Keith Johnson (1894–1972) was an Australian cricket administrator. He
was the manager of the Australian Services cricket team immediately
after World War II, and of the Australian team that toured England in
1948. The Australian Services team played England in a series of
celebratory matches known as the Victory Tests to usher in the post-war
era. The series was highly successful, with unprecedented crowds raising
large amounts for war charities, and Johnson's men toured British India
and Australia before being demobilised. His administration was regarded
as a major factor in the success of the tour. The 1948 Australian team
earned the sobriquet The Invincibles by being the first side to complete
a tour of England without losing a match. Johnson's management was again
lauded. However, in 1951–52, the Australian Board of Control excluded
Sid Barnes from the team for "reasons other than cricket". Barnes took
the matter to court, and at trial, his lawyer embarrassed Johnson, who
contradicted himself several times under cross-examination. Following
the trial, Johnson resigned from the board and took no further part in
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