You can't help but love him:
You can't help but love him:
"To go to a cricket match for nothing but cricket is as though a man were to go into an inn for nothing but drink." - Neville Cardus
"What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?" - CLR James
Great stuff, the man who had a stamp made of his sig. so he would not have to sign autograph books
You know it makes sense.
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Love to see that the hurling of the bat goes back further than the 1970s.
Appreciating cricket's greatest legend ever - HD Bird...............Funniest post (intentionally) ever.....Runner-up.....Third.....Fourthcricket player"; "Bob"), 1/11/1990-15/4/2006
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He also once succeeded in persuading a county captain to use a spiked roller.
ENGLAND CB SERIES CHAMPS FUTURE WORLD CUP CHAMPS(2011) AND IN 2009 THE ASHES HOLDERS
the official England 'patriotic cheerleader'
Proud supporter of the England national cricket, football and rugby teams and of TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FOOTBALL CLUBS
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Barnes wasn't the only one conning the autograph imps. Later on the same tour, Ernie Toshack, under suspicion of a similar crime, was hauled in to face Keith Johnson's unimpressed music: "Ernie, I take it that you are signing those autograph slips?"
"Well, then, Ernie, how is it so that you are spelling your name differently? I notice that you have no 'C' in it these days."
Love the man - what a talent.
When he was dismissed in the final Test in '48 he rushed off to get his video recorder to watch Bradman.
When the skipper returned two balls later, Barnes proudly told The Don that he had his entire final innings on tape.
It would appear that Barnes's jocular antics ultimately served him badly. Peter English, in a review of Haigh and Frith's Inside Story, writes:
"The treatment by another unyielding board of Sid Barnes, the wonderful batsman, was less violent but equally severe. His selection for the 1951-52 series against West Indies was rejected by the board on "grounds other than cricket ability", a regulation not used since the Gang of Six were shackled in 1912.
"Barnes was also a first-class agitator who upset the board by lampooning them in his newspaper columns and home movies, and there were complaints about him taking pictures of the royal family, "abducting" Ernie Toshack to play tennis and selling luxury goods to the English on the '48 tour. There is a wonderful picture of Barnes in 1952, the summer after his selection rejection, fulfilling his 12th-man duties for New South Wales dressed as a butler at a posh picnic, adding to the administrative angst. The events surrounding the affair, which included a court case for defamation, are hilarious for the modern observer, but were sad for Barnes, whose Test career was over."
That's the thing - people loved the way Barnes went about things and his larrikin streak, but those kind of things have never washed with the ABC/ACB/Cricket Australia - particularly not in the conservative '40s and '50s. In the end, he hurt himself more than anyone else - and cricket fans worldwide were denied the opportunity to see such a wonderfully gifted batsman play more than 13 Tests. When you hear or read the accounts of those men who played with and against him for those few years after the second World War, he was clearly a batsman of absolutely the highest class. What might he have achieved?
As far as I'm concerned, the order of merit for talented Australian batsmen of that epoch looked something like this:
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