Our captain (try not to notice the empty seats...)
I will miss out on the entire cricket season.
Logging onto The Age today, I saw an updated cricket score. I assume they’re playing the First Test in South Africa today [I just looked that one up to be sure]. With all my recent football, basketball and soccer focus, I came to realise this morning that I will not see a single ball bowled of the cricket this summer.
Now, many of you may not think twice about this … ‘Cricket’s so boring, why would you bother??’ And no, it’s probably not there in my 5 favourite sports, but there’s something inherently Australian, summery and intoxicating about the game.
So, without further ado, let’s weigh up the checks and balances and see if missing out is something to be celebrated or lamented.
The worst things about missing an entire summer of cricket
Boxing day – There’s something compelling about the Boxing Day Test. It is the biggest day of cricket for the entire Summer. A packed MCG, thousands of people thrilled not to be amongst the hordes searching out Boxing Day ‘specials’, and a guaranteed big-game feel, regardless of the teams playing. And if Australia is competitive over in South Africa, wait for the buzz come December 26…
You also know that no matter how chaotic or frustrating your Christmas day is, there’s always going to be cricket on the next day. That is, of course, unless it rains, which can happen … Let’s move on.
Michael Clarke – Ok you haters, back off. Read the rest of this entry