Just like the A-level student who has to settle for their second or third choices of university, there are cricketers who start out aiming for one thing and end up being something else entirely, such as Middlesex’s Josh de Caires.
De Caires, if you don’t know, is Michael Atherton’s son. Like dad (who did bowl some occasionally serviceable wrist-spin), son was focusing his efforts on becoming an accomplished top-order batter when a remarkable metamorphosis happened. Out of the blue, he became Middlesex’s go-to spinner and not just that, one who takes wickets i…
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