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Barnett, Benjamin A
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Auburn, VIC
Test: 1938 - 1938
First Class: 1929 - 1961
Australia (Country)
VIC (Regional)

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Barnett, Benjamin A

Benjamin Arthur Barnett was born on Mar 23, 1908 in Auburn, Melbourne, Victoria and died aged 71 on June 29, 1979 in Newcastle, New South Wales. He was a wicket keeper and left handed batsman who made his first class debut for Victoria in 1929.

Barnett first toured England as reserve wicket-keeper in 1934 and South Africa in 1935/36 as under study to Bert Oldfied. His subsequent selection as wicket-keeper for the 1938 Ashes attracted controversy as he edged out veteran Bert Oldfield and the younger Don Tallon. He played in 4 Tests, making 195 runs and effecting 5 dismissals behind the stumps.

His career was interrupted by the war. he was involved in active service and was taken a prisoner of war spending a few years at Changi prison.

In first class cricket, Barnett scored 2,773 runs for Victoria at an average of 28.88.

He settled down in the UK after his retirement and became Australia's representative to the ICC. He returned to Australia before he passed away suddenly in 1979.

Source: CricketCrowd Staff Reporter

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