|Look out Liz, here I come.......|
In FB's view no praise is too great for Warne as a player and the best captain Australia never had. Despite all the stories, the bad behaviour, the bad press he is a great of the game. He mastered the technical skills of spin bowling as well as anyone, but then added the showmanship and the psychology that contributed greatly to his haul of wickets. 'Yes, he had been working on a new mystery ball for the new series.' Had he? Or did he just have the same range but varied the mix with greater disguise and flair. Who knows? FB is disappointed that he never had the opportunity to see him live but he is also thankful for one thing - that he never had to face him. Carlton's ever lengthening cast of junior leg spinners queue up to bowl at FB in the nets, knowing that comedy capers are on their way. That is traumatic enough and FB has to lie down afterwards in a dark room - what, therefore, would the ball of the century that ripped past Mike Gatting in 1993 have done to him?
Warne is not the only cricketing Shane, although he was the first; and Shane Watson, also a Rajasthan Royal, takes over the mantle. FB wonders whether a law may have secretly been passed in the Australian Parliament to ensure that the Australian team must have a player called Shane, or the koalas will fall out of the trees or some equally dire fate.
Shane is a significant movie in several other ways; it was the first to be projected in a flat widescreen, a format that Paramount invented to counter the growing lure of TV. This format could show panoramic vistas - wide screen entertainment - that the previous Academy aspect could not. Although there was a slight change in the screen dimensions shortly after, this aspect became and remains the dominant aspect in movie production. TV now is also in a wide screen format, but it took many years to catch up. Shane was one of the first films to attempt to re-create the overwhelming sound of gunfire, rather than the pop-gun sound effects of earlier efforts. Shane was also one of the first films in which actors were attached to hidden wires that yanked them backwards when they were shot from the front. Reports say that this reflects the direct experience and observation of director George Stevens during his service in World War II who saw close up what a single bullet can do.
|I reckon the flipper is next......|
|...........or the mystery ball.........|