Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game

Yeah. We all love the Spirit of the Game.

I’ve considered jumping into the blogging game for ages now, but a combination of laziness, lack of time and post-Ashes depression have so far conspired to prevent me starting. Plus there’s the fact I’ve never written a blog before, I’m 99.94% certain no one will ever read it, and I just started a PhD. So, let’s just see how this goes.

I’m not sure what kind of blogger I am. If I had to describe my sense of humour I would probably say crass, obnoxious and expletive-ridden. I like giving humourous nicknames to cricketers and hacking cricketer’s email accounts. I have a secret, shameful love of the Saffers. I really love incriminating photos of cricketers, or failing that, doctoring photos to make them incriminating. I’m also a recently retired kiwi right-arm medium fast bowler. I really don’t think I have anything new to add.

Anyway. Now that I’ve established all that, me. Yes, it is richie as in Richie ‘the great man’ Benaud. When I was younger, I drove my family nuts every summer with my incredible cricket knowledge. They were so jealous. The standard response became “Thanks for that rich”, and seeing as how my family thought I had a slight tendency towards being a know-it-all, not just with things cricket-related, the response was pretty common. Now, saying I’m a bit of a know-it-all is like saying the Pope is a bit Catholic, so the nickname just stuck. I’m Australian. I’m a girl. 25. Scientist, doing a PhD. My cricket career is limited to receiving a Shane Warne Learn to Spin Ball for Christmas when I was a kid.

Anyway, I want to give my own Preamble on the Spirit of the Game. The first time the phrase impacted on me was after the 2005 Ashes. We’re all familiar with the image of the series.

The birth of the Spirit?

After this, everyone thought England regaining the Ashes was good for cricket, and that the game can be played in a gentlemanly and germane way. Cricket Australia drafted their own formal strategic plan. Sure, people may have liked us a little more. Personally, I don’t think they did. Or do. They still hate us, we’re still Australian.

But more importantly, the Australian players all got together and decided to play nicely. To adhere to the Spirit of the Game. And what was the result of this determination to be loved?

Little Andy had dreamt of this moment all of his life. He just wished he didn't have Monty Panesar to thank for it

So now everybody hates us and we don’t even have the Ashes to console us. So, with 237 days until the battle recommences, I say our priorities shouldn’t be ensuring balance in our bowling attack, buckets of runs from our batting, cunning with our captaincy or finesse with our fielding, but, rather, hardening the fuck up.



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11 responses to “Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game

  1. Esra Star

    I’ll be your first commenter Richie. You had me at crass, obnoxious and expletive-ridden. Let alone reviving Amy’s love of incriminating photos of cricketers (The AB & Paul saga, fuck yes!). Plus, I like knowing I’m not the only one with a secret, shameful love of the Saffers. Bring it on darling!

  2. WooooHooooo!

    Congrats Richie. Welcome to the world of stress, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.

    I won’t tell you how I ended up here but where there’s Esra there’s Stani…we’re like Batman and Robin, like Kylie and Jason, like….you know what I mean. I can, however, tell you how Es got here though; you used the word ‘spirit’. Yep, unfortunately it’s not the ‘spirit’ my dear was hoping for….at least I hope that’s not the spirit you meant? Did you mean the Flintoff/Symonds on a night out type of spirit or the ‘I’ve nicked it so I’m gonna walk’ type of spirit?

    Scientist eh? What type?

  3. YAY!!! Congratulations and welcome!! 🙂

  4. Looks like this one is going to be very interesting…

    Ritchie, you are now padded up for this awesome innings into the blogging world, and we at All Padded Up, will be following you closely…

    I hope you are up for this scrutiny… 😉

    All the best!

  5. Now for the first crass comment. Hope you were only punning when you said they need to harden the fuck up.

  6. Hey, welcome to the blogging world…..

  7. Wow, people. Real people!

    Es, I’m so glad you’re my first, and I’m vaguely glad you brought your husband… Just kidding Stani. All the old gang together again. Bliss. And I’m a molecular virologist with a subspeciality in immunology, so you just be careful…

    Mahek, thanks for the first crass comment. The blog was feeling a little clean. Piss motherfucking wank.

  8. Sid

    Hey Richie, you’re all blogrolled. Have you seen my Ashes countdown … nice to know I’m not the only one out there who can’t wait to get it back.

  9. …but you don’t know what I am do you 🙂

    Is that what you’re doing your Player Hater Degree (PHD) in?

  10. She can cope Sid, I hear she has big shoulders like you.

    Help, Es!!!

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