Until the following summer, when the West Indies began to use the Bodilyline attack against England in England. It was the first time a batsman, Patsy Hendren, had constructed a headlock and played with it. Next summer, the West Indies will use this tactic again against India. Finally, in 1935, the bodyline was introduced with the introduction of a law that allowed umpires to intervene if bowlers were engaged in what was perceived to be intimidating bowling. So, in a sense, the first rule change came after the West Indies started doing it.
Decades later, after the fiery end of the ’70s and ’80s, when the West Indies stunned the world with their remarkably skilled and hostile pace attack, the cricket world was back on track. This time accusations sprinkled in about the number of bounces and the slow pace of the game.
Mark Taylor, arguably Australia’s best Test captain in the last 40 years, mentioned it in passing on Saturday. You can bat for an hour (with bouncers) and only score 15 points. Then the rules were changed, Taylor said in his commentary.
And it was this type of commentary that Holding objected to, saying: At no point in my West Indies career did we play dodgeball for hours like this.
In 1991, the rules were changed to allow only one bouncer per game. Then, in 1994, two bouncers, defined as height above the shoulders, were allowed.
The West Indies have always beenac the black team becomes so dominant, and then you see the bouncer rule come into play and all these things start coming in, and I take that as my understanding of trying to limit the success of the black team, Sammy told Inside Out. I could be wrong, but that’s how I see it. And the system shouldn’t allow that.
Between Bodyline (after the intimidation rules were introduced) and 1994, when it became 2 bouncers, there had to be another crucial change regarding the number of fielders behind the stumps, squared on the leg side.
In 1957, after off-spinners and midfielders began directing the ball to their feet, and a full field on the leg side was interfering with the run, it was deemed too negative, and the rules were changed.
In a 2018 interview with this newspaper, Holding talked about how race affected his and the West Indies’ perception of bowling back then.
Even our bowling. It was like they thought all we had to do was run around and play fast or short bowling or whatever. That’s what annoys me the most. I tell them to look at the minutes: how many lbw, bowled, caught in slips or whatever. It’s like they don’t want to believe our thinking. I’ve never seen a smarter, trickier bowler than Andy or Malcolm. Even his beautiful run-up was subconsciously attributed by many to his race. As for my sprawl, I would attribute it to s