Cricket has always had special significance to all sorts of people. Therefore, it is not surprising that the game has been a literary symbol down the ages. In the 18th century, cricket reflected aristocratic boredom and rustic enjoyment. In the 19th century, the rituals and idiosyncracies of "the white-flannelled fools" paid homage to the creed of muscular Christianity. And now, in the late 20th century, the antics of the pyjama-clad practitioners mimic market forces and emphasize an uncertain future. Whether you think cricket is a comedy of manners or a suitable subject for a PhD, there is something here to confirm your prejudice. It has attracted more words in print than any other sport.
Robert Hale Ltd
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