From: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
I don't know that much about the game except what I have seen on tele and film - the Brits liked it ... maybe because they were exposed to it in India.
Seeing as the main part of the action is center field, and the game can last for days (except the variant I am now reading about - 1 Day cricket).
Is the ball similar in size to a lacrosse ball, and a base ball, easily fitting in the palm of a regular adult sized hand?
The batsman wants to protect his wickets supporting the i-beam (I have not looked up the name of the horizontal piece); while also, as a secondary measure, score some points.
The winners, I would expect, to be the most disciplined at patient and have the best quick risk assessment abilities. This is not the exciting kind of entertainment one can sell tickets on and is probably the reason why it was not marketed in the united states. But if it teaches folks to hold on to what they have, practice patience, and hone opportunity without loss, maybe we should all pay more attention!
The sport is very old and was invented in England, from where it spread to the British Empire. In the 19th Century it was quite popular in the USA but for a variety of reasons, baseball took over. Organised cricket requires proper grounds, was associated with the upper class and it didn't help that..."in 1909 when the ICC was originally organized as the Imperial Cricket Conference it was open only to Commonwealth nations and thereby excluded the US from participating in the sport at the highest level". Nice one England
Traditional (test) cricket can go for five days and is the game purists like me like the best. Think of your favourite sport played five days in a row with the results totalled. One day cricket was invented in the 60s and it's excellent too. T20 is a more recent thing and games go for about three hours.
The ball is about the size of a baseball and weighs five and a quarter ounces (149g).
It's a very subtle game. The shorter forms have plenty of attacking and exciting play built in, which is much of their appeal to many people, but test cricket often throws up tactical situations where extremely attacking play is required. As a wargamer, you'd appreciate the test (hence the name) of tactics, strategy, psychology and endurance. You have to be tough to play cricket. You play for six hours a day, often in brutal heat and the ball can easily break bones.
Here's an explanation video, which describes how the sport went from an English gentlemen's game to a big money global sport.
And for something different, two English players trying baseball.
Edit: Many Australian cricketers used to play baseball in the Winter to keep their hitting and fielding skills up but it's a 12 month sport these days and they no longer have time. They guys who did think that's a pity because they said baseball kept them very sharp.
< Message edited by Neilster -- 9/7/2021 5:44:30 AM >