Invoke spirit of Bodyline, says ex-skipper Greig

ANDREW STRAUSS’S bowling attack should look no further than the infamous Bodyline series for a method of unsettling Australia’s batsmen, according to former captain Tony Greig.

Greig, who led England in 58 Tests, believes Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting, in particular, is becoming increasingly vulnerable to the short ball.

And Greig has urged England’s pacemen to recreate the hostility which saw Harold Larwood decimate the Australians in the controversial series of 1932/33.

“If I was playing against Ponting I’d be at his head, at his throat, with two fieldsmen back,” Greig said.

“He’s not quite the puller he used to be. He’s been hit a few times in the head and been out playing the pull shot.

“When you don’t start to hit them or see them as well as you used to there are doubts.”