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    Modern Bodyline

    In the 30's bodyline bowling was considered disgraceful. But now it's a simple bouncer.Why?

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    I dunno, I would like to see England return to using Bodyline this series
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomm NCCC
    I dunno, I would like to see England return to using Bodyline this series
    I'm pretty sure they don't want to use it against Ponting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andmark
    In the 30's bodyline bowling was considered disgraceful. But now it's a simple bouncer.Why?
    The key point of bodyline was that it was bowled round-the-wicket, into the body, to five or more fielders at short leg/leg slip, so the batsman can often do no more than protect his body and fend the ball aimlessly upwards to a fielder.

    You're now no longer allowed more than two fielders behind square on the leg side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andmark
    In the 30's bodyline bowling was considered disgraceful. But now it's a simple bouncer.Why?
    Because you're confusing bodyline bowling with bowling a bouncer?

    Fielding restrictions would make it pretty hard to bowl bodyline these days.

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    Protection is also another big factor in why it was such a disgrace back then, the protective equipment that batsman wear these days is so much more effective than what they used back then, if they used any at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm
    Protection is also another big factor in why it was such a disgrace back then, the protective equipment that batsman wear these days is so much more effective than what they used back then, if they used any at all.
    They obviously did, but it was pretty basic stuff. This was an era when wicket keepers sometimes put raw steak in their gloves to protect their hands. Someone bowling at Larwood's pace could (no hyperbole) genuinely have put the batsman in mortal danger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomm NCCC
    I dunno, I would like to see England return to using Bodyline this series
    Then they'd get thrashed 5-0 for sure. It woudn't work with fielding restrictions or modern protection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomm NCCC
    I dunno, I would like to see England return to using Bodyline this series
    That's what Harmison was trying to do the first Test, except it was aimed at the slip cordon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomm NCCC
    I dunno, I would like to see England return to using Bodyline this series
    Strauss seems to be returning to days of bodyline with his recent batting.. Who needs five fielders behind square on the leg side?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomm NCCC
    I dunno, I would like to see England return to using Bodyline this series
    Good call, make Ponting jump around a bit I say. Pick 6 Fast Bowlers, and just have a keeper that can bat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire
    Good call, make Ponting jump around a bit I say. Pick 6 Fast Bowlers, and just have a keeper that can bat.
    Considering the only bloke in the squad who can bat is Pietersen...

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    Quote Originally Posted by steds
    Considering the only bloke in the squad who can bat is Pietersen...

    Nah, that's a load of crap. Bell batted well, Cook did too, and Collingwood. Jones played some good shots, and Strauss played crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire
    Nah, that's a load of crap.
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    So is Warne's line of "attack" to Pietersen the new leg-theory?

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