The point that FB is making, in his usual laboured way, is that they are skills of a similar category. They are both other-worldly, mesmerising, delivering their own absolute beauty. Those who have perfected them are also rare and true high level performers must be cherished accordingly. So they are connected.
The lineage of leg spin bowling follows a clear line from Charlie Grimmet to Richie Benaud to Shane Warne. Other great artists include Abdul Qadir, Ian Peebles and Anil Kimble. But compared to ten a penny finger spinners they are rare birds, and at the retirement of each there is a collective wonder whether the breed has died out.
|Not a castrato|
Among the roles and parts sung by the counter tenor are those previously sung by castrati - a cruel fashion which persisted particularly in Italy from the mid 16th Century to the 18th Century. Castrati were only finally made illegal in Italy in 1870 and recordings of the last of the breed exist. Cricket never found a place for the castrato, thankfully - although too many batsmen have felt this is their fate as their box was found wanting against fast bowling. And there is no evidence that leg spin bowlers have had to undergo special surgical procedures, although hair weaving has been in evidence.
Leg spin and off spin are completely different things. So the high male voice is wholly different from the female voice in the same register, as composers and opera producers have recognised. The future of the counter tenor looks assured therefore. And there will surely in time be a worthy successor to Andreas Scholl. But whether there will be a successor to Warne is another matter entirely.
Here is an example of Warne's artistry - the ball of the century against Mike Gatting in 1993. And here is an example of Scholl's - the aria Dove Sei from Handel's Rodelinda. Sublime.