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CRICKET FOR DUMMIES

Come on Aussies, Come on.  Well, at least those who are not fully conversant with the game of cricket.  Surely it is incumbent on every Australian to learn the basic rules and strategy when this sport recently sparked a serious diplomatic incident between Australia and India.  The value of trade and business to Australia put at risk is incalculable.

We are talking India here, which had an estimated population of 1,129,866,154, when last officially recorded in July 2007.  The second most populous country on earth after China and potentially a massive trading partner for Australia.  Make no mistake, the Indians take their cricket very, very seriously.  In the great cities of India, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Hydrabad, and throughout the entire country, Indians crave information and news about their cricketers.

So for those who know nothing about cricket some elementary knowledge is essential to get you started.  The pinnacle of the sport of cricket remains the Test series, one of which between Australia and India is currently under way.  This Test series consists of four tests, each of which can last five days and is considered the most testing of all cricket. – okay so far? 

When two sides consisting of eleven players each commence play, for six hours a day, one side will bat and the other field, although the fielders have bowlers. There are ten different ways in which a batsman can be given out and a maximum of ten batsman dismissed per team. 

This description of the game is not going very well.  Perhaps the following explanation put out on a best-selling tea towel in the 1980′s would be more helpful.

“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 been 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.”

Incredibly, this is an accurate portrayal of this sporting game that originated in England  in the16th century.  Oh, by the way, there are currently forty two laws governing the game of cricket  – although these can be added to, subtracted from, or altered at any time by the ruling authorities! 

Perhaps on reflection, trade is not that important, there is only so much one can do for one’s country…..MiSay

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