ICC Hall of Fame

Sydney Barnes
Inducted: 2009 | Career: 1901 - 1914


ENGUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

With 189 Test wickets in just 27 Tests, Sydney Barnes holds the honour of receiving the highest rating for a Test bowler in the ICC rankings. His best Test figures of 9/103 against South Africa in 1913 were, at the time, the second-best figures ever seen.

Player Bio

Sydney Barnes is ranked at the top in the ICC Best-Ever Test Championship Rating for bowlers and was regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in history. He was a right-arm bowler who had the ability to make the ball both swing and break from off or leg. He spent a little more than two seasons in first-class cricket as he opted to play league cricket for his native club Staffordshire. He picked up 1,432 wickets for Staffordshire and played until he was 61. Barnes played for England in 27 Tests from 1901 to 1914, picking up 189 wickets at an average of 16.43. When he was playing his final Test series against South Africa in 1913-14, he took 49 wickets which was a world record.

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19 Apr 1873
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Date of debut:
13 Dec 1901