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Ken Barrington      

Full name Kenneth Frank Barrington

Born November 24, 1930, Reading, Berkshire

Died March 14, 1981, Needham's Point, Bridgetown, Barbados (aged 50 years 110 days)

Major teams England, Surrey

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Kenneth Frank Barrington
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 82 131 15 6806 256 58.67 20 35 27 58 0
First-class 533 831 136 31714 256 45.63 76 170 514 0
List A 14 14 2 399 70* 33.25 0 3 5 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 82 50 2715 1300 29 3/4 5/111 44.82 2.87 93.6 0 0 0
First-class 533 17301 8905 273 7/40 32.61 3.08 63.3 8 0
List A 14 108 132 4 3/41 3/41 33.00 7.33 27.0 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Nottingham, Jun 9-13, 1955 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Leeds, Jul 25-30, 1968 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1953-1968
List A span 1963-1968
Profile

Just how gifted a games player Ken Barrington was can be gauged from the fact that to reclaim, then permanently keep, his Test place after being dropped, he abandoned his natural attacking style to become one of cricket's most notorious stonewallers. The revised method cost him his place once, by way of punishment for taking 435 minutes to score 137 against a humdrum New Zealand attack at Edgbaston in 1965, but overall it served him brilliantly. England too - before a heart attack forced premature retirement at 37, Barrington amassed 6806 Test runs at an average (58.67) surpassed for England only by Herbert Sutcliffe. A thickset 5ft 9ins, crinkly haired and strong-featured, in anything but batting gear Barrington was jovial and gregarious, always ready to see the best in everyone and every situation. Famous for mixed metaphors, his best-known quip came in answer to a Surrey fan commiserating over his lack of form after a sequence of four low single-figure scores, two ducks among them. "How d'you know I'm out of form?" shot back Ken indignantly: "I've only had nine balls all week!" It shattered Ian Botham's touring team when Barrington, England's assistant manager and a much-loved figure everywhere he went, died suddenly in Barbados in 1981 after another heart attack. John Thicknesse

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Jun 26, 1981

A signed copy of Ken Barrington's <i>Playing it Straight</i>

A signed copy of Ken Barrington's Playing it Straight

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1981

A determined Ken Barrington in the Caribbean shortly before he died, 1981

A determined Ken Barrington

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Apr 26, 1967

Ken Barrington plays a pull shot during practice, The Oval, April 26, 1967

Ken Barrington plays a pull shot during practice

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1960

Walter Lawrence Trophy 1966

Tour Results
India v England at Dharamsala - Jan 27, 2013
England won by 7 wickets (with 16 balls remaining)
India v England at Mohali - Jan 23, 2013
India won by 5 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
India v England at Ranchi - Jan 19, 2013
India won by 7 wickets (with 131 balls remaining)
India v England at Kochi - Jan 15, 2013
India won by 127 runs
India v England at Rajkot - Jan 11, 2013
England won by 9 runs
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