Cricket is a sport that is defined by principles of ‘fair play’.
However, there are always a few players who get consumed by the prospect of winning and will resort to ‘bending’ certain rules, as long as it means clinching victory from the opponent…
The 1932 English Tourists Hit the Bodyline
Cast your mind back to the year 1932. You’re still a sports fan because, let’s face it, nothing ever changes, but you can’t watch it on television because that doesn’t exist yet. You also can’t listen to it on the internet because, guess what? That doesn’t exist yet either. No – the only way you can find out about your lads fighting the good fight in Australia, is through the newspapers and the radio – and they’re never going to tell you the bad stuff, because it’s the 30s and mainstream media sources are a little biased.
Dennis Lillee ‘kicks’ Miandad
There are certain moments in sporting history that are likely to never be forgotten. Whilst it may be preferable to forget some of the less magnanimous acts that have coloured cricketing history, it’s perhaps a good idea to keep them in mind – just to put any current controversies into perspective. Whereas today’s Test Captains often come under fire for the most minor of offences, it’s important to remember that there was a time when two high profile international players were close to a full-on fight.
The Chappell Brothers Show Their Colours
You can either toss it up to simply being a ‘bad year’ for Australian Cricket or perhaps question the whole generation of players of that era, but the Lillee and Miandad incident was not the first major sportsmanship issue to arise that year. In February of that year, the Captain of the one-day side made a rather questionable decision at the end of a match, one which was, fortunately for him, overshadowed by Lillee and Miandad’s row in November.