Why The USA Needs To Give In And Embrace Cricket

I don’t like cricket. I love it. And so should America!

1. The chorus of 10cc’s classic, ‘Dreadlock Holiday’, more or less sums up the feelings of most Americans. They don’t like cricket.

2. That’s probably because they’re under the impression it’s an old-fashioned, eccentric game that takes days to finish

3. OK, well there’s truth in that. But cricket is changing. No longer do cricketers play only in white

4. Though perhaps they should

5. Similarly to baseball, there are three main aspects of cricket. Batting…

7. …and fielding

8. And whilst it may sometimes look easy

9. …like any professional sport it requires an incredible amount of skill…

11. …and complete concentration at all times

12. Because if you take your eye off the ball for just a second…

13. …this happens

15. And that doesn’t just apply to the players

16. One of the greatest things about cricket is the sledging

Sledging is a nice name for giving the opposing players all sorts of abuse in order to put them off. The above back and forth from Glenn McGrath and Eddo Brandes is arguably the most famous example of the sledger becoming the sledgee.

17. Fielding positions have bizarre yet brilliant names. Like…

20. Beyond the actual game, going to a cricket match is a great day out. For starters, check out the fashion

21. Though there are certain strict dress codes in some areas of cricket grounds…

22. …there are signs that these rules are being relaxed

25. There is nothing better than sitting back with a cold beer (or 7) in the sun as you watch the day’s play unfold

26. But if you’re not interested in the game you can just work on your tan

27. Unfortunately this happens all too often. Though it would be less of a problem in the more predictable climate of the US

28. Hardly any countries play it, so even if the US was late to the party, they’d be one of the best teams in no time

Even Canada play!

29. If you’re still not convinced, here’s what England captain Alastair Cook looks like

30. And here he is with two of his friends

31. Now he’s on his own again

33. Lily Allen is a huge cricket fan

34. As is Benedict Cumberbatch

35. The future king loves a game

36. And it even made Harry and Draco put their differences to one side

37. Cricket is also the national sport of Gallifrey

38. And last, but by no means least… there aren’t many sports you can play whilst eating a toasted sandwich

39. So come on, America. Put down your baseball bats. Put on your whites. And come and beat us at something else we invented!

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