You know it makes sense.
It was always ok to hit a leg side ball to leg obviously but with bowling being so off side such a delivery was normally a bad mistake from the bowler as was a short delivery..
E.M.Grace was known for 'pulling' straight or even off side balls to leg - believed to be a technique learned because he was given a bat too large for him as a youngster - and this was rather looked down upon.
Ranji was the first to hit straight deliveries to leg wth a 'straight' bat.
Also, I see no stumpings.
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Your link was informative but I don't see its relevance.
Here is a photo of O'Reilly bowling to his slips field (sorry it's not bigger). If someone can find a similar photo of SF Barnes and his slips field, then Bradman was right - O'Reilly and Barnes were similar kinds of bowlers, and therefore probably bowled at the similar speeds.
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Barnes in this match revealed himself once more as one of the most remarkable bowlers that this country has ever produced. He has a positively wonderful command of the leg break.... His great height makes it difficult for the batsman to follow the flight of the ball. He is useful on every kind of wicket, whereas few bowlers of his pace are able to bowl on a sticky wicket. - JACK HOBBS, 'My Cricket Memories' (1924)
Thats a better photo I have of O'Reilly so thanks for that Watson. My wife has scanned the Minnett cutting Barnes photo. She and I will try and upload it here later. Hopefully it all works.
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Anyway she sportingly allows me to camp in front of the teev when a game is on and isn't the remotest bit jealous. She is far more adept at computers than I and was happy to try and help me here.
Here is a short video that includes footage of both O'Reilly and DVP Wright bowling in the 1938 series. Both were quick for leg-spinners with the slips fielder standing back about half a pitch length;
AUSTRALIA WINS THE ASHES - British Pathé
Last edited by watson; 10-02-2013 at 07:29 PM.
Bradman considered O'Reilly superior because "he bowled the googly" - as Barnes replied when told this "I never needed to". He spun his off break from the front of the hand.
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