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Signed and inscribed From what we read of American football, the local player is going to have the game of his life when he meets the Fleet team in a friendly game
Provenance: Edward Barkes, Sydney
1866-1967 Sydney cricketer, cartoonist and journalist.
Between 1921 and 1926 Mailey played twenty-one Tests for Australia taking 99 wickets at 33.9 runs apiece. He twice toured England where in all matches he captured 287 wickets for less than 20 runs each.
One of the greatest right-arm, leg-spin bowlers, Mailey spun the ball considerably, gave it much air and was always cheerfully prepared to 'buy' his wickets. One of his colleagues described his bowling as a mixture of 'spin, flight and sheer fun'.
Mailey was also a talented cartoonist and journalist and had attended J. S. Watkins's art class. He drew cartoons and caricatures for the Sydney Arrow and Bulletin and the London Bystander: in 1921 he joined the staff of the Sydney Sun as sporting cartoonist and cricket writer, later transferring to the Daily Telegraph. He frequently visited England, South Africa and New Zealand with Australian teams and organized many successful 'Arthur Mailey's' touring teams in Australia and a successful official Australian tour of North America in 1932. He covered the 'bodyline' tour in 1932-33 and wrote And then came Larwood (London, 1933) as well as several booklets of anecdotes and sketches.