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Full name Barrington Noel Jarman
Born February 17, 1936, Hindmarsh, Adelaide, South Australia
Current age 78 years 196 days
Major teams Australia, South Australia
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||India v Australia at Kanpur, Dec 19-24, 1959 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v West Indies at Adelaide, Jan 24-29, 1969 scorecard|
|Test debut||New Zealand v West Indies at Wellington, Feb 10-13, 1995 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v Bangladesh at Wellington, Dec 26-29, 2001 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v India at Napier, Feb 16, 1995 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Zimbabwe at Rajkot, Dec 14, 2000 scorecard|
When Gil Langley retired as Australia's wicketkeeper after the 1956-57 tour of India, the smart money was on his burly South Australian colleague Barry Jarman picking up the gauntlets. Of the two uncapped keepers chosen for the South African tour a year later, Jarman was 21 and Wally Grout 30. Jarman was the better batsman, too: a few years on he would hammer 196 against New South Wales. But Grout sneaked in with 95 in the last match before the first Test at Johannesburg, took a record-equalling six catches in the second innings of his debut, and kept his place for the next eight years. Jarman had to be content with the deputy's role on several tours, and picked up a few caps when Grout was injured, most notably when a kicker from his Queensland team-mate Wes Hall broke Grout's jaw and cost him three Ashes Tests. By the time Jarman took over permanently, his chunky frame was beginning to slow him down, and his once-satin glovework was looking more man-made. Vice-captain in England in 1968, Jarman led Australia in the fourth Test at Headingley, when Bill Lawry was injured. By the time his career ended he had made 560 dismissals, a tally surpassed only by Grout and Bert Oldfield at that time. Jarman was later an imposing sight as one of the first international match referees.
Awarded Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1997 "For service to
sport as a cricket player, coach and international cricket referee, and to
horseracing in SA".
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?