Bodyline Autopsy

BODYLINE AUTOPSY 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 ...

Author: David Frith

Publisher: Aurum

ISBN: 9781781311936

Category: Sports & Recreation

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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.

Bodyline Autopsy

Bodyline Autopsy is the most comprehensive work ever written on this fasinating subject.

Author: David Frith

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ISBN: 1854109316

Category: Cricket

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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.

Cricketing Lives

Frith, Bodyline Autopsy, p. 71; Denzil Batchelor, The Book of Cricket 16 17 (London, 1952), p. 108. Markus Berkmann, Rain Men (London, 1995), p. 84. Live Reporter, 'This sporting life: One of the world's most valuable 18 collections of ...

Author: Richard H. Thomas

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781789143720

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 448

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Cricket is defined by the characters who have played it, watched it, reported it, ruled upon it, ruined it, and rejoiced in it. Humorous and deeply affectionate, Cricketing Lives tells the story of the world’s greatest and most incomprehensible game through those who have shaped it, from the rustic contests of eighteenth-century England to the spectacle of the Indian Premier League. It’s about W. G. Grace and his eye for a pound; Charles Burgess Fry and his flirtation with Albania; the invincible Viv Richards; and Sarah Taylor, “the best wicketkeeper in the world . . . male or female.” Paying homage, too, to the game’s great writers, Richard Thomas steers a course through the despair of war, tactical controversies, and internecine politics to reveal how cricket has always stormed back to warm our hearts like nothing else can.

Bodyline Hypocrisy

... 1996 Frith, David, The Fast Men, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1975 Frith, David, Archie Jackson, Pavilion Books, 1987 Frith, David, Bodyline Autopsy, Aurum Press, 2002 Gibson, Alan, The Cricket Captains of England, Cassell, 1979 Giuseppi, ...

Author: Michael Arnold

Publisher: eBook Partnership

ISBN: 9781909178908

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 260

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This fresh analysis of the England&–Australia "e;Bodyline Controversy"e; of 1932-33 uncovers hypocrisy on both sides of the furore, drawing on exclusive interviews with English "e;villain of the piece"e; (and Australian emigre) Harold Larwood. At the time, Australia was a young, isolated country where sport was a religion, winning essential, and the media prone to distortion. In England, the MCC was pressurised by a British government fearing trade repercussions, leaving Harold Larwood and Douglas Jardine to be hung out to dry on a clothes-line of political expediency. The Bodyline Hypocrisy analyzes the influence of Australian culture on events, and on exaggerations and distortions previously accepted as fact. It reveals that the MCC granted Honorary Membership to Larwood in 1949, influenced by its Australian president. And now even Ian Chappell has stated that Jardine's leg-theory tactic was simply playing Test cricket with whatever weapons were available. Times change and the truth emerges.

A War to the Knife

Firstly, the Wisden editor in 1933 was writing without having seen bodyline as practiced by Jardine's team. ... 143 Bodyline Autopsy, David Frith, page 361 144 Cardus, although he wasn't in Australia in 1932-1933 had 147 bodyline ...

Author: Richard Bentley

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781789017496

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

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The book tells the story of two test match series: England vs West Indies in 1933 and West Indies vs England in 1935. The England team was one of the best to ever play the game. Their side including: Herbert Sutcliffe, Wally Hammond Harold Larwood and captained by Douglas Jardine had just battered Australia by 4:1 in the infamous bodyline series. Australians though regarded the bodyline series as a travesty: what was supposed to be a gentle game for gentlemen had been turned into a struggle for dominance characterised by violence, intimidation and injury. The West Indian team, made up of from the populations of Britain’s scattered possessions in the Caribbean and divided by race as well as island loyalties, seemingly, had little chance against Jardine’s juggernaut. But cricket in the West Indies was more than just a game, the cricket field was a place where the island’s black population could meet their white compatriots as equals in competition, competitions they often won. West Indian cricket was an exciting new thing, suffused with athletic excellence, passion, the desire for dignity and financial security. Could men like: Learie Constantine, Manny Martindale and George Headley take West Indian cricket out into the world and beat the best the British had to offer?

Never Surrender

Cricket's Tarnished Ideals 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 from Bodyline to the Present, p29 Quoted in Frith, Bodyline Autopsy, p237 Jardine, In Quest of the Ashes, p151 Quoted in E.W. Docker, Bradman and the Bodyline ...

Author: Mark Peel

Publisher: eBook Partnership

ISBN: 9781785319990

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

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Never Surrender: The Life of Douglas Jardine is the enthralling story of England's most controversial cricket captain, forever associated with bodyline bowling on MCC's tour to Australia in 1932/33. Despite his privileged upbringing and amateur status, Jardine's steely personality and win-at-all-costs ethos was more akin to the professional game. Confronted with the run-making genius of Australia's Don Bradman in 1932/33, Jardine resorted to a form of intimidatory bowling that helped England regain the Ashes, but his tactics shocked Australia and brought relations between the two countries to the point of collapse. To restore harmony, Jardine was disowned by the MCC cricket establishment and shunned thereafter, but now - in a more modern, competitive age - his reputation has undergone a rehabilitation, not least in Australia. Drawing on fresh material, award-winning cricket author Mark Peel reappraises an outstanding leader whose care for those he valued knew no bounds.

