Jardine's tour of India (Offlist)

Ulhas Joglekar ulhasj at SPAMbom4.vsnl.net.in
Sun Dec 3 05:50:56 MST 2000


I have made inquiries about Jardine's tour of India in 1933-34.
Jardine didn't use bodyline tactics on his India tour. Larwood was not part
of English squad. English pace attack consisted of Voce, Bowes and Clarke. I
don't think there was any riot on the cricket field on that tour.



----- Original Message -----
From: Gary Maclennan <g.maclennan at qut.edu.au>
To: <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 22, 2000 12:07 PM
Subject: Jardine's tour of India

> I noticed on the list demographics that there is a subscriber from
> India.  I wonder if they know anything about a very interesting moment in
> the politics of sport.  The English cricket team of 1932-3 is notorious
> its aggressive bowling in the test series against Australia.  I won't go
> into the technical stuff but basically the English fast bowlers bowled at
> the batsmen's head and heart and  set the field so that the batter could
> neither fend off the ball or hit it safely.  As a result the English won
> and Australia' great batsman and public hero, Sir Donald Bradman was
> This all took place at the height of the Depression when because England
> demanded repayment on loans the Australian economy collapsed. So as is the
> way of things here in the absence of a revolutionary struggle politics
> flowed into sport.  There were near riots they say after one of the Test
> matches. However Australia being Australia in the end they took the
> punishment that the Brits meted out to them.
> I lecture on this each year to my Australian students and make the point
> that if the Australians had genuinely rioted then Jardine the English
> captain would have had to employ alternative tactics.  As proof of this I
> cite the instance of Jardine's subsequent tour to India.  There he tried
> the body line tactic again and in response the crowd charged the
> pitch.  end of tour of course and equally interestingly - the end of body
> line.  The tactic was outlawed by the cricket authorities.  So as I say
> contrast is between the response of the moderate who continues to take the
> punishment that the master class dishes out and the rebels who actually
> make the master back off.
> I enjoy this part of my lecture enormously, but I have to confess that the
> audience are less enthusiastic.  But why should they be happy?
> I would be grateful if the Indian subscriber could give me a reference for
> more detail on Jardine in India or even comment.
> regards
> Gary

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