Larwood bat sold for over 5,000 in an auction

Published: Sunday, October 23, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:The bat used by English bowler Harold Larwood during the infamous Bodyline series has raked in more than 5,200 Pounds in an auction here.

Signed by the entire England team, the bat caught the imagination of the entire cricketing world and was bought by an anonymous bidder.

Its always difficult to put a price on a piece of cricketing history. Five thousand two hundred was a good result, auctioneer Roy Murphy was quoted as saying by BBC Sports.

The bat had been given away by Larwood himself, according to the auctioneers Keys in Aylsham, Norfolk.

In June this year, a signed ball from the same series was sold for 10,000 Pounds.

In a bid to combat legendary Aussie batsman Donald Bradman, Larwood aimed the batsmens body rather than stumps helping England to register a controversial 4-1 victory.

In fact, the Bodyline strategy proved so successful that Sir Dons average dipped to around 55 in the series - poor by the legends standard.

However, the Bodyline triggered a diplomatic crisis between the two countries after Aussie Bert Oldfield suffered a fractured skull after being hit by a delivery from Larwood during the third Test of the series.

Larwood did not play another Test after refusing to apologise for using the tactic, directed by captain Douglas Jardine.

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