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Comical Cricket!


This is why I think cricket is the funniest game there ever was, is and will be…

McCrory, in The Wonderful World of Cricket 1reckons this is how you’d explain cricket to an American or a Canadian:

‘You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. 

Sometimes, you get men still in and not out. 

When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in.

There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!’

This comical, traditional version explaining what cricket really is, is found on tea towels in most test cricket venues in England – especially Lords (the famous Lord’s ‘Cricket Explained’ tea towel).

Nothing comical about Lord’s Cricket Ground though – it is one of the most stunning sporting venues that you’ll ever come across!

..The Fitness Doc at Lord's Cricket Ground, 2012

Me..at Lord’s Cricket Ground, July 2009

Reference:

  1. McCrory, P. (2007). The wonderful world of cricket. Br.J Sports Med, 41, 467-468.

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