Fiction

Leg Spinner

I remember the first time I wrote about him: the leg spinner. The editor of the paper, Clive Holder, asked me, “Who is this new kid they picked for the state team?” Clive was a cricket fanatic. I told him the debutant was a leg-spinning all-rounder. “A species presumed extinct,” he said, and added, “Are they picking him to bat at six or seven?” “Genuine all-rounder,” I said. “Picked him to bat at seven.” I’ve been watching him play for Waverley for two seasons, up at the oval on Bondi Road. The boy is exceptional. Simon Heath is the real…

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