Douglas Jardine (1900–1958) was an English cricketer and captain of the
England cricket team from 1931 to 1933–34. A right-handed batsman, he
played 22 Test matches for England, captaining the side in 15 of those
matches, winning nine, losing one and drawing five. Jardine is best
known for captaining the English team during the 1932–33 Ashes tour of
Australia, in which his team employed Bodyline tactics against Donald
Bradman and other opposing Australian batsmen. A controversial figure
among cricketers, Jardine was well known for his dislike of Australian
players and crowds and was unpopular in Australia, particularly for his
manner and especially so after the Bodyline tour. He retired from all
first-class cricket in 1934 following a tour to India. Jardine was a
qualified solicitor but did not work much in law, working in banking
and, later on, journalism. He joined the Territorial Army in the Second
World War, most of which he spent in India. After the war, he worked as
a secretary to a paper manufacturer and returned to journalism. While
on a business trip in 1957, he became ill with what proved to be lung
cancer and died aged 57 in 1958.
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