Mike Brearley

Published : Apr 14 2017 | Modified : Apr 14 2017

Mike Brearley

MikeBrearley also known as John Michael Brearley was born on 28th of April 1942. He was class one player in his era, having been the captain for 39 test matches, out of which he lost in only 3 of the test matches. He was the capain of Marylebone Cricket Club as well.

Personal Life:

Brearley completed his education his schooling from City of London School and graduation from St. John's College, Cambridge. Brearley’s father HoraceBrearley was the principal of the same school he completed his initial studies from. Till the time he completed his studies, Brearley had been performing great at cricket as a batsman and wicketkeeper. On scoring well in his debut playing, he was selected to play for Cambridge University for 5 years along with completing his post-graduation.

Brearley has been honored with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire OBE that is considered as a reward for the contributions in various forms to the society. After his retirement from cricket, Brearley has taken up writing and job of psychiatrist, and is currently working as leader of British Psychoanalytical Society. Brearley got hitched to Mana Sarabhai who is a Gujarati and are blessed with two children. Brearley did a sweet gesture of learning Gujarati for his wife for almost 4 long years.


Brearley started his career as a lecturer at University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, his profession being a lecturer wouldn’t leave him with much for his cricket passion. Due to this, he was not selected in the cricket series until 1976 for England. He played as a batsman and his performance wasn’t up to the mark and he failed to score a century. His qualities of great captaincy were noticed though; in 1977, he was selected as captain of England cricket team.

He was well known for his people soft skills, being a captain he would select the best of players for the team to play. Brearley was the captain when the incident of aluminum bat had occurred. He was quite innovative when it came to cricket equipments; he used to wear a skull cap which was made form plastic that protected his head and skull. This was then made famous by Indian batsman and later, commentator, Sunil Gavaskar.

Brearley has lost captaincy in the year 1980 and was handed over to Ian Botham. However, on resignation of Ian Botham from captaincy, Brearley joined in again as England’s team captain after a year. Brearley was considered the best captain as his strategies gave fruitful results than that of Botham. After retiring from cricket captaincy, he took up writing, motivational speaking and also a psychotherapist. He was awarded a PH. D degree by Oxford Brookes University. He also worked as a journalist in The Times and published a book named The Art of Captaincy. He was selected as leader of MCC; he had replaced Doug Insole for the same position.


MikeBrearley’s captaincy is considered one of a kind and his batting style was of right hand. Former cricketer then turned to author has made his way after retirement too.

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