WG caught out

The Australian blocker Alec Bannerman toured England in 1884, and his bat always seemed broader than anyone else’s. WG Grace even had the blade tested with an iron gauge during an England XI match at Sheffield Park in Sussex, later associated with the Sheffield Shield. Bannerman’s bat fitted the 4¼ inch width perfectly. When the Australians demanded that Grace undergo the same check, it was the maestro’s bat that was found to be illegal.

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