Monday, May 21, 2007

A pause, to look back

“Lock, whose arms always seem to be on puppet strings so quickly do they shoot upwards to register success, misfortune, a snick - or, sometimes, seemingly, even the time of day - turned himself backwards on his heels so far that with his arms at full stretch he represented nothing more than an agitated and exultant symbol of interrogation.” That was Jack Fingleton's description of English spinner Lock's appeal for LBW against Australian Neil Harvey at the Oval in 1953. That was another era of Test cricket, and cricket writing.

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