5 great England captains – including birthday boy Mike Brearley

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Mike Brearley, one of the most celebrated captains in cricket history, was born on this day in 1942.

Brearley is widely credited as one of the best to lead England and even wrote a well respected book on the subject in 1985 – The Art of Captaincy.

Here the PA news agency considers him and a quartet of other skippers who could claim to be the best England have had in Test cricket.

Douglas Jardine (captained 15, winning nine from 1931-34)

Douglas Jardine, captured in 1929.
Douglas Jardine, captured in 1929 (PA Archive)

Ray Illingworth (captained 31, winning 12 between 1969-73)

Mike Brearley (captained 31, winning 18 between 1977-81)

The 1981 Ashes were Brearley's career high.
The 1981 Ashes were Brearley’s career high (PA Archive)

Michael Vaughan (captained 51, winning 26 between 2003-08)

  • Won 26
  • Drew 14
  • Lost 11

Sir Andrew Strauss (captained 50, winning 24 between 2006-12)

England went to number one in the world under Strauss.
England went to number one in the world under Strauss (Anthony Devlin/PA)

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