1. Ah, cricket! Phil Noble / Reuters 2. It's a gentle sport. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF 3. A game of quiet dignity. Jon Super / AP Richard Heathcote / Getty Images Michael Dodge / Getty Images 4. A sport from a more refined and civilised age Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF 5. With moments of high drama. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF This was the climax to the thrilling 2005 Ashes series - in which the teams left the pitch because it was getting dark, then everybody waited around for about half an hour before the umpires walked onto the empty pitch and announced that England had won by pulling the stumps out of the ground. Then EVERYBODY CHEERED. 6. 7. It's a sport that knows the importance of taking regular breaks for tea. Flickr: 47346831@N00 8. A sport that, when confronted with a bit of rain, is not afraid to say "sod this" and run inside. Mike Hewitt / Getty Images 9. You can do the crossword while watching it. Or indeed, playing it. Flickr: johngarghan / Creative Commons 10. But mostly, it's an excuse to sit in the sun all day drinking beer. Flickr: tim_ellis / Creative Commons 11. And then you can participate in the time-honoured activity of making a giant beer snake out of the empty plastic pint glasses. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Beer Snakes even have a Wikipedia entry. 12. The rules of the game are so easy to understand they can be written on a tea towel. ulsterweavers.com See? Simple. 13. Let's just take another look at Andrew Symonds decking that streaker, shall we? Bradley Kanaris / Getty Images Textbook. 14. Cricket has a strong beard and moustache history that dominates other sports. imgur.com 15. 1980scricketers.tumblr.com 16. Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters Hashim Amla's beard is great. 17. Cricket makes powerful hair statements. Matt Roberts / Getty Images 18. Hamish Blair / Getty Images 19. Hamish Blair / Getty Images 20. auscricket.com.au 21. Cricket is the best because it is not afraid of having really, really, really tiny trophies. Gareth Copley / Getty Images Size ≠ importance. 22. Cricket is the best because of knowledgable expert commentators, whose wise and sober reflections increase everybody's understanding of the sport. View this video on YouTube 23. And cricket is the best because, come on, a billion people in India really can't all be wrong. Lee Warren / Getty Images 24. And, of course, The Doctor plays it. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF i426.photobucket.com Frankly, what more do you want?