Ashley Mallett

Former Australia spinner


Bradman as a boy
Bradman as a boy

There were plenty of early indications that he would go on to be a cricket great

How a spinner can break the rhythm of the batsman
How a spinner can break the rhythm of the batsman

By learning how to subtly change the pace of his deliveries

How I learnt to (nearly) bowl the doosra
How I learnt to (nearly) bowl the doosra

An offie can't really bowl the legbreak without throwing, but that doesn't mean variations aren't possible

When Australia beat Panikstan at the G
When Australia beat Panikstan at the G

Pakistan were close to winning their first Test down under, but Tangles and Book Book had other ideas

My life in cricket writing (and reading)
My life in cricket writing (and reading)

A player tells of how he came to fall into the line of work followed by Cardus, Arlott and others of that ilk

Bouncer-safety starts with watching the ball
Bouncer-safety starts with watching the ball

Proper technique is a must. And there are lessons to be learnt from how batsmen of the pre-helmet era negotiated short balls

Cho's mystery
Cho's mystery

Former Australian spinner John Gleeson was unreadable on and off the field. A team-mate remembers

My mate Tangles
My mate Tangles

Looking back at the wit and bowling of Max Walker

How Australia can up their game against spin
How Australia can up their game against spin

Their batsmen should look to rotate the strike and use their feet more. Else, a 3-0 whitewash looms

Remembering Spinner Kline
Remembering Spinner Kline

In memory of an Australian bowler who featured in one of the greatest series of all time

The talented Mr Trumper
The talented Mr Trumper

A hundred years after his death, a look back at the life and career of the Australian legend who was possibly a better batsman than the Don on pitches ravaged by the elements

Brendon McCullum, honorary Aussie
Brendon McCullum, honorary Aussie

The New Zealand captain's attitude and approach have rubbed off on his team-mates, and they are now firm favourites for the title

'Do you want to press charges against a Mr Jeff Thomson?'
'Do you want to press charges against a Mr Jeff Thomson?'

The day Sri Lanka were bruised and broken by the Aussie tearaway in a World Cup game

Penalty runs the best punishment for slow over rates
Penalty runs the best punishment for slow over rates

Fines and suspensions have had no effect. Awarding the opposition runs for every over a team falls short in a Test innings will definitely bite harder

The first genuine legbreak in England in years
The first genuine legbreak in England in years

In which the author tries to cover up a faux pas made while talking to the Queen

The first Boxing Day classic
The first Boxing Day classic

Nearly 150 years ago, the MCG saw the start of a much-loved tradition, with a match starring Aboriginal players

Catch the terrorists, Fletch
Catch the terrorists, Fletch

Fred Trueman was never short of a great retort or a tale

Gleeson the enforcer
Gleeson the enforcer

When the former offspinner adopted unconventional tactics to help the Australians save a tour game in Bangalore

Big-hearted, broad-shouldered Davo
Big-hearted, broad-shouldered Davo

Former Australia allrounder Alan Davidson was a devastating fast bowler and a generous batsman, who has spent his life serving Australian sport in various capacities

A lesson from the gnome
A lesson from the gnome

Clarrie Grimmett knew a thing or two about bowling