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Former Australian cricketer Barry Jarman passes away aged 84

Celebrated Australian cricketer dies aged 84

  • Former Australian cricketer Barry Jarman passed away at the age of 84
  • He made his debut for South Australia and played 19 Tests between 1959 and ’69
  • Jarman was one of five Australian wicketkeepers to lead his country in a Test
  • By the time he retired he had 560 dismissals from 191 first-class games 

Former Australian cricketer Barry Jarman has passed away at the age of 84. 

The South Australian identity made his debut for the state in 1955 as a wicketkeeper and he played through 19 Tests between 1959 and 1969. 

He was just one of five Australian wicketkeepers to lead his country in a Test after he captained during the 1968 Ashes Tour. 

Former Australian cricketer Barry Jarman has passed away at the age of 84

The South Australian identity (pictured, behind the wicket) made his debut for the state in 1955 as a wicketkeeper and he played through 19 Tests between 1959 and 1969

The South Australian identity (pictured, behind the wicket) made his debut for the state in 1955 as a wicketkeeper and he played through 19 Tests between 1959 and 1969

Bert Oldfield and Wally Grout were the only cricket identities to have bested Jarman's 560 dismissals at the time

Bert Oldfield and Wally Grout were the only cricket identities to have bested Jarman’s 560 dismissals at the time

The cricket legend made his Test debut in 1959 against India in the city of Kanpur. 

He went on to play 19 Test matches, scored 400 runs and took 50 catches.  

By the time he hung up his leg guards he was considered one of the best players of his time.

Bert Oldfield and Wally Grout were the only cricket identities to have bested Jarman’s 560 dismissals at the time. 

Jarman went on to have a career as an International Cricket Council match referee. 

He worked in 25 Test Matches and 28 One Day Internationals between 1995 and 2001. 

He also received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1997 for his service in the sport.

‘I remember [SA captain] Les Favell said to me ‘son, you might be vice-captain of Australia and you might be vice-captain of South Australia but if I need any advice I will be going to Jarmo, not to you’,’ Ian Chappell said. 

Former Test bowler Eric Freeman noted Jarman was just as popular with the crowds as he was with his teammates while on tour.

‘When you have 17 players in a touring party, you can get little divisions at times with various states might try to stay together.’

‘But Barry was the one where if we went out for a drink, we went out in groups not just one or two guys.’

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Jarman (left) was just one of five Australian wicketkeepers to lead his country in a Test after he captained during the 1968 Ashes Tour

Jarman (left) was just one of five Australian wicketkeepers to lead his country in a Test after he captained during the 1968 Ashes Tour

By the time he hung up his leg guards Jarman (centre) was considered one of the best players of his time

By the time he hung up his leg guards Jarman (centre) was considered one of the best players of his time

Jarman (left) also received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1997 for his service in the sport

Jarman (left) also received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1997 for his service in the sport

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