Bodyline Autopsy: The full story of the most sensational Test cricket series: Australia v England 1932-33

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Aurum Press, Jun 24, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 480 pages

In 1932, England’ s cricket team, led by the haughty Douglas Jardine, had the fastest bowler in the world: Harold Larwood. Australia boasted the most prolific batsman the game had ever seen: the young Don Bradman. He had to be stopped. The leg-side bouncer onslaught inflicted by Larwood and Bill Voce, with a ring of fieldsmen waiting for catches, caused an outrage that reverberated to the back of the stands and into the highest levels of government. Bodyline, as this infamous technique came to be known, was repugnant to the majority of cricket-lovers. It was also potentially lethal – one bowl fracturing the skull of Australian wicketkeeper Bert Oldfield – and the technique was outlawed in 1934.

After the death of Don Bradman in 2001, one of the most controversial events in cricketing history – the Bodyline technique - finally slid out of living memory. Over seventy years on, the 1932-33 Ashes series remains the most notorious in the history of Test cricket between Australia and England.

David Frith’ s gripping narrative has been acclaimed as the definitive book on the whole saga: superbly researched and replete with anecdotes, Bodyline Autopsy is a masterly anatomy of one of the most remarkable sporting scandals.

 

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Great book to read when skiing in the Alps! Shows how much cricket has changed since the days of the Bodyline tour. Puts in to context the classic tussles over the Ashes and shows that Aussies can whinge with the best of the Pommies! Read full review

Contents

Preface
ORIGINS
THE TARGETTHE SNIPERS
SOUTHWARD
THE MANIN THE HARLEQUIN
ACROSS THE WIDE BROWN LAND
5
THE MAGIC OF McCABE
6
DONS ODD DOUBLE 8 ADELAIDEEARTHQUAKE 9 CABLES AND LABELS
7
THE FINAL SHOOTOUT
89
SACKCLOTH AND ASHES
12
CONSEQUENCES
14
THE CORPSE TWITCHES
47
GATHERING OF THE GHOSTS
47
Endnotes
48
Acknowledgments
47
Index Copyright
50

SILENT MANOEUVRES
10
FROM A HOSPITAL
11

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About the author (2013)

Historian, archivist, interviewer and writer, David Frith founded Wisden Cricket Monthly in 1979 and ran it for seventeen years. He is also a former editor of The Cricketer. His many books include a bestselling pictorial history of Ashes Tests (the first 1000-picture cricket book); The Trailblazers, a reconstruction of the first English tour of Australia (1861-62) and the thrilling 1894-95 series; Silence of the Heart, his acclaimed study of cricket suicides; The Fast Men, Caught England, Bowled Australia; Bodyline Autopsy, and biographies of such disparate cricketers as John Edrich and Jeff Thomson. He lives in Guildford, Surrey.

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