It’s a funny old Game… Cricket that is and at the moment the most historical cricket series is taking place between England (Yay!!!) and Australia (Boo!!) We are currently into day four of the First Test and everything is to play for right now as always seems to befits an sporting battle between us English and the Aussies. The Ashes have taken place since 1882 and the title stems from an obituary written in an English newspaper at that time, when for the first time on English soil, and Australian team had beaten us. It wittily stated that English cricket had died and would that its ashes would be burned and sent to Australia in an urn. The media then dubbed the subsequent English cricket tour of Australia as the quest to regain the Ashes… Whilst not the official trophy the ashes urn is perhaps one of the smallest and most unique. It is a replica of a tiny memorial urn which was given to the captain of the England side who toured Australia on that first ever quest and which was presented to him by a group of Melbourne women who said that it contained the burnt remains of cricket. (Reputed to be a cricket Bail, which is the tiny piece of wood which sits upon the stumps.) Anyway enough of the history lesson, let’s get back to the rules, cause especially for all you Americans out there, this is the bit you need to know… Now this is something which many tourists have been known to see printed on a tea towel at various seaside towns amongst all the other touristy tat that people buy, but to us English it is funny…
The Rules of Cricket (and take your time reading them) 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 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!
Ok so do you all understand now…. Good. Any questions….? No…. that’s Good… Maybe I will give another little post explaining some of the strange words used in cricket too, but for now that’s enough information for you to get your head round.
Oh and one last thing, this is probably the only sport in existence that can last a full five days and might not end up with a winner x But yet to those who follow it, Cricket is an exciting and nail biting sport full of twists and turns coupled with bravery, resilience and skill.