Eddie Barlow, one of South Africa’s greatest ever all-rounders, was born on Wednesday 75 years ago.
Barlow, born in 1940 in Pretoria, averaged 45.74 in Tests, hitting seven centuries – and took 40 wickets with his medium pace, all while playing in glasses. Playing for the Rest of the World against England at Headingley in 1970, he took four wickets in five balls, including a hat-trick.
A promising opening partnership with Barry Richards was halted at the embryonic stage by South Africa’s exclusion from Test cricket after 1969-70.
Barlow passed away in 2005.
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