Rob Baker      

Full name Robert Michael Baker

Born July 24, 1975, Osborne Park, Perth, Western Australia

Current age 44 years 210 days

Major teams Western Australia

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Robert Michael Baker
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 30 53 7 1308 111* 28.43 1 6 25 0
List A 29 26 7 367 55 19.31 0 1 6 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 30 1822 891 24 6/53 37.12 2.93 75.9 1 0
List A 29 408 370 9 3/25 3/25 41.11 5.44 45.3 0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1994/95 - 1999/00
List A span 1995/96 - 2001/02

A quiet and unassuming cricketer, Rob Baker showed great promise as a junior player, ultimately becoming Australia's under-19 captain in 1994 and an inductee of the Australian Cricket Academy the same year. As a skilled middle order batsman and handy left arm spin bowler, he duly progressed to make his senior state debut in 1995-96 and compiled a superb 83 in the Sheffield Shield Final that season to underline his ability. Depth in batting resources made it hard for him to win a permanent berth for the next three seasons but, when he struck his maiden first-class century (against Tasmania in Perth) in 1998-99 and followed it with a defiant 88 in grim circumstances in Melbourne to steer the Warriors into that season's Shield Final, it seemed his place in the Western Australian senior side was secure. Yet, shortly after becoming the first bowler to take a hat-trick for the state in a domestic one-day match, Baker's career then stalled as the legacy of an on-field collision with a club teammate in late 1999 which presented him with a fractured cheekbone. Even worse was to follow when the onset of chronic fatigue syndrome cut him down in 2000, forcing him to undergo a long period of recovery that ensured that another two years passed before he was able to play for Western Australia again. (John Polack, January 2002)

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Mar 4, 2003

Pulling Melville paceman Paul Wilson into the deep mid wicket fence for four, Scarborough batsman Rob Baker brings up his fifty.

Baker's fifty

© David Bebb

Mar 4, 2003

Scarborough batsman Rob Baker accepting a cheque for being the man of the match in the Sunday League final of 2002-03.  Baker scored 132 runs from 138 balls with 19 fours.

Man of the match - Rob Baker

© David Bebb

Jan 16, 2002

Rob Baker in 2002 shortly before his career ended

Rob Baker in 2002 shortly before his career ended

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Australia Under-19s 1993/94 (captain)

Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy 1994