Barry Jarman Cause of Death | Former Australian Test cricketer and International Cricket Council (ICC) Match Referee has passed away.
Barry Jarman died on July 18, 2020. However, his cause of death has not been released publicly.
— Jonathan Northall (@jnorthall) July 18, 2020
Born in Hindmarsh South Australia, the stockily-built Jarman made his South Australian district cricket debut as a 14-year-old wicketkeeper, and debuted for West Torrens Football Club Colts in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) junior competition three years later.
A leg fracture curtailed Jarman’s football career and he turned to umpiring while concentrating on cricket. He made his first-class cricket debut on 16 December 1955 for South Australia against New South Wales at the Adelaide Oval, scoring 14 and nine and taking three catches.
Fourteen months and seven first-class matches later he was selected in the Australian team touring New Zealand, where he played in the unofficial Test series. Jarman was then selected as one of two wicket keepers for the tour of South Africa in 1957/58 but was overlooked in favour of Wally Grout, who then became Australia’s first choice wicket keeper.
Jarman eventually made his Test debut, in the absence of an injured Grout, against India at Green Park Stadium in December 1959, making one and zero and taking two catches. Grout then recovered and Jarman again became reserve keeper, touring England in 1961 without playing a Test.
A broken jaw to Grout led to Jarman’s eventual return to Test cricket, against England at Brisbane for the First Test of the 1962-63 Ashes series. He made two runs, took three catches and held his spot until Grout returned for the Fourth Test.
Jarman next returned to Test cricket during the 1964 tour of India, where he made his highest Test score of 78 at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. Following Grout’s retirement in 1966, Jarman became the first-choice wicket-keeper, playing in series against India, England and West Indies. He was appointed Vice-Captain of the Australian side for the 1968 tour of England and, following a finger injury to captain Bill Lawry, Jarman captained Australia in the Headingley Test. Needing only to draw the match, Australia “concentrated solely on avoiding defeat”, the match was drawn, and Jarman was criticised for the team’s defensive approach.
Jarman retired from cricket at the end of the 1968–69 series against the touring West Indies, having played nineteen Tests, scoring 400 runs at 14.81 and taking fifty catches and four stumpings. In first-class cricket, he scored 5615 runs at 22.73 and took 431 catches and 129 stumpings in 191 matches, a wicket-keeping record bettered at the time among Australians only by Grout and Bert Oldfield.
Barry Jarman’s Test career batting graph.
Following his retirement from first-class cricket, Jarman became involved in horse racing and cricket administration, eventually leading to his 1995 appointment as one of the first ICC Match Referees, a role overseeing players and officials during international games, and until his retirement from the role in 2001 he was involved in 53 international matches.
More notable is the, later admitted by Jarman, wrongful stumping decision he gave, denying Hanif Muhammad successive test centuries against Australia.
In 1997 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia “for service to sport as a cricket player, coach and international cricket referee, and to horseracing in South Australia”.
The main grandstand at the Woodville Oval in Adelaide has been named the Barry Jarman Stand in his honour. The Oval is the home of the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles who play in the SANFL, and also the Woodville Cricket Club, whom Jarman played Grade Cricket for in Adelaide.