Full name Robert William Barber
Born September 26, 1935, Withington, Manchester, Lancashire
Current age 79 years 340 days
Major teams England, Cambridge University, Lancashire, Warwickshire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
|Test debut||England v South Africa at Birmingham, Jun 9-14, 1960 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Australia at Manchester, Jun 6-11, 1968 scorecard|
|First-class span||1954 - 1969|
|List A span||1963 - 1971|
At the end of 1962, the distinction between amateurs and professionals was abolished, and everyone just became a cricketer. At the same time Bob Barber, a cautious amateur with Lancashire, changed counties and became a carefree cricketer with Warwickshire. At Edgbaston Barber blossomed into a feisty attacking left-hander, strong on the drive and pull. He enjoyed a good tour of South Africa in 1964-65, and a tremendous trip to Australia the following year. The highlight was a stroke-filled 185 on the first day of the third Test at Sydney, which set up a thumping win. Sadly for England, that was almost the end of the story. Business claimed Barber increasingly afterwards - he made lots of money out of those blue tablets you put in your loo cistern to cleanse the water - and he faded out of first-class cricket in 1969. Barber was also a big-turning if somewhat erratic legspinner who averaged one and a half wickets per Test - but his 42 victims is still in the most by any England wrist-spinner since the Second World War apart from Doug Wright (81).
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1967
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