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Autographed wooden cricket stump from the fourth test cricket match, Australia v England, Brisbane, 1933, in the 'Bodyline' series

2006.0010.0001

Autographed wooden cricket stump from the fourth test cricket match, Australia v England, Brisbane, 1933, in the 'Bodyline' series

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Physical description

Autographed wooden cricket stump, c.1932. It has a brass cap on the top, which has a groove to accommodate a bail, and a band of diagonal ridges around the side. The cap is held on by a pair of tacks on opposite sides. There is a flange above the wooden point at the base. On the side of the stump there are a couple of worn handwritten details near the middle in black ink and a list of very worn signatures near the base.

Statement of significance

The Hampden Love collection consists of a cricket stump from the fourth test of the 1932-33 English Cricket side's tour of Australia, also known as the Bodyline series. Hampden Love, the Australian wicket keeper for the Brisbane Test, souvenired the stump at the completion of the match on 16 February 1933.

Hampden Stanley Bray Love (known as Hammie Love) played only one test in the Bodyline series, that being the fourth test in Brisbane. This is significant in itself as Love was standing in for the injured Bert Oldfield. Oldfield had been assisted from the field with a fractured skull in the third test after being hit on the head by a delivery from English bowler Harold Larwood. This incident was emblematic of the bodyline series where the English side employed the tactic of bowling at the body's of the Australian batsman. The bodyline series is often sited as the most controversial episode in the history of Australian and English test competition. The series has entered into the folk lore of cricket as a moment where values of sportsmanship clashed with the desire to win. It is also an important moment in the history of relations between Australian and Britain with a popular Australian backlash against the tactics of the English team.

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