With the turn of the year and the start of England’s Test series in South Africa it’s inevitable that my mind has started turning to cricket and the season ahead. For those familiar with the game, I’m a slow loopy leg-spin bowler of a rather generous nature in the manner of “beware of Greeks bearing gifts”, a pretty average fielder and a stubbornly low-scoring No.11 batsman, playing for my local club’s 4th XI. For those not familiar with the game, that will all be gibberish.
I seem to have quite a few American readers, so for their benefit at least the best introduction I can give is to show you this video, filmed in 1948 but capturing, I think, everything that makes cricket such a charming game. Let me venture to say that, having experienced it myself, to watch a Test match at Lord’s on a sunny day is pretty much as close to Heaven as I imagine one can get this side of the grave.