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Bob Barber

England|Allrounder
Bob Barber
INTL CAREER: 1960 - 1968
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Full Name

Robert William Barber

Born

September 26, 1935, Withington, Manchester, Lancashire

Age

88y 150d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak Googly

Playing Role

Allrounder


At the end of 1962, the distinction between amateurs and professionals was abolished, and everyone just became a cricketer. At the same time Bob Barber, a cautious amateur with Lancashire, changed counties and became a carefree cricketer with Warwickshire. At Edgbaston Barber blossomed into a feisty attacking left-hander, strong on the drive and pull. He enjoyed a good tour of South Africa in 1964-65, and a tremendous trip to Australia the following year. The highlight was a stroke-filled 185 on the first day of the third Test at Sydney, which set up a thumping win. Sadly for England, that was almost the end of the story. Business claimed Barber increasingly afterwards - he made lots of money out of those blue tablets you put in your loo cistern to cleanse the water - and he faded out of first-class cricket in 1969. Barber was also a big-turning if somewhat erratic legspinner who averaged one and a half wickets per Test - but his 42 victims is still in the most by any England wrist-spinner since the Second World War apart from Doug Wright (81).
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Bob Barber Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Tests28453149518535.59193210
FC386651521763118529.431790-2100
List A3736197711427.9124-70

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests284234261806424/1326/13943.003.1681.5100
FC386-31798161765497/35-29.463.0557.9-120
List A37-21311752/112/1123.403.2942.6000
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Test

Debut/Last Matches of Bob Barber

FC Matches

Span
1954 - 1969

List A Matches

Span
1963 - 1971

Photos of Bob Barber

Peter May hands the Man of the Match award to Bob Barber
Bob Barber
Bob Barber bats
Bob Barber