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Johnson's claim of tour harmony and player loyalty in 1948 was thrown into a different light by events less than four years later. The opening batsman Sid Barnes—a core member of the 1948 team—was seeking a return to Test cricket.[40] Barnes was known for being a somewhat eccentric self-promoter.[41] During the 1948 tour, Barnes organised a multitude of business deals while not playing cricket,[40] and avoided paying customs duties on the enormous amount of goods he acquired in Britain by disembarking at Melbourne instead of Sydney.[42]

Barnes then made himself unavailable for first-class cricket, preferring to pursue business interests instead, and ridiculed the fee paid for the 1949–50 tour of South Africa. He wrote a column for Sydney's The Daily Telegraph, titled "Like It or Lump It", in which he often lampooned the administration of the game.[40]

However, in 1951–52, Barnes made a return to cricket, and sought selection in the national team to play the West Indies during the 1951–52 Australian season.[41] Australia had been unable to find a reliable opener to accompany Barnes's former partner Arthur Morris.[43][44] Australia's batsmen struggled in the first two Tests, and before the Third Test, Barnes scored 107 against Victoria, putting on 210 in partnership with Morris for New South Wales.[40] The Sporting Globe in Melbourne had presciently predicted that the board would object if the selectors chose Barnes.[40]



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