Full name Barry Wood
Born December 26, 1942, Ossett, Yorkshire
Current age 74 years 88 days
Major teams England, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Eastern Province, Lancashire, Yorkshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 5 ft 7 in
Relation Brother - R Wood
|Test debut||England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 10-16, 1972 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Pakistan at Birmingham, Jun 1-5, 1978 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v Australia at Birmingham, Aug 28, 1972 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v India at The Oval, Jun 4, 1982 scorecard|
|First-class span||1964 - 1983|
|List A span||1967 - 1989|
Barry Wood was a determined and gutsy opening batsman who never shirked from a challenge. Despite his lack of inches (he was 5' 6") he was a good hooker and puller, but was cast in the role of understudy to a succession of openers and in his 12 Tests spread over seven seasons, he never played more than three in a row. He made 90 on debut against Australia in 1972, but struggled in India and Pakistan in 1972-73, and didn't get another chance until he returned to side against New Zealand in 1974-75 three days after a 63-hour flight from the Caribbean - unsurprisingly, he failed in both Tests. He was brought back in 1975 to bolster an England side battered by Lillee and Thomson, and did all that was asked of him. He was again recalled for one Test at Lord's in 1976, and made a final outing against Pakistan in 1978. He was a combatative performer for Lancashire for more than a decade, and in his twilight years captained Derbyshire. As late as 1988, aged 45, he was still regularly appearing for Cheshire. His bowling - medium-pace swing - was more effective than it appeared, especially in the one-day game where he became a real force. His outstanding fielding only added to his allround worth.
Stats highlights from the fourth day in Ranchi, where Cheteshwar Pujara batted for ages and the Australians toiled like they haven't had to in many years
For the third time this home season, the team took the lead after its opposition put up 400 batting first but the Ranchi effort was special
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
South Africa are set to play 14 Tests in nine months soon, so both fast bowlers, despite being sent home from New Zealand, should not lose hope
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?
Under duress again, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim forged a match-winning partnership and contributed in the second innings to help Bangladesh create history