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- noun Alternative form of
- noun cricket, now historical Bodyline bowling (see adjective, below).
- adjective cricket, now historical Designating a form of
bowling(now against the rules) characterisedby fast, short-pitched balls aimedat the batsman's body or leg stump rather than the wicket.
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Melbourne, Harold Larwood instigated what eventually became known as bodyline when he struck Bill Woodfull, the opener, near the heart during a
Rangers 2 - Cardinals 2@twayward tweets: "Perhaps the "J" in C.J. Wilson stands for "Jardine" after he seemed to bowl bodyline to Albert Pujols in the 4th."
Rangers 2 - Cardinals 2atabetterpace emails: @twayward First, C.J. Wilson bowls bodyline to Albert Pujols.
Reverse-sweeps, maidens, bouncers and bodyline … you name it, Paddy will have been pontificating authoritatively on the subject.
Admittedly, my knowledge of cricket is limited to Jiminy, but even I know that bowling bodyline is the equivalent of baseball's chin music.
Reading Wyatt's book proved revealing, for it suggests that, far from being an innovative idea, the principle of bodyline, although not called that of course, had been around and exploited for at least four years previously, and maybe before that.
The winter after next, however, on his first visit to the Caribbean with England, he broke a foot early on and watched the first Test from the sidelines from where, "I saw my first sight of bodyline".
Wyatt was to be Jardine's vice-captain in Australia, and although he is generally thought of as being opposed to the use of bodyline, it doesn't quite marry with his own account, which says: "I think Jardine was fully justified in using him [Larwood] as he did."
The notorious bodyline cricket tests between Australia and England began in Melbourne.
When Larwood, for instance, practised bodyline bowling in Australia he was not actually breaking any rule: he was merely doing something that was not cricket.