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Sydney Barnes

The Jury's Out

Which is the finest bowling pair?

New-ball partners, spin twins, pace-spin combos, duos drawn from quartets: doesn't matter, give us the finest pair of bowlers ever, we said to our panel, and they did just that

Sydney Barnes demonstrates his bowling action

Fiery Syd

Sydney Barnes, the most feared bowler of them all, was a colourful, forbidding and often misunderstood character who wouldn't have been out of place in the modern game

Waqar Younis appeals for a wicket during an ODI against South Africa

The Barnes standard

Many consider Sydney Barnes the best bowler in Test history. Which bowlers match him?

Amol Rajan

Turn back the clock

Revisiting the forgotten art of medium-pace spin, purveyed a century ago to extraordinary effect by Sydney Barnes

Peter Gibbs

A chill wind beyond the boundary

Meeting 91-year-old SF Barnes, who missed nothing on a cricket field, was quite the experience for a young Staffordshire batsman in 1964

The XI

Old gold

England's all-time team has just two players from the last 30 years