Arthur Mailey

Arthur Alfred Mailey (3 January 1886  31 December 1967) was an Australian cricketer who played in 21 Test matches between 1920 and 1926.[1]

Arthur Mailey
Personal information
Full nameArthur Alfred Mailey
Born(1886-01-03)3 January 1886
Zetland, New South Wales, Australia
Died31 December 1967(1967-12-31) (aged 81)
Kirrawee, New South Wales, Australia
BattingRight-hand batsman
BowlingRight-arm leg break and googly
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 108)17 December 1920 v England
Last Test14 August 1926 v England
Domestic team information
1912–1930New South Wales
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 21 158
Runs scored 222 1,530
Batting average 11.10 12.33
100s/50s 0/0 0/3
Top score 46* 66
Balls bowled 6,119 36,285
Wickets 99 779
Bowling average 33.91 24.09
5 wickets in innings 6 61
10 wickets in match 2 16
Best bowling 9/121 10/66
Catches/stumpings 14/– 157/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 23 March 2017

Mailey used leg-break and googly bowling, taking 99 Test wickets, including 36 in the 1920–21 Ashes series. In the second innings of the fourth Test at Melbourne, he took nine wickets for 121 runs, which is still the Test record for an Australian bowler.[2][3]

In first-class cricket at Cheltenham during the 1921 tour, he took all ten Gloucestershire wickets for 66 runs in the second innings. His 1958 autobiography was accordingly titled 10 for 66 and All That (an allusion to the humorous book of English history, 1066 and All That).

He also holds the record for the most expensive bowling analysis in first-class cricket. Bowling for New South Wales at Melbourne in 1926–27 as Victoria scored the record first-class total of 1107, Mailey bowled 64 eight-ball overs, did not manage a maiden and took 4 for 362.[4][5] He said that his figures would have been much better had not three sitters been dropped off his bowling – "two by a man in the pavilion wearing a bowler hat" and one by an unfortunate team-mate whom he consoled with the words, "I'm expecting to take a wicket any day now."

Beginning his working life as a labourer, he became a talented writer and artist. Between 1920 and 1953, he published a number of booklets of cartoons of cricketers of his time.[6]

"Someone dubbed him the man who bowled like a millionaire, and how true it was! Arthur's objective was to take wickets, and the spending of runs in the process bothered him little. For a relatively small man Arthur had abnormally large hands, soft as silk to the touch, and he once told me he didn't know what it was to have tired or sore fingers". Don Bradman[7]

Mailey married Miss Maud Hinchcllffe in 1912. They had three sons, and a daughter.[8]

Mailey died in Kirrawee, New South Wales on 31 December 1967 aged 81.

See also


  1. "ARTHUR MAILEY". The Brisbane Courier (21, 334). Queensland, Australia. 11 June 1926. p. 13. Retrieved 7 June 2018 via National Library of Australia.
  2. "Australian Test records – Best bowling figures in an innings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. "ARTHUR MAILEY". The Queenslander (2846). Queensland, Australia. 19 March 1921. p. 3. Retrieved 7 June 2018 via National Library of Australia.
  4. Frindall, Bill (1998). The Wisden Book of Cricket Records (Fourth ed.). London: Headline Book Publishing. p. 264. ISBN 0747222037.
  5. "Victoria v New South Wales at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, 24–29 Dec 1926". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  6. Arlott, John (6 March 1980). "A cricket treasury". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  7. Bradman, Donald (1977) Introduction to E.W. Swanton, Swanton in Australia with MCC 1946–75, Fontana. ISBN 0006345166.
  8. "ARTHUR MAILEY'S WIFE DEAD". The Argus (Melbourne) (28, 562). Victoria, Australia. 8 March 1938. p. 2. Retrieved 7 June 2018 via National Library of Australia.
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