A great depression, worsening Anglo-Australian relations, the declining British Empire and the challenge from an Australia striving to find a national identity are the context which explain bodyline and its repercussions. Bodyline was a watershed in the history of cricket and politics were publicly seen as part of sport. This book offers a radical reappraisal of bodyline which challenges the official interpretations of the events, and places them in a unique social and political context.


chapter |3 pages


chapter 1|25 pages

The bodyline story

chapter 2|19 pages

The empire of cricket

chapter 3|11 pages

A rift in Anglo-Australian relations

chapter 4|26 pages

The English response

chapter 5|25 pages

Political consequences in Australia

chapter 6|24 pages

The aftermath

chapter |10 pages