Kippax, Alan. 1897-1972.

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Anti body-line / by Alan Kippax in collaboration with Eric P. Barbour. (Sydney : Sydney & Melbourne Publishing Co., 1933.) (displayed in Wall Case 4)

Kippax was a New South Wales batsman who first played for Australia in 1925, and was a regular in the side from 1928 to 1932. He played his final test match, against England, in 1934. He received a head injury in 1931 and was dropped after the first test against the English tourists in 1932. This was the beginning of the infamous “bodyline” series, during which Jardine, the English captain had instructed his fast bowlers, particularly Harold Larwood, to aim at the batsmen’s bodies in preference to the stumps.

Kippax was one of the radio broadcasters for the BBC during this series, and wrote Anti body-line in condemnation of the English team’s tactics. The bitterly fought series provoked strong resentment from the Australian public towards the English, and there were calls to break off relations between the two countries.

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