The Bodyline Series Australia Vs England 1932-1933

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Post by jahid789 on Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:35 am

The Bodyline Series
Australia Vs England 1932-1933















Few sporting events have caused such an international storm as the 1932-33 Ashes series which, at its nadir, not only threatened the tour itself but also political relations between the United Kingdom and Australia. In the end the series was completed, but not without incident, but the scars lingered on for generations. The series produced a new word - Bodyline. It was a tactic devised primarily to negate the genius of the young Don Bradman, but it also tested and battered most of the Australian batsmen.

The tactics were not complicated. With no restriction on the number of fielders on the leg side, it meant bowlers could bowl down the leg and so, in effect, make run scoring risky and difficult as the ball had to be safely steered though a packed leg-side field. Nor was the idea new - leg theory, as it was widely know, had been around for decades and while not popular, it was effective and not uncommon.

The difference in 1932-33 was that England possessed a battery of good, accurate fast bowlers - and accuracy and speed were the key - spearheaded by Nottinghamshire's Harold Larwood. That enabled Douglas Jardine, the captain, to maintain a sustained conventional or leg-side attack. But the main difference was that England bowled at the body, not to restrict but to intimidate. In an era where protection was limited to a box, that meant the batsman's very safety was at risk.

The plan was hatched, so the story goes, in 1931 after some players noticed that Bradman had winced when struck on the body and had, so they said, looked frightened. Jardine seized on this and set out for Australia with the bowlers he needed to carry out the tactic.



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1st Test: Australia v England at Sydney, Dec 2-7, 1932
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2nd Test: Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 30, 1932 - Jan 3, 1933
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3rd Test: Australia v England at Adelaide, Jan 13-19, 1933
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4th Test: Australia v England at Brisbane, Feb 10-16, 1933
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5th Test: Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 23-28, 1933
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