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Barlow's book is a must for every fan's collection

By unknown | Feb 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Book: Eddie Barlow: The autobiography

Book: Eddie Barlow: The autobiography

Edited by: Edward Griffiths

Publisher: Tafelberg

Reviewer: Meshack Khotha

Mention the name Eddie Barlow to cricket fans and they will tell you how wonderful he was as a world-class player in the 1960s.

In his autobiography, edited by Edward Griffiths, this extraordinary man ends up being an inspiring and successful coach because of his uncompromising attitude.

Affectionately known as "Bunter" because of his resemblance to the fictional hero of Greyfriars, Barlow was a chunky, determined figure and innovative cricketer. He was not just an enterprising person, but a good motivator and hard worker.

He was born in Pretoria on August 12 1940 and wanted to become a teacher.

He learnt cricket under the guidance of his father and older brother in their backyard. He made his debut for Transvaal in 1960 and continued to play first-class cricket until South Africa was banned from the international game in 1970.

Barlow had a spell with Derbyshire in 1976-78 and played his last match for Western Province in 1981.

Thereafter, he turned his attention to coaching and was appointed Bangladesh coach in 1999 before he suffered his first stroke a year later.

As a player he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Graeme Pollock, Barry Richards and Mike Procter.

Barlow played in 30 Tests, scoring 2561 runs, and took 40 wickets with his medium pace.

His highest score of 201 came in the fourth Test of the 1963-64 tour of Australia, in Adelaide, during which he helped in a devastating third-wicket stand of 341 in 283 minutes with Pollock.

He abhorred apartheid and the concept of people being classified by their race or the colour of the skin.

Although he ended up confined to a wheelchair, it did not deter him from doing what he liked best - coaching cricket.

Barlow's autobiography is a book for every cricket lover's bookshelf.


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