One of the bugbears of all Almanack editors is that deadlines mean that anything happening in the early part of the year of publication can only be briefly reported. As Bodyline erupted, the editor coiuld only write (after the third Test) that England were ahead in the series. "The public in Australia appear to be getting very excited about the fast bowling of some of the Englishmen," he wrote, "and what is variously known as the leg theory, shock tactics and body-line methods." As befits an English publication, for the third year running dreadful weather dominated the editor's mind as he bemoaned the endless "delays, interruptions and abandonments" which left many counties struggling for survival. Some experimented with early and late starts to appeal to the public, but the public made their feelings known by leaving at the usual finishing time of six o'clock: "The average London spectator had obviously made up his mind to spend the evening elsewhere than Lord's or The Oval."
Editor C Stewart Caine
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