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Stan McCabe plays a cover drive

Shot Stories

Once upon Bodyline

It wasn't all relentless bloodshed in the Brisbane Test of 1933. There was even the occasional cover drive

Christopher Douglas

Douglas Jardine

An irresistible force

Douglas Jardine's desire to win back the Ashes at all costs brought him the urn, and vilification in England and Australia

No. 15


There was outrage over England's tactics in the 1932-33 Ashes, but in the years that followed bouncers shocked no one

Harold Larwood

Speedy Harry

Was Bodyline's chief protagonist the quickest ever? Duncan Hamilton does a good job of convincing us

Rob Steen

Bodyline Autopsy

Look back in equanimity

David Frith's history of cricket's most fractious series is exhaustive in its attention to detail

MCC tour of Australia 1932-33

Tour averages

Full first-class averages from the MCC tour of Australia in 1932-33

ESPNcricinfo staff

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