If you want to know England, then you must know the rules of cricket. The game of Kings and gentleman. Seems confusing at first but you must master it. Players are dressed in white- do not mistake them for Doctors or butchers. The game is so long that when they break for tea (or half time) they do just that. They sit down with tea and cucumber sandwiches and eat as politely as a Viscount (British nobleman ranking above a Baron and below an Earl).
First played in the 16th century, this was the game of Kings. With the expansion of the British empire-this led to the game being played in former colonies now commonwealth nations. Basically, there is no one who does NOT play this game. 2 teams of 11 players play on a rectangular 22 yard long pitch. Each team takes its turn to bat, attempting to score runs while the other fields. Each turn is known as an inning. The bowler delivers the ball with his bat away from the other fielders so he can run to the other end of the pitch known as a ‘run’. Still confused? Don’t worry, this game takes about 6-8 hours to play. You will figure it out by the 4th hour. Trust me.
The super bowl of cricket is played between Australia and England and called: The Ashes. This happens every 4 years and either played in the UK or Australia. Hope you have cleared your schedule because this game takes about 4 days. Yep.
Tall and athletic, these boys know how to throw it down, I mean bowl. Something about their uniform of all white makes the game seem crisp, fresh and so English. This game is not for the faint hearted but rather insomniacs. This game goes on forever and rivals counting sheep. But nonetheless, it is sport based on quiet strength and stamina.
One last thing, if you do something in life or British society that is clearly a ‘no no’. You say, ‘that’s just not cricket’. Am learning to love this game. You will too. Yawn…