The Laws of Cricket includes a preamble entitled, encouragingly enough, ‘The Spirit of Cricket‘. Cricket has traditionally been described as a metaphor for fair play and doing all that is decent and good. When you hear somebody grumble – typically with a wistful shake of the head and a furrowed brow – that, “It’s just not cricket”, they are taken to mean that whatever has provoked their disapproval is somehow unfair or underhanded. An employee, for example, who just discovered that their employer has misappropriated their superannuation contribution could rightly complain that “it’s just not cricket” before running off to consult either their lawyer or their local mob boss. Similarly, “It’s just not cricket” might fall from the lips of a child denied the same privileges enjoyed by their elder siblings, although, in fairness, the child would probably have to be old beyond their years to choose that expression over, say, “I really hate this, y’know”. I’m a lifelong cricket tragic. Even in a Sydney private school where playing cricket was compulsory in summer – and many of my classmates also loved the game – I was identified as the certified cricket nut in my year, so much so that… Read full this story
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