Bill Voce

Bill Voce

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Bill Voce (8 August 1909 – 6 June 1984) was an English cricketer. He played for the Nottinghamshire and England, and was an instrumental part of England's infamous Bodyline tour of Australia in 1932-1933.

Life and career

William Voce was born in Annesley Woodhouse, near Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.

He came from a working class background in the coal mining districts around Nottingham, and made his first-class debut with Nottinghamshire against Gloucestershire in 1927. A few good performances saw Voce keep his place despite the strength and variety of Nottinghmashire's bowling. At this stage, Voce was a classical left-arm spinner and some critics viewed him as a successor to Colin Blythe. Thus, when he changed to a faster pace the following year there was a good deal of criticism, but, in 1929, Voce returned to his slower style with great success in a number of games on sticky wickets, notably against Northamptonshire when he took fourteen wickets for 43 runs.

He was selected for the English tour of the West Indies and made his Test debut in the first Test at Bridgetown, Barbados, on 11 January 1930. However, the hard wicket encouraged Voce to move to a faster style, and he had so much success that he persisted with the faster method when he returned to England, except on wet pitches. He did not do particularly well as a pace bowler in 1930, but following Australia's tour of England in that summer, when Don Bradman...
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