In the 1932-33 Ashes series the English cricket team, led by Douglas Jardine, devised a bold method to combat the rampaging Don Bradman, then in his pomp. It was called ‘fast leg theory’. The theory had two components: a snare of fielders placed on the leg side and a barrage of balls delivered consistently, at speed, towards the body. The English hoped that batsmen, trying to defend themselves from the rearing ball directed at head and chest, would deflect it to the close fieldsmen. The thin-lipped Jardine not only played the role of Voldemort, he looked rather like him too. But his theory worked and the English took that series, improbably, by a margin of 4-1. Bodyline nevertheless caused such a stink that Anglo-Australian relations were strained to breaking point. It was later declared illegal. More cricket:The Liebke Ratings: New Zealand vs Australia second TestIt was the Summer of Pete, but you wouldn’t know itAustralia’s awesome pace depth shines throughJackson Bird: Handing out ducks like an attack leaderScorecard: New Zealand vs Australia second Test Yesterday, in the few sessions of play available to it before Australia wrapped up the Trans-Tasman series 2-0, the Kiwis tried much the same thing. The… Read full this story
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