Name: Sydney Barnes
Date of birth: 19/04/1873
International Team: N/A
Domestic Team: N/A
Bowling Style: Unknown
Batting Style: Right-hand
- Test Debut v England at Sydney - December, 1901
- Barnes remains the only man to play for England whilst played league and minor cricket.
- Regarded by his peers, English and Australian alike as the greatest bowler of his day.
- He had an unerring ability to swing the new ball very late either way. Barnes was one of the pioneers in using the seam of the new ball to combine swing with spin so as to totally bemuse the batsmans as to what was coming down the wicket.
- Barnes rejected the daily grind of county cricket preferring the relative lethargy of league cricket. It was namely because of this that he did not played for England between 1902 to 1907, much to England's cost.
- Even so, his test figures are outstanding. He took 189 wickets in 27 test at 16.43. His best figures 17/159 were not beaten until Fred Laker immortalised himself in 1956.
- Barnes had devilish side to his character. He was not easy to handle and readily demanded extra cash insentives for his undoubted talents.
- Barnes lived to the ripe old age of 94.
International Career Overview
|Career Span:||1901-1914||Innings Bowled:||50|
|Highest Score:||38||Best bowling in Innings:||9/103|