Posted by anccricket on October 19, 2008 at 10:21 AM
Full name Barry Anderson Richards
Born July 21, 1945, Morningside, Durban, Natal
Major teams South Africa, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Natal, South Australia, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Barry Richards played just four Tests - and the cricket world is poorer for it. They were all in 1969-70 against Australia, and Richards made the most of his limited time in the limelight. A talent of such enormous stature that he once batted (and did well) using only the leading edge in a Durban club match, Richards was forced by South Africa's sporting isolation to play elsewhere, thrilling spectators with his nimble, aggressive strokeplay for Hampshire, Natal and South Australia, and in Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket. There were many feats of remarkable batsmanship from one of the finest talents of the 20th century, including nine hundreds before lunch and 1000 runs in a season 15 times. But South Africans will never forget the Durban Test of 1969-70, when Richards and Graeme Pollock flayed the Australian attack to all parts of the Kingsmead ground.