Douglas Jardine is surely the greatest villain in  cricket’s  age old  battle for The Ashes between Australia and England.

Tensions were high after the first test in Sydney early in December, but with Christmas coming the cartoonist Alex Gurney had some fun;


Before the second test, to be held in Melbourne, the English team took a trip to Tasmania. The object was for them  to  play a couple of games against a State team for the enjoyment of the public. It was also hoped  to raise valuable funds for the  Tasmanian Cricket Association.

The tourists  arrived in Launceston aboard the Bass Strait passenger ferry, SS Nairana.

Jardine is pictured second from left as they disembarked on December 15.

At an informal event the following morning the English cricket captain commented  on growing criticism regarding his bowling tactics;

A more local controversy involving Jardine began on Christmas Day, which was the second day of a match in Hobart. There had been overnight rain, but the umpires inspected the pitch at noon, declared it fit and said that play should begin at Unfortunately, Jardine did not agree. He initially suggested forfeiting the game to the Tasmanians. Then, in what was considered totally against the spirit of the game he went over the umpires’ heads and asked the chairman of the Cricket Association, Colonel Mullen, to intervene. The Colonel refused to do so and later said that the English captain’s behaviour  had been an insult to Tasmanian cricket. 

Forced to play, Jardine’s reaction  was to refuse to use his regular bowlers, claiming they risked injury.

The fastest English bowler was Harold Larwood, but he had not made the trip. However, the crowd  wanted to see the other quicks and loudly protested when Jardine used  himself and batsmen to  bowl over after tedious over. It should be remembered  that this was during the Great Depression and the public not only wanted some entertainment, but value for their money. The Tasmanian captain was so frustrated that he declared when his side were only five wickets down.

Soon, word of the farcical game was reported around the country.


Over in Tasmania, Jardine has not been making himself popular, through his effort to belittle the island batsmen. (Sydney Sun, Dec 30 1932)

Jardine and his men left on the Nairana, for the test in Melbourne, but the Tasmanian Cricket Council was not about to let the matter drop;

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