Oz mystery tennis player-turned bowler to take game by storm with self-developed 'George' doosra

Sydney, Apr 14 (ANI): A former Australian junior tennis player has emerged as Cricket Australia's (CA) mystery spin bowler after flying under the sport's so-called 'radar' armed with a sought-after 'doosra' delivery, which he had christened as George.

Off-spinner Josh Connolly, a one-time opponent of tennis ace Bernard Tomic, had represented the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) team in CA's Futures League last summer and is relocating to Sydney in the hope of cracking the domestic New South Wales team, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The report further said that although Connolly has not come through the official CA pathway, he had developed 'George' through his determination and natural ability.

Stating that he has been focusing on 'George', the 20-year-old Connolly said that he had taken it upon himself to develop the delivery as he said that although other teams are bringing in bowlers who can bowl finger-spin both ways, Australia seems to be struggling to do that.

Connolly further said that he wants to reveal 'George' while playing grade-cricket in Sydney next year, adding that the he hoped that the delivery will take Sydney by storm.

According to the off-spinner, he started working on 'George' under ACT coach Mark Higgs, following which he has been practising the delivery on the nets.

Connolly was a nationally ranked junior tennis player before the financial reality of the sport made a future in it impractical, following which he turned his attention to cricket at the age of 17, the report added. (ANI)


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