The Ashes Jan 12, 2011 8:24:11 GMT -4
Post by PeterB on Jan 12, 2011 8:24:11 GMT -4
That seems to be an complicated sport without even going into the rules of play. At least to the casual observer.
I bet that's the case with most sports. There was a game I used to play as a kid which basically involved a group of us throwing a tennis ball against a wall and catching it, but we managed to come up with quite a complicated set of rules. Made perfect sense to us, though.
A little knowledge certainly raises more question than it answers. I could certainly see how it would be a fun game to attend. You make it a whole day event, a completion, a picnic, a chance to chat with friends and enjoy the outdoors.
That's the thing. Firstly, watching a game illustrates so much of the rules that otherwise are dry words on a page. Secondly, going to the cricket is a great social activity - dad takes the kids, groups of young men and women socialising, blokes chucking a sickie, retired folks - and everyone has something different to do between balls, whether it's reading a book, ogling the opposite sex, listening to the commentary on the radio, chucking a beach ball around, or just having a beer.