Definition of bodyline in English:


Line breaks: body|line
Pronunciation: /ˈbɒdɪlʌɪn


[mass noun] Cricket , • historical
  • Persistent short-pitched fast bowling on the leg side, threatening the batsman’s body, especially as employed by England in the Ashes series in Australia in 1932-3: [as modifier]: bodyline bowling
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    • The Englishmen were pitching a little short on a middle and leg line to the Australian captain - a form of bodyline without Larwood or the ‘leg theory’ cordon.
    • If bodyline bowling had not been curbed I have no doubt that it would have brought about a cessation of Test cricket and seriously jeopardised the future of the game itself.
    • It is astonishing to me that bodyline bowling has never been labelled for what it was: cheating.

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