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oldtimer
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Posted - 19 Aug 2019 :  19:37:18  Show Profile Send oldtimer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Bodyline, also known as fast leg theory bowling, was a cricketing tactic devised by the English cricket team for their 193233 Ashes tour of Australia, specifically to combat the extraordinary batting skill of Australia's Don Bradman. A bodyline delivery was one where the cricket ball was bowled at the body of the batsman, in the hope that when he defended himself with his bat, a resulting deflection could be caught by one of several fielders standing close by.

Critics considered the tactic intimidating and physically threatening, to the point of being unfair in a game that was supposed to uphold gentlemanly traditions.[1] England's use of a tactic perceived by some as overly aggressive or even unfair ultimately threatened diplomatic relations between the two countries before the situation was calmed.

Although no serious injuries arose from any short-pitched deliveries while a leg theory field was actually set, the tactic still led to considerable ill feeling between the two teams, particularly when Australian batsmen suffered actual injuries in separate incidents, which inflamed the watching crowds.

Short-pitched bowling continues to be permitted in cricket, even when aimed at the batsman. However, over time, several of the Laws of Cricket were changed to render the bodyline tactic less effective.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodyline

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Legendary Gerry
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Posted - 19 Aug 2019 :  20:20:35  Show Profile Send Legendary Gerry a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Nothing wrong with it (retired fast bowler).
The short ball is a legitimate tool in any fast bowler's arsenal.
If you're worried about 'gentlemanly traditions' then perhaps they should ban batsmen from hitting 6s.
Someone in the crowd might get injured.
At least today the batsmen have helmets, arm guards and chest/side guards.
All we had was a box and our wits.
The Phil Hughes incident was certainly a tragic set of circumstances but I do wonder what his thoughts would have been.
We'll have Starc and Pattinson for the next test so I'm guessing Archer will be told to tone it down as the Pommie batsmen won't want to be on the wrong end of either of those blokes.
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Posted - 19 Aug 2019 :  20:38:35  Show Profile Send Trickyonne a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
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Originally posted by oldtimer

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Bodyline, also known as fast leg theory bowling, was a cricketing tactic devised by the English cricket team for their 193233 Ashes tour of Australia, specifically to combat the extraordinary batting skill of Australia's Don Bradman. A bodyline delivery was one where the cricket ball was bowled at the body of the batsman, in the hope that when he defended himself with his bat, a resulting deflection could be caught by one of several fielders standing close by.

Critics considered the tactic intimidating and physically threatening, to the point of being unfair in a game that was supposed to uphold gentlemanly traditions.[1] England's use of a tactic perceived by some as overly aggressive or even unfair ultimately threatened diplomatic relations between the two countries before the situation was calmed.

Although no serious injuries arose from any short-pitched deliveries while a leg theory field was actually set, the tactic still led to considerable ill feeling between the two teams, particularly when Australian batsmen suffered actual injuries in separate incidents, which inflamed the watching crowds.

Short-pitched bowling continues to be permitted in cricket, even when aimed at the batsman. However, over time, several of the Laws of Cricket were changed to render the bodyline tactic less effective.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodyline

It is on again.



I think its only a matter of time before another Phil Hughes incident happens again...yes safety is better, but they are bowling quicker too

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