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Sydney Barnes inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

cricket Updated: Jul 31, 2009 17:01 IST
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Late England pace legend Sydney Barnes was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the third Ashes Test between England and Australia at Edgbaston.

On day one of the match, Barnes' granddaughter Penelope Bailey received his commemorative cap from ICC President David Morgan for his induction into the Hall of Fame.

Barnes was born in 1873 and is regarded as one of the most creative and feared bowlers in cricket history, with his ability to combine swing, seam and spin at a medium-fast pace. He died on December 26, 1967 at the age of 94.

The Staffordshire-born bowler, who has a gate named after him at Edgbaston, played 27 Test matches for England and took 189 wickets at an average of just 16.43.

In one purple patch, he took 49 wickets at an average of 10.93 in four Tests on the 1913-14 tour to South Africa, a world record for wickets in a Test series. This included a match haul of 17-159 in the second Test in Johannesburg.

Barnes remains the only England player to be selected for national duty while playing league and minor county cricket only.

He was selected to make his Test debut against Australia in Sydney at the first Ashes Test on December 13, 1901 and proceeded to take figures of 6-139. In his final match for England in February 1914 against South Africa in Durban, Barnes walked away with figures of 14-144.