On 18 January 1933, while the bodyline battle was at its height on the cricket pitch, a small group of Australian Cricket Board delegates present in Adelaide, acting on behalf of the Board, sent this telegram to the MCC Committee in London:

Bodyline bowling assumed such proportions as to menance best interests of game making protection of body by batsmen the main consideration and causing intensely bitter feelings between players as well as injury. In our opinion it is unsportsmanlike and unless stopped at once is likely to upset the friendly relations existing between Australia and England.