TODAY IN HISTORY - JAN 16 - BERT OLDFIELD GETS HIT ON THE TEMPLE FROM A LARWOOD BOUNCER

Image credit: Cricbuzz

Image credit: Cricbuzz

The year was 1933. Adelaide Oval was the home for an Ashes Test where the most famous series of them all, The Bodyline series, reached a level of shock and horror never seen before. The match started on Saturday the 14th of January where English spearhead, Harold Larwood, hit Australian captain Bill Woodfull under the chest that could have been fatal. Already the spectators were visibly outraged and the words “Well bowled, Harold” from the mouth of the English captain, Douglas Jardine only drew scorn and hatred towards the English team. On Monday the 16th, after the fall of Vic Richardson’s wicket, in struts wicketkeeper- Bert Oldfield. Oldfield was playing well and moved briskly onto 41 after smashing the quicks. Then came a moment that is etched in Ashes history. Larwood bowled a short ball that Oldfield tried to pull, only for the ball to catch the bat and hit him directly on the head. Larwood apologized, but Woodfull walked to the pitch from the pavilion and asked his wicketkeeper to come with him as he was in no condition to continue. Larwood and Oldfield however, became best of friends and in 1976 after the passing of Oldfield, Larwood became one of the bearers of the wicketkeeper’s body during the funeral.

Shakti Gounden