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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 truly diverse era—full of zest, diverse, quickly, transferring the purpose of assault, occasionally extravagant, usually incredible 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 the various greats, and on one impressive party 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 execs, Bradman, Noble, and Trumper batting, and Barnes, O'Reilly, and Fleetwood-Smith with the ball.

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As I unloosened the bolts of that meter I allowed myself to wonder whether I had an outside chance of wearing the green cap. A white Orpington which had just produced an egg chuckled as it blinked its way across the yard, while a large Rhode Island rooster threw his beak to the heavens and crowed majestically. Thought-reading is not confined to humans. I seemed to make little headway with meters that day and was preparing to snatch a quiet nap in the afternoon shade when I heard: ‘Piper . . piper .

38 10 for 66 and All That 21/7/08 5:22 PM Page 39 WATERING THE WICKET But of course there was a social side to the tour. The man who taught me how to cope with it, and, in doing so, taught me more about the philosophy of life in one day than all my dumb schoolteachers had taught me during my term at school, was our honorary medical officer, Dr Roland Pope. A genuinely charming man, perfectly mannered (except when in conflict with waiters and taxi drivers) this extraordinary medico lived for cricket.

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.

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