Sid Barnes (1916–1973) was an Australian cricketer and cricket writer,
who played 13 Test matches between 1938 and 1948. Able to open the
innings or bat down the order, Barnes was regarded as one of
Australia's finest batsmen in the period immediately following the
Second World War. He helped create an enduring record when scoring
234 in the second Test against England at Sydney in December 1946;
exactly the same score as his captain, Don Bradman, in the process
setting a world-record 405 run fifth wicket partnership. Barnes
averaged 63.05 over 19 innings in a career that, like most of his
contemporaries, was interrupted by the Second World War. Barnes had a
reputation as an eccentric and was frequently the subject of
controversy. This included a celebrated libel case, following his
exclusion from the national team in 1951–52 for "reasons other than
cricket ability". He was later involved in an incident where, acting as
twelfth man, he performed his duties on the ground in a suit and tie
(rather than 'whites'), carrying a bizarre range of superfluous items.
Despite this reputation, Barnes was a shrewd businessman who used the
opportunities afforded by cricket to supplement his income through
trading, journalism and property development.
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