Hardass Cricket: 80 years ago...


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Hardass Cricket: 80 years ago...

Postby Conor Dary » Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:35 am

The infamous Bodyline series:

    As Australian batsman Bert Oldfield collapsed, his skull fractured by a lightning-fast ball, the booing from the 50,000-strong Adelaide Oval crowd became a deafening howl.

    The England players, mouths dry with fear, looked for escape routes - or even potential weapons - in case the mob fell on them.

    Bowler Harold Larwood, the focus of the fury, turned to team-mate Les Ames. "If they come," he said, "you can take the leg stump for protection - I'll take the middle."

    Never before or since that moment, 80 years ago to the day, on 16 January 1933, had cricket - and arguably any other sport - seen a contest which fired such anger, which reached so far and echoed for so long, as the Bodyline tour.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-no ... e-21013615
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