By Arthur Mailey
Arthur Mailey's vintage autobiography, first released in 1958, is a wry and interesting account by means of a skilled cricketer from a truly diverse era—full of zest, different, speedy, transferring the purpose of assault, occasionally extravagant, often marvelous and consistently considerate. For 50 years, Arthur Mailey performed and watched top notch cricket. in the course of his try occupation he performed opposed to some of the greats, and on one outstanding celebration disregarded his idol, Victor Trumper, to his instant remorse: "I felt like a boy who had killed a dove." it is a reminder of the honor days of cricket—amateurs and pros, Bradman, Noble, and Trumper batting, and Barnes, O'Reilly, and Fleetwood-Smith with the ball.
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It’s just been picked. ’ ‘Give us a squint,’ he demanded. He ran his eye down the names. ’ I asked. ‘B— lousy. ’ I left the tram, the bloke and the paper at the next stop. 32 10 for 66 and All That 21/7/08 5:22 PM Page 33 5. Watering the wicket scrambled through my first Test without doing much harm and felt that with a little luck I might be chosen for the second match of the series to be played a month or so later. A Test match place meant £25, almost eight weeks’ wages at the Water Board, and perhaps more important, a measure of pride to a little hard-worked woman and her war-crippled son who watched the match from a public stand.
What a fine Test player you’d make—you’re just a bundle of nerves. I made an effort and slapped the paper open at the fateful page. Although there was a mass of print before my eyes the names of the team hit me as if they were printed in headline size. MAILEY, NSW . . yes, I was in. I cannot be sure whether I reassembled the water meter. After all, it was thirty-six years ago. Perhaps the poor old lady in the cottage hasn’t had any water since. But I do remember what happened in the tram-car on the way home.
The engineer came down to me and hovered around. Then he bent over the meter to get a close view of the trouble. A shaft of black water caught him full in the face and he retired hastily, cursing the inefficiency of Water Board employees. ‘Something seemed to go wrong’ 35 10 for 66 and All That 21/7/08 5:22 PM Page 36 10 for 66 and All That When it was looking as though the basement would be flooded out, I somehow turned the right bolt. With frantic haste I threw off my overalls, had a quick wash, and rushed over to the lift.