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The Spin | Stanley Jackson: a batting master, MP and sportsman who bewitched Cardus

Celebrated writer’s first Guardian piece talks of a largely forgotten FS Jackson innings that prompts a search into a fascinating cricketing life

This year marks the centenary of the debut in this newspaper’s sports pages of Neville Cardus, perhaps the greatest of all cricket writers. There has probably been enough written about the great man – may I refer you to Duncan Hamilton’s The Great Romantic, the winner of the 2019 William Hill sports book of the year award? – but reading his early articles throws up so many more fascinating questions than those simply about their author.

One obvious question was prompted by the first article published under his chosen byline, “Cricketer”, a summary of Lancashire’s prospects in the 1920 season.

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