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10 for 66 and All That by Arthur Mailey

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By Arthur Mailey

Arthur Mailey's vintage autobiography, first released in 1958, is a wry and interesting account by way of a skilled cricketer from a really diversified era—full of zest, diversified, quickly, transferring the purpose of assault, occasionally extravagant, often impressive and continuously considerate. For 50 years, Arthur Mailey performed and watched top notch cricket. in the course of his attempt occupation he performed opposed to a few of the greats, and on one impressive get together brushed off his idol, Victor Trumper, to his instant remorse: "I felt like a boy who had killed a dove." this can be a reminder of the distinction days of cricket—amateurs and execs, Bradman, Noble, and Trumper batting, and Barnes, O'Reilly, and Fleetwood-Smith with the ball.

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I became an A Class labourer on the Water and Sewerage Board. Things were certainly coming my way: I had never worn a collar and tie to work before. My mother had always hoped that I would get a ‘white collar’ job like Mr Rumble some day— and here it was. It is difficult to realise that a relatively minor event in one’s life can still remain the most important through the years. I was chosen to play for Redfern against Paddington—and Paddington was Victor Trumper’s club. This was unbelievable, fantastic.

I immediately apologised for being late. ‘My dear fellow,’ said Norman, ‘it is we who should apologise. ’ I left my useful but uncongenial employment with the Water Board when I was chosen to tour England with the 1921 Australian team under the fabulous Warwick Armstrong. Armstrong was a man of strong convictions, tenacious to the last, but lacking somewhat that flexible demeanour so necessary for touring captains. Like other Australian cricketers who came to England it 36 10 for 66 and All That 21/7/08 5:22 PM Page 37 WATERING THE WICKET was the idea of actually seeing and playing at Lord’s that filled me with tremendous excitement and pride.

Did it ever occur to them, in later years, that fifty per cent of their prophecy came true? 18 10 for 66 and All That 21/7/08 5:22 PM Page 19 3. Opposing my hero ore unemployment—and still I carried a cricket ball as I trudged the streets. I had drifted into a lower grade of cricket, though it was still of a fairly good standard, and I was told by some of my team-mates that I was capable of bowling a very dangerous ball. It didn’t come up as often as it should, but it might lead to something.

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