Former New Zealand Captain Dies at 85

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Barry Sinclair the former New Zealand test Captain dies at the age of 85. Barry was one of the best batsmen scoring 3 centuries. Furthermore, this includes a knock of 138 not out against South Africa. At that time it was considered a big score.

The former Captain played his first game at the age of 18 years. Furthermore, Sinclair went on to play 118 first-class games in his career. Where he scored 6 centuries and 38 half-centuries. After his selection to the national team, he was made the captain after 2 years. He first captained against the English team. Although, he captained only 3 tests out of 25 visits. The batter retired with an average of 29.43 in 1968. He became the third New Zealand player to pass 1000 test runs after Bert Sutcliffe and John Reid.

Barry Sinclair history

2010 was the year when he became the inaugural patron of the New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association (NZCPA). He was also the most voted Legend of Wellington Sport in 2015. In the earlier days, an English journalist criticized Barry for his 156 cm height. He said

“Fair-haired and one of the smallest cricketers ever to appear for New Zealand, Barry Sinclair was a sound and often fluent right-handed batsman with an indomitable spirit and an excellent field at cover.” Also, a book writer Dick Brittenden, wrote in his book

“There have not been many New Zealand batsmen smaller in stature than Sinclair, few larger in the heart. He was a fine and fluent right-hand batsman, a superb fieldsman, and while he was at it, the most dedicated of cricketers. Not many have followed the physical training program Sinclair set himself. But he reaped the benefits. He looked, with his small build and his well-developed chest, rather like a pouter pigeon as he prowled the covers.”

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