The Cambridge Companion to Cricket

9 See David Frith, Bodyline Autopsy: The Full Story of the Most Sensational Test Cricket Series: England v Australia 1932–33 (London: Aurum, 2002); Ric Sissons and Brian Stoddart, Cricket and Empire: The 1932–33 Bodyline Tour of ...

Author: Anthony Bateman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107494213

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 308

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Few other team sports can equal the global reach of cricket. Rich in history and tradition, it is both quintessentially English and expansively international, a game that has evolved and changed dramatically in recent times. Demonstrating how the history of cricket and its international popularity is entwined with British imperial expansion, this book examines the social and political impact of the game in a variety of cultural sites: the West Indies, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. An international team of contributors explores the enduring influence of cricket on English identity, examines why cricket has seized the imagination of so many literary figures and provides profiles of iconic players including Bradman, Lara and Tendulkar. Presenting a global panoramic view of cricket's complicated development, its unique adaptability and its political and sporting controversies, the book provides a rich insight into a unique sporting and cultural heritage.

England The Biography

Barbados Advocate, 2 August 1933 quoted in The Cambridge Companion to Cricket 'cricket is doomed in Australia,' Dr Allen Robertson, Bodyline Autopsy, p.81 'For many years after Larwood went out of the game .

Author: Simon Wilde

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781471154867

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 512

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'An astonishing work of research, detail and revelation. Bulging with information, packed with nuggets.' John Etheridge, Sun 'Superbly researched... His eye for detail never wavers. It’s a pleasure to read.' Vic Marks, Observer 'The Cricket Book of the Year: Dauntingly comprehensive and surprisingly light-footed.' Simon Briggs, Daily Telegraph England: The Biography is the most comprehensive account of the England cricket team that has ever been published, taking the reader into the heart of the action and the team dynamics that have helped shape their success, or otherwise. It is now 140 years since England first played Test match cricket and, for much of that time, it has struggled to perform to the best of its capabilities. In the early years, amateurs would pick and choose which matches and tours they would play; subsequently, the demands of the county game - and the petty jealousies that created - would prevent many from achieving their best. It was only in the 1990s that central contracts were brought in, and Team England began to receive the best possible support from an ever-increasing backroom team. But cricket isn't just about structures, it depends like no other sport on questions of how successful the captain is in motivating and leading his team, and how well different personalities and egos are integrated and managed in the changing room. From Joe Root and Alastair Cook back to Mike Atherton, Mike Brearley and Ray Illingworth, England captains have had a heavy influence on proceedings. Recent debates over Kevin Pietersen were nothing new, as contemporaries of W.G.Grace would doubtless recognise. As England play their 1000th Test, this is a brilliant and unmissable insight into the ups and downs of that story.

The British World and an Australian National Identity

Bodyline has been the subject of many books, articles and even a TV series in Australia. Some examples include David Frith (2003) Bodyline Autopsy: The Full Story of the Most Sensational Test Cricket Series: Australia v England, ...

Author: Jared van Duinen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137527783

Category: History

Page: 85

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This book explores the dynamics of Anglo-Australian cricketing relations within the ‘British World’ in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It explores what these interactions can tell us about broader Anglo-Australian relations during this period and, in particular, the evolution of an Australian national identity. Sport was, and is, a key aspect of Australian culture. Jared van Duinen demonstrates how sport was used to rehearse an identity that would then emerge in broader cultural and political terms. Using cricket as a case study, this book contributes to the ongoing historiographical debate about the nature and evolution of an Australian national identity.

Wisden India Almanack 2016

favourite author is David Frith – though not part of the canon, I loved Bodyline Autopsy. The one book I could not afford to buy was Bradman's The Art of Cricket signed by Neville Cardus (which was priced at a whopping Rs 250,000), ...

Author: Suresh Menon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9789384898281

Category: Sports & Recreation

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Wisden has grown through the years to embrace innovation and maintain its status as the most revered and cherished brand in cricket. The 'Bible of Cricket', Wisden Cricketers' Almanack has been published every year since 1864. Wisden's Cricketers of the Year Awards, one of the oldest honours in the sport, dates back to 1889. The Almanack, known for editorial excellence, has been a perennial bestseller in the UK. The fourth edition with India-specific content is even more engrossing. Contributors include Ramachandra Guha, Ian Chappell, Ajit Wadekar, Amol Rajan, Osman Samiuddin, Dileep Premachandran, Prashant Kidambi, Ruchir Joshi, Rajdeep Sardesai, Akash Chopra, Jarrod Kimber, and Jack Hobbs