Thanks to Mike (see links >) I found this very enjoyable article by a guest writer on the SMH. I particularly agree with the following:
“When the on-field play is compelling, the crowd is as one and a nation will connect, most recently when Steve Waugh reached a century on the final ball of the day at the SCG. Only blue-ribbon moments in the Olympics or the Davis Cup of the 1950s have gripped a nation as Test cricket does every season or so. In 1960-61, a team from the West Indies commanded Australia for a whole season. One unlikely Australian 10th wicket partnership between Lindsay Kline and Ken Mackay became the stuff of fable as it halted followers everywhere.
For those inside the knowledge almost any game of cricket can have that sort of moment”