'It was not a good time,' Cartwright remembers. 'A lot of people did not want cricket to be involved in political issues. But, in the end, good came out of it all.'
Cartwright was not chosen again, but it was not the last time he would influence international cricket. Later, at Somerset, he took the 16- year-old Ian Botham under his wing. 'He had been seen as a batsman but we encouraged him to bowl, and he learnt to swing the ball both ways in a matter of weeks.'
Born in Coventry in 1935, Cartwright won five Test caps, the last at Trent Bridge in 1965 against South Africa, when, heroically, he took 6 for 94 in the first innings despite breaking a thumb, but he could not prevent what was to be, until this summer, the tourists' last Test triumph in England.
His 25-year first-class career, one of 1,500 wickets and nearly 14,000 runs, ended in 1977 with Glamorgan, where he remained as cricket manager until 1984 before taking up his present full-time role as administrator and national coach of Wales. Married with two grown-up children, he lives in Neath and turns out in charity matches for the NatWest Old England XI.
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