Saturday, July 19, 2008

Cricket

England cricketers now indulge in a group hug when taking to the field. This is not, well, cricket. Cricket is when the players skulk out locked in their private hells, struggling with their demons, muttering, sometimes weeping, always smouldering with resentment. It makes for a better game.

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  1. Indeed, this is of little comfort to a player with ambition, and football is in similar decline...

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  2. Bring back Geoff Boycott. He knew how to smoulder with resentment and usually at his teammates.

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  3. Personally I always favoured a slim volume of lyric verse in the back pocket of the white flannels. (In my dreams, that is.)

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  4. The other night, Debbie and I were driving to the Mann Music Center and there, in Fairmount Park, a group of black people was playing cricket. I think it's the first time I've ever seen the game live. I presume the players were from Jamaica or some other former British colony. So come to Philadelphia, Bryan. There's definitely cricket to be seen.

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  5. I'm an American and don't watch Cricket very much but this post reminded me of baseball players walking off the field. It's much better when a pitcher has a great inning and then trots off solemnly.

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  6. As a boy I opened the batting for the school and North Devon.

    The between-innings tea if we were batting second was an early introduction to tormented isolation that stood me in no good stead whatsoever.

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  7. Just wait until Madonna gets around to dating cricket players. By my calculations she'll do baseball until the playoffs, switch to football until the Superbowl, then pick up with cricket during the slow season between Superbowl an spring training.

    There will be plenty of smouldering resentment to go around then.

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  8. Nige, you need to step up to a better class of dreams.

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