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Alex Barrow
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Alex Barrow

England
Alex Barrow

Full Name

Alexander William Rodgerson Barrow

Born

May 06, 1992, Bath, Somerset

Age

29y 11d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

TEAMS

Alex Barrow's wicketkeeping opportunities at Somerset were initially limited by the presence of Jos Buttler and Craig Kieswetter, two players with England caps and a strong batting suit. When Buttler left for Lancashire and Kieswetter was forced to retire because of injury, his way was clear, but his form lapsed at the wrong time and he left the county by mutual agreement at the end of 2016.

Most of Barrow's early appearances came as a specialist batsman, a role he found demanding. Even with Buttler and Kieswetter departed, Somerset loaned Michael Bates, a fine wicketkeeper but with no batting pretensions, to put him under pressure. At least he could console himself that one drop - a legside fumble at Trent Bridge or which James Taylor was initially given out - caused his sportsmanship to be extolled when he called Taylor back to the crease, but his bemused response at the praise suggested he would rather have caught it.

Somerset's signing of Ryan Davies, a teenaged keeper from Kent, mean he faced fierce competition for his place in 2016 and he made only one Championship and four Royal London appearances. Steve Davies was then also signed from Surrey as Somerset sought a wicketkeeper with proven batting power, leaving Barrow to decide it was time to move on.

Barrow graduated through the Somerset system and left King's School, Taunton, with quite a reputation: he averaged 160 for them in his last season of 2012 and represented England U19 making a half-century on debut against Sri Lanka.

After signing his first contract in 2010, he made his first-class debut against Hampshire the following season. His maiden first-class 50 came as an opening batsman, standing in for the injured Marcus Trescothick, against Yorkshire in September. But only four of his first 50 first-class innings were half-centuries. He averaged just 12.40 in nine Championship matches in 2012 and 23.62 from 10 first-class games in 2013. An unbeaten 83 against Durham, an innings that helped Somerset secure a draw to shore-up their Division One status, was a highlight. He was also involved in a controversy when the victim of a 'mankading' by Murali Kartik while playing in a Championship match against Surrey.

Barrow underwent shoulder surgery ahead of the 2012 season and knee surgery after it. He was used by England as a substitute fielder during the 2014 Lord's Test against India and won a further opportunity for Somerset when Kieswetter sustained a head injury midway through the season. He responded with an innings of 88 - his highest to date - against Northants, although it was not enough to retain his place once Kieswetter recovered fitness.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
FC4067512018819.37264545.40041730710
List A261943887225.8643589.1902393241
T201111717*-1989.47001000
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC403423611/41/436.005.1442.00000
List A26------------
T201------------

Recent Matches - Player

MATCHBATDATEGROUNDFORMAT
Devon vs Oxfordshire141 & 103*18-Aug-2019SidmouthOTHER
Devon vs Wiltshire18 & 2121-Jul-2019SandfordOTHER
Devon vs Hrford9 & 10207-Jul-2019EastnorOTHER
Devon vs Cornwall6716-Jun-2019InstowOTHERT20
Devon vs Cornwall25*16-Jun-2019InstowOTHERT20

Photos


Alex Barrow leaps for a take
Alex Barrow was dropped on 0 but only made 15
Alex Barrow made only 10
Alex Barrow's half-century was the mainstay of England's successful run-chase