Clarke's threats reminiscent of Bodyline

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    This article argues that the tactics employed by Michael Clarke's Australian cricket team during the First Test in Brisbane were similar to those employed by English captain Douglas Jardine during the 1932-33 Bodyline series. As with Jardine's bowlers, Larwood and Voce, Mitchell Johnson bowled at the batsman's body. Though a legitimate tactic, the article questions both the ethics and wisdom of doing this against tailend batsmen. The article concludes that not even Jardine would have targeted lower order batsmen as the Australians did in Brisbane.

    Period27 Nov 2013

    Media contributions


    Media contributions

    • TitleSydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Times, The Age
      Degree of recognitionNational
      Media name/outletFairfax
      Media typePrint
      Duration/Length/Size600 words
      DescriptionThe article, which compared the Australian tactics in the First Test of the 2013-14 Ashes series to those employed by Douglas Jardine during the 1932-33 Bodyline series, was syndicated throughout the Fairfax press, Australia-wide.
      Producer/AuthorDr Tom Heenan
      PersonsThomas Heenan


    • Cricket
    • Bodyline
    • Sport
    • The Ashes