Almanac (Cricket) Books: Wally Grout and Barry Jarman

It’s a coincidence that books on Barry Jarman and Wally Grout have been released within weeks of each other. Both were vying for the same Test spot all those years ago.


It’s Your Wally Grout is written by his grandson Wally Wright, himself a handy A Grade cricketer. It is a personal account, full of warmth, and includes a few yarns you may not have read before.


Wally Grout was a knockabout bloke from the old Queensland, the sort of cove you’d meet in the public bar at any of the state’s watering holes: a natural sportsman, with a view on sport;  a story-teller and joker; a punter. He kept wickets for Australia. Very well.




He kept Barry Jarman, himself a talented cricketer from faraway Adelaide, out of the side for nearly a decade. Jarman’s story is told by ABC presenter, and writer, and former Kensington first grade cricketer, Barry Nicholls. Entitled For Those Who Wait, this book has been popular since its release late last year.




Mike Sexton, who writes for The Footy Almanac, put together this story for ABC TV’s 7.30.



About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three kids - Theo13, Anna11, Evie10. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst three. His ambition is to lunch for Australia.


  1. John

    I love test cricket :cool:

    Happy Australia Day from Devil & also on behalf of The Phantom

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