1933 Australia v. England: Bodyline Bowling – It’s a menace to the game

FRANK MORRIS

STAN McCABE PUT A MARK ON HIS GLORIOUS INNINGS BY PLAYING A BALL OFF LARWOOD, ENGLAND’S MOST CONTROVERSIAL BODYLINE BOWLER.

ENGLISHMAN JARDINE INTRODUCED SOME OF THE FIERCEST TACTICS THAT HE KNEW THE LAWS OF CRICKET WOULD ALLOW!

English cricketers left nothing to chance when they came to Australia in 1932.

The blue-collar cricketers set out to recover the Ashes after suffering a humiliating defeat in the 1930 Test series in England.

Nothing but nothing was going to stand in their way – not even the magic bat of Don Bradman.

Bradman’s tremendous success during the 1930 tour had convinced the English selectors that new leadership was needed if the Ashes were to be brought back to England.

When the third test got under way in Adelaide in January, 1933, spectators didn’t realise that they were about to witness one of the most controversial sporting events of the century.

Spearheaded by Douglas Jardine, the English introduced some of the fiercest tactics the laws of cricket would allow.
Their main strategy was the infamous ‘bodyline’ bowling – a constant delivery of short-pitched fast balls which aimed at the batman’s head and shoulders.

“The batsman was like a bear in a cage being pelted with stones by naughty children,” writes historian Nic Van Oudtshoorn.

The tactics were not only frightening and difficult for the batsmen, but caused injury.  To play the ball meant the risk of being caught.  Not to play it meant the greater risk of being hit.

The Australian Captain, Bill Woodfull, was felled by a fast ball near the heart.  Bert Oldfield had his skull fractured.

Jardine’s terror tactics erupted in a public outcry.  There was fighting and riots, and Australian dockworkers boycotted British ships.

“Bodyline bowling is a menace to the game…and unsportsmanlike,” protested Australian cricket official, Mr W.Jeanes.

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IN THE NEWS …
IN THE UNITED STATES, RUSSI TAYLOR, THE WOMAN WHO VOICED MINNIE MOUSE FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES, HAS DIED AT 75. THE CAUSE OF HER DEATH IS NOT YET KNOWN. MISS TAYLOR MARRIED THE MAN WHO SUPPLIED THE VOICE FOR MICKEY MOUSE, WAYNE ALLWINE FROM 1991. HE DIED IN 2009.
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Below: This is not cricket, its war, says Larwood.

Grimmett: There’s hope for the English team now the bodyline is dead, said Neville Cardus

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

CAPTAIN DOUGLAS JARDINE IS OUT AND THE BODYLINE EVENT IS OVER!

“Jardine’s retirement is a great loss,” says Neville Cardus. “Australians know my attitude on bodyline – I do not regret one word I have written or said on that subject.

“I oppose bodyline for two reasons.

“Firstly, because it will not go down with the public, who do not want to watch an attack directed at the batsman’s body.  Australian crowds are not singular in this respect – the Oval, Old Trafford, and other crowds similarly would resent bodyline.

“Secondly, is that bodyline spoils the beauty of cricket as a spectacle; it is an ugly form of attack.  Some pessimists said that bodyline will kill cricket, but cricket, real cricket, has killed bodyline.

“Nevertheless, this does not affect my admiration for Jardine’s cricketing qualities.  He was a great skipper before bodyline was known, and he will remain a great skipper when bodyline has been forgotten.

“It is tragic that a captain of Maclaren’s and Jackson’s class should drop out, for Jardine is a captain worthy of the Australians.

“I disagreed with his tactics, but if his retirement was due to those tactics then it merely adds another damning line in bodyline’s epitaph.

“I believe Wyatt will succeed Jardine as captain.  Valentine is still too young, but Wyatt is Woodfull’s English counterpart.  Perhaps both lack genius and inspiration, but they know cricket on and off the field.

“Woodfull’s personality and character have done much to dissolve bitterness, and I believe that the fact that he opposed bodyline greatly influenced the MCC attitude towards it,” said Cardus.

Apart from the obvious choices amongst the players who visited Australia and India, Mr Cardus believes that J. Iddon (Lancashire) may force his way into the Tests.

Cardus declared that the more he studies the Australian team the more he respects its ability.

AUSTRALIA V. ENGLAND FOR THE ASHES, 2O19. WE WISH ALL THE AUSTRALIAN PLAYERS THE VERY BEST IN THEIR CURRENT BID FOR VICTORY.

Below: Harold Larwood describes himself as “the hangman”.


GREAT KIWI FIRST: America Cup’s – NZ wins classic with “flawless” sailing!

FRANK MORRIS

THIS WAS A DRUBBING.

BY 1995, NEW ZEALAND HAD WORKED THEIR MAGIC.

For 132 years the Americans have proved their invincibility by whipping challenger after challenger to keep one of the world’s oldest and best known international trophies, the America’s Cup.

It seemed that the baroque silver ‘mug’ was to be permanently encased at the New York Yacht club.

Writing in a major publication on the Cup’s history, Sir James Hardy, who helmed two Australian challengers, said “One might have felt that the America’s Cup looked unattainable such was the consistency and thoroughness of the Americans.

After several campaigns beginning in 1967, the Australians struck it lucky. In 1983, Australia II had a four to three victory over Liberty.

