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Full name Edric Leadbeater
Born August 15, 1927, Lockwood, Huddersfield, Yorkshire
Died April 17, 2011, Huddersfield (aged 83 years 245 days)
Major teams England, Warwickshire, Yorkshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
|Test debut||India v England at Mumbai (BS), Dec 14-19, 1951 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v England at Kolkata, Dec 30, 1951 - Jan 4, 1952 scorecard|
|First-class span||1949 - 1958|
Eddie Leadbeater was a diminutive legspinner who was one of a rare breed to have played for his country but not been awarded a county cap. He played seven seasons with Yorkshire (1949-56) and another two at Warwickshire (1957-58) but lacked the variety or penetration to be really successful, relying on a topspinner for variety rather than a googly. He was surprisingly summoned to India in 1951-52 as an injury replacement, where he took two expensive wickets in two Tests.
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.