The wonderful renniekins has a great recent post where she lists some of the books she’s been enjoying. I fell in love with one of the excerpts she posted because, as a baseball fan I’ve always been curious about the game of Cricket – it’s always been a little bit of a mystery to me.
Well, I found my answer in her recent post!
This description of Cricket comes fromIn a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson:
“Imagine a form of baseball in which the pitcher, after each delivery, collects the ball from the catcher and walks slowly with it to center field; and that there, after a minute’s pause to collect himself, he turns and runs full tilt toward the pitcher’s mound before hurling the ball at the ankles of a man who stands before him wearing a riding hat, heavy gloves of the sort used to to handle radio-active isotopes, and a mattress strapped to each leg. Imagine moreover that if this batsman fails to hit the ball in a way that heartens him sufficiently to try to waddle forty feet with mattress’s strapped to his legs, he is under no formal compunction to run; he may stand there all day, and, as a rule, does. If by some miracle he is coaxed into making a misstroke that leads to his being put out, all the fielders throw up their arms in triumph and have a hug. Then tea is called and every one retires happily to a distant pavilion to fortify for the next siege. Now imagine all this going on for so long that by the time the match concludes autumn has crept in and all your library books are overdue. There you have cricket.”
I really want to read this book now! 🙂
Bill Bryson is so funny. I’ve read a few of his books, but I really liked I’m a Stranger Here Myself, about moving back to America after twenty years living in England.
I’ve never read anything of his, but after that quote and your recommendation, I think I’m going to soon!