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Fiery Syd

Dec 18, 2013: 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

Rob Steen

Turn back the clock

Jun 4, 2013: Revisiting the forgotten art of medium-pace spin, purveyed a century ago to extraordinary effect by Sydney Barnes

Amol Rajan

A chill wind beyond the boundary

Dec 23, 2012: Meeting 91-year-old SF Barnes, who missed nothing on a cricket field, was quite the experience for a young Staffordshire batsman in 1964

Peter Gibbs

The XI

Old gold

Aug 28, 2009: England's all-time team has just two players from the last 30 years

Andrew Miller

All-time XI: England

Pietersen makes all-time England XI

Aug 27, 2009: One contemporary star lines up alongside greats including Hobbs, Hutton, Barnes and Larwood in England's side

ESPNcricinfo staff

The best from England and Australia

The Ashes Masters

Jul 1, 2009: David Frith looks at the players from England and Australia who excelled in Ashes cricket - the toughest Test cauldron of all. His choices include Alec Bedser, who died in April 2010

David Frith

Cricinfo XI

Different era, same brilliance ... Pt 2

Sep 19, 2007: A second batch of XI players from the past who would have excelled at Twenty20

Martin Williamson and Siddarth Ravindran

Frith's encounters: Sydney Barnes

Was Barnes the greatest bowler of all time?

Aug 18, 2007: David Frith speaks to former England bowler Sydney Barnes whose 49 wickets against South Africa in 1913-14 is still the record for most wickets in a series

David Frith

Laker's 19 and other solo spells

Jul 25, 2006: The great one-man bowling shows

Travis Basevi and George Binoy

Richie Benaud's Greatest Test XI

Murali misses out in Benaud's Greatest XI

Aug 23, 2004: Richie Benaud, the former Australian captain and current doyen of television commentators, has named his World XI of the 20th century

Wisden Cricinfo staff

June 1963

Sydney Barnes - cricket's living legend

Jun 29, 2004: In the June 1963 issue of The Cricketer, John Arlott paid tribute to Sydney Barnes

Bolshy but brilliant

Apr 15, 2003: 1873 With 189 Test wickets at an average of just 16.43, there's no doubt that Sydney Barnes, who was born today, was one of England's greatest bowlers, and arguably the greatest bowler ever produced anywhere

Wisden CricInfo staff

Boxing Day in Melbourne (part 1)

Dec 26, 2002: Twenty years ago one of the classic Test matches was played at the MCG

David Wiseman


Sydney F Barnes

1968: BARNES, SYDNEY FRANCIS, died at Chadsmoor, Staffordshire on December 26, 1967


Sidney Barnes

1910: SIDNEY F

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