English People Love Cricket. Every Sunday Morning from May to September. The Games Are Very Long. A Test Match. A Match of Cricket. The Most English of All Sports
Do you know how to play cricket? If you don’t live in England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or the West Indies you won’t learn it at school. English people love cricket. Summer isn’t summer without it. Even if you do not understand the rules, it is attractive to watch the players, dressed in white playing on the beautiful green cricket fields. Every Sunday morning from May to the end of September many Englishmen get up very early, and take a lot of sandwiches with them. It is necessary because the games are very long. Games between two village teams last for only one afternoon. Games between counties last for three days, with 6 hours play on each day. When England plays with one or other cricketing countries such as Australia and New Zealand it is called a test match and lasts for five days. Cricket is played in schools, colleges and universities and in most towns and villages by teams which play weekly games. Test matches with other cricketing countries are held annually.
Cricket is also played by women and girls. The governing body is Women’s Cricket Association, founded in 1926. Women’s cricket clubs have regular weekend games. Test matches and other international matches take place. The women’s World Cup is held every four years.
Cricket is played by two teams of 11 each. One team must bat and the other team must field. When the first team finished batting, the second team must begin.
The batsman must all the time guard his “wicket”, three rather ridiculous pieces of wood which are pushed into the ground. The game is very slow.
In many ways this is the most English of all sports. It is a game for a hot June day with a slight breeze and the feeling that there is no hurry in the world.