Mr Douglas Robert Jardine, one of the England’s greatest cricket captains and central figure in the “bodyline bowling” controversy of 1932-33, died in Switzerland on Wednesday [June 18]. He was 57.
Jardine retired from first class cricket in 1934 after earning many cricket titles – “the best amateur bat of his day” among them. While he was captain, England lost only one of 15 Tests.
He was admitted to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London last February after catching tick fever when visiting Southern Rhodesia last year.
The name of Jardine was coupled for a quarter-of-a-century with the words “bodyline bowling”. He was captain of the MCC tour in 1932-33 which brought Anglo-Australian cricket relations to a low ebb. He and Harold Larwood evolved between them the fast leg-theory attack, which discomfited the Australians, and the MCC team returned with the “Ashes”.
Among the tributes paid to Jardine yesterday was one by W M Woodfull, Australian captain during that famous series. He said: “Australian sportsmen will mourn the loss of a great cricketer and captain.”