Former Australian cricket team captain Barry Gerry died at the age of 84 after an illness. Barry, who made his debut in 1959 against India at Kanpur at the age of 23, was a wicket-keeper. He played a total of 19 Test matches for Australia till 1969. He also captained his team in a match after regular captain Bill Laurie was injured on the 1968 Ashes tour. The match was a draw and Australia named the Ashes series.
According to Cricket.com.au, Australia's 33rd captain Barry has been one of the five wicketkeepers who have captained their country. Cricket Australia has issued a statement condoling this.
The statement reads, 'We are deeply saddened by the death of Barry Gerry. He was the 33rd captain of Australia's men's team. He was 84 years old. We have cohabitation with his wife Guyner and children Kristen, Gavin, Jason and Erin. '
According to an ESPNcricinfo report, Barry once again came into the limelight in 1990 when the ICC appointed neutral match referees in international matches. He served as referee in 25 Tests and 28 ODIs from 1995 to 2001. This includes the 1998 Test match between England and the West Indies played in Jamaica, which was canceled within an hour due to a poor pitch.