By Arthur Mailey
Arthur Mailey's vintage autobiography, first released in 1958, is a wry and fascinating account by way of a skilled cricketer from a really varied era—full of zest, diversified, quickly, transferring the purpose of assault, occasionally extravagant, usually great and continuously considerate. For 50 years, Arthur Mailey performed and watched top quality cricket. in the course of his attempt occupation he performed opposed to the various greats, and on one awesome social gathering disregarded his idol, Victor Trumper, to his fast remorse: "I felt like a boy who had killed a dove." it is a reminder of the honour 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 had a few coppers in my pocket and was prepared to spend one for such news even if it meant having to walk one tram section to my home. I got the paper and deliberately looked at every page but the one on which I knew the Test team would be printed. I was longing to know if I had made the Australian team but had no wish at all to learn that I had been left out. As I went on feverishly turning the pages even the fowls seemed to be jeering at me. Go on, Mailey, you coot. Can’t you take it? What a fine Test player you’d make—you’re just a bundle of nerves.
He stood poised like a panther ready to spring. Down came his left foot to within a foot of the ball. The bat, swung from well over his shoulders, met the ball just as it fizzed off the pitch, and the next sound I heard was a rapping on the offside fence. It was the most beautiful shot I have ever seen. The immortal Yabba made some attempt to say something but his voice faded away to the soft gurgle one hears at the end of a kookaburra’s song. The only person on the ground who didn’t watch the course of the ball was Victor Trumper.
And as for your wages—if you do go back, throw the money in the old miser’s face. ’ I didn’t know who this Simon Legree was, but I remember his name was always used when unpleasant people were discussed by the family. What reputation he had was vindicated a few weeks later. Willie, the village hag’s son, working in the same factory scalded his legs when carrying an urn of boiling tea up a flight of stairs. After weeks of unemployment owing to his injuries he returned to the factory and made a personal claim for compensation.
10 for 66 and All That by Arthur Mailey