By Arthur Mailey
Arthur Mailey's vintage autobiography, first released in 1958, is a wry and fascinating account via a skilled cricketer from a truly diversified era—full of zest, assorted, speedy, moving the purpose of assault, occasionally extravagant, usually terrific and regularly considerate. For 50 years, Arthur Mailey performed and watched top notch cricket. in the course of his try out occupation he performed opposed to a few of the greats, and on one awesome celebration brushed off his idol, Victor Trumper, to his speedy remorse: "I felt like a boy who had killed a dove." this can be a reminder of the dignity 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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For all I know he is still waiting there. J. Pope, who travelled with many Australian teams as honorary medical officer, and he introduced me to the chairman, Norman Pope, his brother Parke and another director, George Wright. 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.
Protested Mother. ’ I had nothing to say. I was little concerned with what should happen to me in the match. What worried me was that something would happen to Trumper which would prevent his playing. Although at this time I had never seen Trumper play, on occasions I trudged from Waterloo across the sandhills to the Sydney Cricket Ground and waited at the gate to watch the players coming out. Once I had climbed on a tram and actually sat opposite my hero for three stops. I would have gone further but having no money I did not want to take the chance of being kicked in the pants by the conductor.
Although I was sorry that a strike should put an end to my job I certainly wasn’t sorry to give up my tough labours at the bottle works. In retrospect, it becomes part of the obvious pattern of my life, but it wasn’t so easy to live through. While I was there I used to practise bowling during ‘spellos’ and lunch intervals. I always had a cricket ball with me wherever I was working, just in case there was a brick wall or a fence to bowl at. ’ Did it ever occur to them, in later years, that fifty per cent of their prophecy came true?
10 for 66 and All That by Arthur Mailey