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    Hardest ever player

    Just been watching some old footage of Brian Close facing Andy Roberts (pre helmet days). He was hit numerous times, never flinched, just carried on playing with a small plaster on his elbow.

    Was he the hardest man ever to play the game?
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    Certainly very probably the player who made most of a show out of being a hardman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_roc View Post
    Just been watching some old footage of Brian Close facing Andy Roberts (pre helmet days). He was hit numerous times, never flinched, just carried on playing with a small plaster on his elbow.

    Was he the hardest man ever to play the game?
    He's certainly up there - as is Jardine in the "however hard you hit me I won't flinch" stakes

    Bill Voce was a hard man too - he was Harold Larwood's minder when they went out drinking - I read somewhere that his party trick was tearing telephone directories in half

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    Who was the bloke in the 19th century whose padless legs were black and blue after one innings and almost had to suffer an amputation as a result? Sounds pd hard to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Alfred Mynn
    Thank you - that's the one.


    The other Englishman in recent time who was supposed to be hard as nails was Peter Willey. Mind you, when you heard about Australians going swimming with crocodiles (Hayden?) or Saffers mixing it with armed muggers (Hall?) then we're a bunch of blouses in comparison.
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    Justin langer was pretty tough, he has taken some heavy knocks but has always came back fighting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Alfred Mynn
    Heard the name before and have a book which talks about him among other cricketers. Will try to read up more online and in the book.

    Also, would like to say you are one of the most knowledgeable posters on the forum.

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    Maybe not the hardest ever, but The Bank Clerk Who Went to War is deserving of a mention at least. Stood up to Lillian Thomson at her impressive best and won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year as a result.

    Hard to go past Close tho; fella was clearly borderline pathological from some of the stories related in fred's recent trilogy on the great man.
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    link to the trilogy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratters View Post
    link to the trilogy?
    Enjoy.

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    Thanks mate. I do read the cricket books section regularly but I should be reading more of the main site. The quality is usually excellent. I don't feel sleepy and will wake the night out and am waiting for the Oscars to start in a few hours. This should be delicious reading.

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