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Bob Barber
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Bob Barber

England
Bob Barber

INTL CAREER: 1960 - 1968

Full Name

Robert William Barber

Born

September 26, 1935, Withington, Manchester, Lancashire

Age

85y 233d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak googly

TEAMS


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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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test28453149518535.59193210
FC386651521763118529.4317902100
List A3736197711427.912470
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveSR4w5w10w
Test284234261806424/1326/13943.0081.50100
FC38631798161765497/3529.4657.90120
List A3721311752/112/1123.4042.60000
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1954 - 1969
List A Matches
Span
1963 - 1971

Photos


Khalid "Billy" Ibadulla (left) and Bob Barber walk out to start their innings
Peter May hands the Man of the Match award to Bob Barber
Bob Barber
Bob Barber bats
Bob Barber