Everything changed in 1989, when my beloved St Kilda decided I was not going to make the grade as an Aussie Rules player. I was too slow and not tall enough. The news struck me like a thunderbolt.
With nothing to lose, I decided to go to England with a mate called Rick Gough to play club cricket in Bristol. From then on cricket took over. Without planning a career, I just seemed to be playing all the time. I made some progress at club level, played for Victoria and found myself walking out at Sydney for my Test debut in the season of 1991-92. It all happened very quickly.
I think I have established my place in the history of cricket, but no matter how many Tests I play and wickets I take, I like to think my biggest contribution has been to make spin bowling exciting and even fashionable, and to attract young kids to play our great game.
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