


County cricket

From 1961 onwards, he played for Middlesex County Cricket Club, often opening the innings with Michael J. Smith (cricketer), Michael Smith. As captain between 1971 English cricket season, 1971 and 1982 English cricket season, 1982, he led Middlesex to County Championships in 1976, 1977 (jointly with Kent County Cricket Club, Kent), 1980 and 1982; and he appeared in Free Foresters Cricket Club, Free Foresters' very last first-class fixture, in 1968 English cricket season, 1968, keeping wicket and scoring 91.


International cricket

In part because of his pursuit of an academic career as a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which limited his cricketing activity in 1969 English cricket season, 1969 and 1970 English cricket season, 1970, Brearley was not selected for England until the age of 34 in 1976. His record in Test cricket as a batsman was modest (he averaged 22.88 in 66 Test innings, without a century), but he was an outstanding captain. Having previously kept wicket, he was also a fine slip catcher, usually at first slip. He took over as captain of England in 1977. His management skills (he was once described by Rodney Hogg as having "a degree in people") drew the best from the players in his team, although he was fortunate to be able to call on the services of Bob Willis, David Gower and Ian Botham at their peak. Brearley was captain during the infamous ComBat, aluminium bat incident in 1979, when he objected to Dennis Lillee's use of a metal bat instead of one made of willow. On the same tour, he caused controversy at the end of an international one-day match against the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground when he ordered all his fielders, including the wicketkeeper, to the boundary with three runs required off the last ball (this was legal by the rules of the time). He had been an innovator regarding cricket equipment himself, wearing a 'skull cap' under his England cap in 1977 (in the days before players wore helmets). It consisted of a plastic protector with two side pieces protecting his temples. It was later popularised by the Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar. Brearley captained England to the final of the 1979 Cricket World Cup, scoring 53 in the semi-final against New Zealand and 64 in the final against the West Indies. However, his opening partnership of 129 with Geoff Boycott in the final used up 38 of 60 allotted overs; although it was recognised that a potent pace attack of Andy Roberts (cricketer), Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Colin Croft and Joel Garner needed to be countered, the speed of the partnership greatly added to the pressure on the rest of the order. Garner bowled a spell of 5 wickets for 4 runs to induce a drastic collapse and hand the West Indies the match and the World Cup by 92 runs. Having passed the England captaincy to Ian Botham in 1980 (losing his Test place in the process), Brearley returned as captain following Botham's resignation for the third Test against Australia national cricket team, Australia at Headingley Cricket Ground, Headingley in Australian cricket team in England in 1981, 1981, going on to win the match and two of the remaining three matches of the series to win the Ashes 3–1. His leadership benefited from Botham's recovered form following his winless captaincy record and his nosedive in form (he had made a pair (cricket), pair in the second Test at Lord's) to take a first-innings 6 for 95 and score 50 and 149 not out in the third Test at Headingley, bowl a spell of 5 wickets for 1 run in the fourth Test at Edgbaston, score 118 from 102 balls in the fifth Test at Old Trafford, and take a 10-wicket match haul (6 for 125 and 4 for 128) in the sixth Test at the Oval.


Post-cricket career

Brearley opposed sporting links with apartheid South Africa, seconding a motion to the MCC in 1968 calling for the cessation of tours until there was actual progress towards non-racial cricket. He seconded the motion from David Sheppard to the MCC, calling for the England tour to South Africa to be cancelled, and was a supporter of John Arlott who campaigned in ''The Guardian'' for the same objective. He is now a psychoanalyst, psychotherapist (registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council, BPC), motivational speaker, and part-time cricket journalist for ''The Times''. He was appointed an Order of the British Empire, OBE in 1978, and published ''The Art of Captaincy'' in 1985. He published another book, ''On Form'', in 2017. In 1998, he became an Honorary Fellow of his Cambridge college, St. John's College, Cambridge, St. John's and in 2006 was awarded an honorary doctorate by Oxford Brookes University. Brearley succeeded Doug Insole as President of MCC on 1 October 2007, and chose Derek Underwood to succeed him at the end of his term. He was president of the
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, 2008–10.


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