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Ashes in the Mouth: The Story of the Bodyline Tour of 1932-33 - Ronald Mason

The Hambledon Press, 1982, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper, a little rubbed at the edges. Price Clipped. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.

Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “The Bodyline Tour to Australia in 1932-33 has a strong claim to have been the most dramatic Test series in the History of Cricket. England under the ruthless captaincy of Douglas Jardine and including Herbert Sutcliffe and Wally Hammond in their number, brought one of the greatest of all fast bowlers, Harold Larwood, to try and contain the most prolific batsman the game has ever known, Donald Bradman, by bowling leg theory or Bodyline. The harsh choice facing the Australian players, ringed on the leg side by fielders, was to play the ball and risk being caught or to leave it and risk it bowling or hitting them. The Third Test at Adelaide and the injuries caused there to Woodfull and Oldfield shook the cricketing world and threatened English-Australian relations. Jardine’s plan achieved its aim: Bradman was contained and England won the series — but at a cost that is still debated.

Ronald Mason, whose previous books have won him a high reputation amongst cricket writers and include biographies of Hobbs and Hammond, has used the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the tour to give a judicious and balanced account of what actually happened: why Bodyline was adopted; what it involved in practice; its impact at the time; and whether it can now be justified. This is a thrilling story splendidly told.”


Foreword or introduction by R. E. S. Wyatt. Size: 8½" x 5½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 238 pages.
£11.00