Bernard James Tindal Bosanquet was an ordinary English cricketer.Bosanquet played cricket for Eton College from 1891 to 1896, before gaining his Blue at Oriel College, Oxford. He played with moderate success as a batsman who bowled at fast-medium pace for Oxford University between 1898 and 1900. While still a student, he made several appearances for Middlesex and achieved a regular place in the county side as an amateur.
While playing a tabletop game, Bosanquet devised a new technique for delivering a ball, later named the “X”, which he steadily practised during his time at Oxford. He first began using it in cricket matches around 1900, abandoning his faster style of bowling, but it was not until 1903 that his new delivery began to attract attention. Having gone on several minor overseas tours, Bosanquet was selected in 1903 for the fully representative Marylebone Cricket Club (M.C.C.) tour of Australia. During that tour, he made his Test debut for England and although his batting was unsuccessful, he did well as a bowler and troubled all the opposing batsmen. More success followed; in the 1904 season, he took more than 100 wickets and his bowling career peaked when he spearheaded England to victory in the first Test against Australia in 1905.
So the question is that what was that special thing devised by Bosanquet which is a very common thing even in todays cricketing world???
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