July 6th, 2011
Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara remembers being in the Sri Lankan team bus when it came under fire during the team's 2009 tour of Pakistan:
Tharanga Paranvithana, on his debut tour, is [...] next to me. He stands up, bullets flying all around him, shouting "I have been hit" as he holds his blood-soaked chest. He collapsed onto his seat, apparently unconscious.
I see him and I think: "Oh my God, you were out first ball, run out the next innings and now you have been shot. What a terrible first tour."
October 25th, 2010
From the New Statesman's interview with Bill Bryson:
NS: Baseball or cricket?
BB: Baseball. I understand cricket – what's going on, the scoring – but I can't understand why.
August 8th, 2010
Sholto Byrnes found a lovely story about an American's first encounter with the game of cricket in pre-Second World War Borneo:
A peppy American journalist married to Harry, [... Agnes] Keith was, along with her husband, part of a European expat community that numbered only 75. Her book is a treasure of humorous description; and I hope readers share my delight in this passage.
The married men were to play the bachelors of Sandakan in a cricket match. As I had never before seen cricket, or my husband playing it, I thought I should attend.
I went down to the padang [field] at ten o'clock with my best hat on, as I knew the women would be there too, and we all sat under a canopy with cold drinks and waited for the game to begin. At least I thought we were waiting for the game to begin. The men were on the field in smart white flannels, moving about in such a leisurely manner and with such gentlemanly courtesy and good feeling, and such apparent desire for the opponent to make the best shots, and such well-modulated remarks of "Well bowled, sir", that I, accustomed to American football, thought they must still be practising. [...]
You can probably guess the punch line, but the passage is worth reading in full, even so. Cricket is such a strange, wonderful sport.
August 1st, 2009
Comment of the day (yesterday, that is), from the Crooked Timber thread about the Third Test:
Sy 07.31.09 at 12:07 pm
Not only is this batting very un-Australian, but collapsing from 130-1 to 203-8 in one session is positively English. We should get a win and royalties.
July 16th, 2009
Stephen Fry gave a speech at Lord's the other day:
Thank you ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much indeed. It is an honour to stand before so many cricketing heroes from England and from Australia and at this, my favourite time of year. The time when that magical summer sound comes to our ears and gladdens our old hearts, the welcome sound of leather on Graham Swann.
I have been asked to say a few words – well more than a few. "You've twenty minutes to fill," I was firmly told by the organisers. 20 minutes. Not sure how I'll use all that time up. Perhaps in about ten minutes or so Andrew Strauss would be kind enough to send on a a physio, that should kill a bit of time. [...]
March 28th, 2009
You truly do learn something new every day on the internet. From a discussion about company names:
In Australia, now,
6203. For paragraph 147(1)(c) or 601DC(1)(c) of the Corporations Act 2001, a name is unacceptable for registration if the name:
(e) in the context in which it is proposed to be used, suggests a connection with:
(i) a member of the Royal Family; or
(ii) the receipt of Royal patronage; or
(iii) an ex-servicemen's organisation; or
(iv) Sir Donald Bradman.
November 7th, 2008
Not a sight you see every day:
New Delhi, India, October 31: Australia and India players seek refuge from a swarm of bees that attacked during day three of the third Test between the two countries