Friday, May 24, 2024



During the controversial Bodyline cricket series between England and Australia in 1932-1933, the English cricket team employed 'bodyline bowling'. This consiisted of the hard cricket ball being bowled close to gthe batsan so that the batsmen was forced into defence rather than scoring runs.

During the series the English captain Douglas Jardine visited the Australian dressing room and complained to the Australian captain, Bill Woodfull, that he had heard an Australian player call him “a bastard”. He demanded an apology. 

Woodfull turned to the players in the dressing room and, pointing to Jardine, said:

“Which of you bastards called this bastard a bastard?”

Jardine said no more, turned and walked away.

Pictured above: Bill Woodfull on the left, Douglas Jardine on the right.

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