Bodyline

The leg theory - fast bowlers aiming at the batsman's body from round the wicket with predominantly leg-side fields - devised by Douglas Jardine on England's 1932-33 Ashes tour to neutralise Don Bradman, sparked one of cricket's biggest controversies and threatened to derail cricketing ties between England and Australia.

The players, the controversy, the fall-out

A dummy's guide to Bodyline

An outline of the major players and main events during the game's most emotive series

A tactic of its time

Why Jardine's leg theory was almost uniquely a product of its age

Continental rift

A look at the east-west divide in cricket, which is borne out of double standards, racism and reverse racism, prejudices, stereotypes, or all of them and more working together

1989

The iron duke

John Arlott shows Douglas Jardine to be something other than the tight-lipped assassin of the Bodyline campaign

The man behind the Bodyline

The real Douglas Jardine

Neil Drysdale talks to the daughter of Douglas Jardine, the man who was the hero or villain, depending on your allegiances, of Bodyline

1933

Bodyline's final fling

One of the last outings of Bodyline came in the unlikliest settings - the Varsity match of 1933 - where Ken Farnes almost bowled Cambridge to a controversial victory

Wisden Asia Cricket 2004

The necessary monster

One of cricket's most demonised figures, Harold Larwood was a force born out of the game's desire for equilibrium

1933

Bodyline's final fling

One of the last outings of Bodyline came in the unlikeliest of settings - the Varsity match of 1933 - when Ken Farnes almost bowled Cambridge to a controversial victory

Bob Wyatt

Bodyline remembered

It was 70 years ago this year that the traditional cricketing rivalry between England and Australia took on a more sinister dimension