Banter and threats pass and it’s the calibre of a true cricketer that shines through at the end

2013-11-29 00:00

CRICKET purists, and those who played the game when it was just a decent contest between bat and ball, must be reeling in shock at the current state of affairs and what has been going on out in the middle. The current Ashes series in Australia has most people thinking the game has gone to the dogs.

Shock and horror descended on the noble game in 1932 when Douglas Jardine’s English side unleashed Harold Larwood and Bill Voce on the Australians, instructing them to attack the batsmen with a barrage of short-pitched deliveries aimed at the body. The idea was to nullify Don Bradman’s appetite for runs, but he adopted his own ways and means to deal with it and still produced a bagful.

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