Dominated by Don Bradman in previous tests, England had to do something different to overcome Australia and their kingpin batsman if they were to leave Australia with the Urn. England captain Douglas Jardine had a plan, exploit Bradman’s weakness to high balls into his chest. He would place his trust in fast bowler Harold Larwood to deploy his ruthless tactics. Bowling fast, high-pitched aggressive deliveries at the batters leg stump forcing them into either a mistake or a painful hit to the body.
England’s successful, albeit controversial bowling tactics would have been wasted if it wasn't for their successes with the bat. Eddie Paynter, great grandfather of PAYNTR founder David, would play a pivotal role in dragging England over the line, despite a severe bout of tonsillitis. In the fourth test at The Gabba, with England struggling in the 1st innings, he discharged himself from hospital, took a few aspirins, washed down with a glass of champagne and hit 83 not out. In the 2nd innings, Eddie hit the winning runs, helping England retain the Ashes and was subsequently the first person to win a test and Ashes series by hitting a six. The combination of England’s punishing bowling tactics and Eddie’s batting heroics helped England to a crushing 4-1 series victory.
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