It’s days like these I’m reminded why I gave up playing cricket.
Currently in my neck of the woods, it’s hovering around the 37degree mark. For my Seppo readers (both of you) that’s roughly 100deg F.
I think I was around 21 or 22 years of age when it struck me how many better things there were to do in weather like this ON A FREAKING SATURDAY, no less, than stand around in a slip cordon for a catch only to watch second slip grass a rudimentary chance, or try and sneak a quick single with pads, gloves and a helmet on if we were batting .
For the record: I was an opener or first drop, so yes, I always managed to find myself out in the middle on a scorcher no matter what.
Fair play to those mental enough who love their cricket enough to enjoy these conditions. I’m sure there’s an equal number of you out there who question the validity of chasing a football around in mud in the depths of a Melbourne winter, but when it comes to ways to spend a summer Saturday, you can leave me out of cricket.
#THINGS I’D RATHER BE DOING ON A SUMMER SATURDAY ARVO THAN PLAYING CRICKET
Sit through a Tony Abbott presser
Go to the beach
Work (At least it’s air-conditioned)
Watch a Sex And The City marathon on Foxtel
Watch a replay of the 2010 Grand Final(s)
Sit through a Chris Judd presser
Watch a Sydney Swans match (dealers choice, they’re all shit)
Read ‘The Australian’
Watch an edited *cough* ‘highlights’ package of Today Tonight/ACA/The Project
Watch a Wallabies game
Watch Rugby. Period.
Sit through a Christopher Pyne presser
Get into an argument on Twitter
Read something on Steve Baker Media
Wait for Western Australian Thoroughbred racing to start
Wait for Harness Racing at Leeton to start
Think of maybe watching a Rugby match
Troll people on twitter who define themselves as ‘devout christian’ in their user profile yet handle PR for Casinos…
Watch people play cricket from the comfort of a deck chair under a shady tree with an esky full of cold ones on a Satdee arvo