The Americans weren’t invincible, after all. Challengers came from near and far. The New Zealanders worked their magic for the first time in 1995, by impressively snatching the Cup in Black Magic I from Dennis Connor’s Young America, 5-0, at San Diego.

The Kiwi victory was described as “a team effort from stern to stern”.

In 1999, the world’s best sailors descended on Auckland Harbour to decide who will challenge Team New Zealand for the 2000 America’s Cup. In the end, Italy’s Prada team proved no match for the Kiwis. The Italian challenger, Luna Rossa, was thrashed by New Zealand 5-0.

Writes Time magazine of the victory: “There were echoes of 1995…the same winning margin and with the same crushing flair”. With their flawless sailing, Team New Zealand made history too.

That win made New Zealand the smallest country ever to compete in the Cup and only the second to take it from the US, Time reported.

Could the Kiwis do the unthinkable again in 2003?

As it turns out, the Kiwis were defeated soundly in the series.
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THE GREAT AUSSIE FIRST …
IN 1955, ROBERT TUDAWALI, OF JEDDA FAME, BECAME THE FIRST ABORIGINAL FILM STAR. JEDDA LEAVES HER NICE SAFE EXISTENCE … WHEN KIDNAPPED BY AN OLDER STRANGER. “TADAWALI’S STUNNING PERSONALITY ADDS TO THE FILM ABOUT LIVING FULLY AND TAKING THE CONSEQUENCES”. – FM.
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HOME-CARE A-Z: A case of depression – it slowly gets on top of you!

“LOUISE”    

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

I UNDERSTAND THE SAYING: I WAKE AND FELL INTO DARKNESS.

THIS STORY IS TAKEN FROM HER OWN EXPERIECE WITH DEPRESSION.

Here I am, in my early fifties, living on my own. Never before have I been afraid.

I was aware, at this stage, that my sleep was being interrupted, and it worried me. It was beginning to breakup into short, sleeping modules.

I wake up at 1.30 am; then 3.30 am; And then 5.30am. And the darkness. It was a black cloud pervading my being.

Thing worsen. For a time the darkness lifts by noon, and I can forget those terrible early hours without sleep. I dread going to sleep, to face that wakeful night. Now I understand the saying: “I wake and fell into darkness”.

I visit two different doctors … and I act with preconceived … indignation and horror … at the thought of taking hormones and antidepressants.

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THE GREAT FIRST …
IN 1917, THE SURF WAS AUSTRALIA’S “WORLD FIRST SURFING” MAGAZINE. AFTER 20 ISSUES, IT FOLDED IN 1918. THE GREAT WAR WAS TO BLAME. THE SURF WAS POSSIBLY ONE OF THE FIRST IN THE WORLD TO FOCUS PRIMARILY ON SURF-RIDING AND BEACH ACTIVITIES. – FM.
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Surely, I need to assert – yes -- my will power. And –yes -- my positive thinking!

My decision is to try hormones. But their effect is negative. I become more and more depressed. Each day – darkness. And something new appears: anxiety. I have nothing to worry about specifically, and yet I feel anxious all the time.

Soon, my stomach starts to be painful; burning after every meal. I have not slept through the night for a couple of months. Another trip to the doctor and then to a specialist, but this time they reveal incipient ulcers.

Then follows three months of the elimination of foods. Nothing seems to help. Every day is ridden with pain. Soon I am having almost no variety of foods. My anxiety level increases. I experience some horrible thoughts that cross my mind. Even the house haunted me.

When I looked back over the months, the matter is well and truly out of hand. I feel I am getting worse. But, stubbornly, I still refuse to consider taking medication. My nights are a horror of sleeplessness. People are kind in offering me advice on what to do.

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THE GREAT AUSSIE FIRST …
IN 1934 ACTRESS, JOURNALIST AND NOVELIST MARY MARLOWE, WHO HAD HER OWN SESSION ON RADIO, WAS THE FIRST TO INTRODUCE “INFORMAL” INTERVIEWS ON THE MEDIUM. – FM.
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Now, I go to a psychiatrist. My resistance to antidepressants remains firm. My depression has lifted a little during the early stages of my appointments. The need for antidepressants seems small.

Then, a lot has started to happen. I would wring my hands in agitation. I cannot make a simple decision. I cannot concentrate. Afraid of doing anything, even getting on a bus. Being alone causes complete panic.

I finally decided to try antidepressants, but it takes time to find the right level. There was a lot of grief in the early periods.

Now, my brain is starting to function correctly. My stomach pains lessen; and I can eat a variety of foods again. I have hope that I will be well again.

Depression, I am told, is a chemical imbalance in the brain. For months, I resisted this view. But slowly change occurs. My anxiety lessens.

The psychiatrist, who showed such patience and understanding and compassion, taught me to have tender regard for all with mental health problems.

The experience of depression has brought me a deeper understanding for anxiety, depression and mental illness.
SOURCE: Adapted from the International Mental Health, America.

Below: My condition taught me how to value good health.

COMING: Home Care, A-Z – Australians are sleeping less than they used to; how much sleep do we really need?

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SURFER PEARL TURTON, FANTASTIC VOYAGE, HEADLINE HUNTER JOHN FROST, ROAD CCCCRASH, CHANGING MEN, HISTORIC HOTELS AND VICTORIA AFTER THE GOLD BOOM.
NEXY WEEK: Come on! Taste some of Australia’s dried fruits!

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 02 August 19

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