Darren Shane Berry
(born 10 December 1969), is a former Australian cricketer
who was known for his sharp skills as a wicketkeeper with Victoria
in the Sheffield Shield
and ING Cup
domestic competitions. Recently he has emerged as a media personality.
Making his first-class
debut for South Australia
in the 1989/90 season, Berry moved back to his native Victoria
to play with the Bushrangers in the 1990/91 season, and enjoyed a large degree of success. One of the high points of his career came in the 1997 Ashes
tour, when he was selected to replace the injured Adam Gilchrist
as the team's second-string wicketkeeper. Unfortunately, Berry did not represent Australia
in a Test match on that tour.
In 2003/04, Berry ended his career on a high, captaining Victoria to a Pura Cup title against Queensland.
In terms of pure keeping ability, Berry was rated extremely highly, particularly his ability "keeping up" both to leg-spinner Shane Warne
and to medium (and even fast-medium) paced bowlers. Warne, his Victorian teammate, said that "Darren Berry up to the stumps has probably been the best keeper that I've ever seen in my time...I really wish he did get the opportunity to show how good a keeper he was, with a baggy green cap playing for Australia."Warne names Berry master keeper, Malcom Conn, The Australian
, 4 December 2004 Berry has often talked about his leg-side stumping off the bowling of paceman Paul Reiffel
as one of his... Read More