British Cricket Captains
British cricket captains are a renowned set of men who wowed cricket spectators and stood out as competent leaders on and in the field of cricket. Historically, Britain is the birthplace of cricket. As a result of colonialism primarily, the Anglophone world has gotten steeped into cricket. Cricket captains have the awesome responsibility of motivating and maneuvering the team to victory.
- Arthur Shrewsbury of Nottinghamshire was not only a great British cricket captain, but also a leader in rugby. In the 1880s, Shrewsbury enjoyed his peak years and was known as a very shrewd right-handed batsman who as captain won many more games than he lost. He headed the list of first-class batting averages at test matches. Prone to depression, Shrewsbury committed suicide after being given an incorrect diagnosis of terminal disease.
- Arthur Percy Frank Chapman was a left-handed British cricket captain born in Berkshire in the year 1900. A Cambridge university graduate, he was the record holder of seven consecutive cricket test match wins while serving as captain for his team. Chapman held the accolade of Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1919. A very prolific batsman, Chapman would score in the hundreds at cricket matches against Australia.
- John Michael Brearley was nominated British cricket captain who led his team to victory in seventeen cricket matches and lost only four. A Middlesex native, Brearley emerged captain for his team in 1976. Brearley also introduced some innovations to cricket namely wearing the "skullcap" which was actually a plastic, protective head gear placed under the cricket cap. This practice later became popularized as a standard wear with cricketers. Although Brearley never stood out neither as a great batsman nor bowler, his leadership and human resource management skills, eventually gave him the fame as having a "degree in people" and helped Britain gain many wins as he strategized and unified his teammates.
- Graham Alan Gooch was a former British cricket captain who enjoyed a long and prosperous career spanning the years 1973 to 2000. He also maintains the record as the longest standing cricketer with the most runs: 67,057. Not only that, Gooch has earned himself a position among the top twenty-five cricketers to have scored one hundred centuries at first-class cricket matches.
- David Ivon Gower was a British cricket captain who in his heyday was one of the highest ranking batsmen. After retiring from cricket, Gower became a noted cricket commentator and later on was honored with membership in the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame in 2009. His presence was strongly felt in One Day International matches in which he played at a record 114.
- Michael Andrew Atherton was also among British cricket captains in the 1990s. Atherton was nominated captain for his team when Australia beat England to a pulp on consecutive cricket test matches. He proved himself a wise choice when he overcame Australia in a final test match, breaking the series of losses. Among English batsmen, Atherton ranked among the upper crust—his best score was 510 runs and he was noted for his right-handed playing style.