From GILES TURNBULL
The Morning News
Question: Seriously what the fuck is cricket? Please ask one of your British correspondents to lay it out.—G.S.
Answer: In order to have a decent game of cricket, you must first ensure that it isn’t raining.
For a game invented in that global capital of rain, that dominion of drizzle, England, this fact alone should give you a sign that cricket is something special.
The English have thousands of words for precipitation, but only one way of calling off a game of cricket because of wet weather: “Rain stopped play.”
Cricket, like photographic film, or Tara Reid, is light-sensitive. A game can be called off simply because it’s getting a tad gloomy. This, from a cold, rainy, overcast, gloomy nation like England seems incongruous. But cricket was invented for a reason. And that reason was sandwiches…
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