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Full name Keith Hubert Douglas Barker
Born October 21, 1986, Manchester, Lancashire
Current age 28 years 36 days
Major teams Warwickshire, Warwickshire 2nd XI
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium
Relation Father - KH Barker
|First-class debut||Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire at Birmingham, Jun 6-9, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Warwickshire v Durham at Birmingham, Sep 23-25, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Warwickshire v Somerset at Birmingham, Apr 19, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Sussex v Warwickshire at Hove, Aug 15, 2012 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Northamptonshire v Warwickshire at Northampton, May 25, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Warwickshire v Durham at Birmingham, Jun 6, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|5/59, 1, 3/41||Warwickshire||v Durham||Birmingham||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|4/61, 6, 4/47||Warwickshire||v Northants||Birmingham||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|72*, 2/101||Warwickshire||v Middlesex||Lord's||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|3/65, 9, 0/29, 0||Warwickshire||v Sussex||Horsham||21 Jul 2014||FC|
|15, 6/46, 2/20||Warwickshire||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||13 Jul 2014||FC|
|1/90, 15, 0/44, 23*||Warwickshire||v Notts||Birmingham||29 Jun 2014||FC|
|36, 1/68, 16||Warwickshire||v Yorkshire||Birmingham||22 Jun 2014||FC|
|0/56, 102*, 0/14||Warwickshire||v Northants||Northampton||15 Jun 2014||FC|
|0/43, 44*, 0/55||Warwickshire||v Lancashire||Birmingham||8 Jun 2014||FC|
|1/28||Warwickshire||v Durham||Birmingham||6 Jun 2014||T20|
A former footballer who was signed as a batsman, Keith Barker actually made his name as a left-arm swing bowler. Declining the offer of a Lancashire contract when he was 16, Barker instead pursued a career in football and, as a striker, represented England at U-18, U-19 and U-20 level. But after signing for Blackburn Rovers, he dropped to Rochdale Town and then Northwich Victoria and, by the time he was 21, it became apparent that he was not going to make it as a footballer. With Lancashire initially showing little interest in having him back, he impressed in club cricket with Enfield in the Lancashire League and, having scored a century in a trial match, was offered a contract by Warwickshire in August 2008.
Barker made his maiden first-class century against a strong Durham attack in 2011 having been called into the game after two days as a substitute for William Porterfield and followed it up with another against Sussex a couple of games later. But it was in 2012 that he really made a breakthrough, taking the new ball and claiming 56 wickets at only 20 apiece, including five five-wicket hauls, in the Championship and helping Warwickshire win the title. While somewhat gentle of pace, his control and ability to swing the ball render him a dangerous proposition and he followed his breakthrough year with 46 first-class wickets in 2013 and 51 in 2014 cementing his reputation as one of the most potent left-arm bowlers in county cricket.
His batting remains useful, too. While not completely convincing against the short ball, he produced centuries from the lower-order in 2013 and 2014 to further underline an all-round ability that may yet see him win an opportunity at the highest level. Eligible for England and West Indies, he has made it clear that he would be happy to represent either.
Barker is the son of the former British Guiana cricketer, also named Keith, and the godson of former West Indies captain, Clive Lloyd, with whom he shares the distinctive middle name, Hubert.