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Douglas Jardine: Spartan Cricketer - Christopher Douglas

Methuen, 2002, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Pages very gently age-tanned otherwise a very well presented copy.

First in this edition. [First: Allen & Unwin, 1984] Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “The explosive impact of the 1932-33 MCC tour of Australia sent shockwaves through world cricket with captain Douglas Jardine’s use of intimidating and, some said, unsportsmanlike ‘bodyline’ tactics against Bradman and the all-conquering Australians. Reactions ranged from embarrassment to outrage, and Jardine himself was dogged ever after by his part in the controversy. One of the most successful England captains of all time, he nevertheless became the scapegoat for the bodyline furore, and was ostracised by the English authorities. Contemptuous of his critics, he soon left the Test match arena to pursue relatively unfulfilling careers in business and journalism. He died at an early age in 1958, having never assumed the role of influence within the game for which his abilities so amply equipped him.
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 222
ISBN: 0413772160