Barry Richards      

Full name Barry Anderson Richards

Born July 21, 1945, Morningside, Durban, Natal

Current age 69 years 59 days

Major teams South Africa, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Natal, South Australia, Transvaal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

In a nutshell No other cricketer made such an impact, and gave rise to such speculation of what he might have been, in a career of four Tests. Nine hundreds before lunch and 1000 runs in a season 15 times in first-class cricket add to his legend. More

Barry Anderson Richards
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 4 7 0 508 140 72.57 854 59.48 2 2 70 5 3 0
First-class 339 576 58 28358 356 54.74 80 152 367 0
List A 233 229 17 8506 155* 40.12 16 50 106 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 4 3 72 26 1 1/12 1/12 26.00 2.16 72.0 0 0 0
First-class 339 6126 2886 77 7/63 37.48 2.82 79.5 1 0
List A 233 270 185 7 2/8 2/8 26.42 4.11 38.5 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Jan 22-27, 1970 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth, Mar 5-10, 1970 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1964-1983
List A span 1968-1983
Profile

Barry Richards played just four Tests - and the cricket world is poorer for it. They were all in 1969-70 against Australia, and Richards made the most of his limited time in the limelight. A talent of such enormous stature that he once batted (and did well) using only the leading edge in a Durban club match, Richards was forced by South Africa's sporting isolation to play elsewhere, thrilling spectators with his nimble, aggressive strokeplay for Hampshire, Natal and South Australia, and in Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket. There were many feats of remarkable batsmanship from one of the finest talents of the 20th century, including nine hundreds before lunch and 1000 runs in a season 15 times. But South Africans will never forget the Durban Test of 1969-70, when Richards and Graeme Pollock flayed the Australian attack to all parts of the Kingsmead ground. Neil Manthorp

Telford Vice on Barry Richards

The bona fide great who never was

Apartheid prevented Barry Richards from becoming a batting superstar, the next Bradman, even

Stats analysis

Much more than the numbers

Barry Richards hardly got any opportunities to show his talent on the international stage, but he still managed to prove how great a batsman he was

Cricinfo picks - Our top articles on this player
  • Past perfect (Jul 21, 2010)
    Talent, skill, cricketing smarts and a ferocious will to achieve: the world's most romanticised player had it all
  • Barry goes ballistic (Jan 1, 2007)
    Barry Richards's lightning-fast triple century against Western Australia relived
  • 'Batting should entertain' (Jul 3, 2003)
    In July's issue of Wisden Asia Cricket , Barry Richards talks about what goes into the making of a great batsman, and his nominees for the finest exponents of the craft
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Jan 10, 2012

Barry Richards at the MCC  World Cricket Committee conference, Cape Town, January 10, 2012

Barry Richards at the MCC World Cricket Committee conference

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Jan 10, 2012

 John Stephenson, Mike Brearley, Barry Richards and Majid Khan at the MCC  World Cricket Committee conference, Cape Town, January 10, 2012

John Stephenson, Mike Brearley, Barry Richards and Majid Khan at the MCC World Cricket Committee conference

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Mar 18, 2007

Ricky Ponting and Luuk van Troost at the toss along with Barry Richards, Australia v Netherlands, Group A, St Kitts, March 18, 2007

Ricky Ponting and Luuk van Troost at the toss along with Barry Richards

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1969

Country Fixtures Country Results
3rd Match, Group B: Cape Cobras v Northern D at Raipur
Sep 19, 2014 (20:00 local | 14:30 GMT | 10:30 EDT | 09:30 CDT | 07:30 PDT)
4th Match, Group A: Dolphins v Scorchers at Mohali
Sep 20, 2014 (16:00 local | 10:30 GMT | 06:30 EDT | 05:30 CDT | 03:30 PDT)
6th Match, Group B: Cape Cobras v Hurricanes at Hyderabad (Deccan)
Sep 21, 2014 (16:00 local | 10:30 GMT | 06:30 EDT | 05:30 CDT | 03:30 PDT)
8th Match, Group A: Super Kings v Dolphins at Bangalore
Sep 22, 2014 (20:00 local | 14:30 GMT | 10:30 EDT | 09:30 CDT | 07:30 PDT)
Knights v Warriors at Bloemfontein
Sep 25-28, 2014 (10:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 04:00 EDT | 03:00 CDT | 01:00 PDT)
Lions v Titans at Johannesburg
Sep 25-28, 2014 (10:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 04:00 EDT | 03:00 CDT | 01:00 PDT)
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