What drew you to cricket and why?

What drew you to cricket and why? Was there a particular moment which highlighted the game to you, or which made you see the game in a new light? I was asked this by a friend today, so am replying via the blog…

I first “noticed” it in the 1993 Ashes, watching Paul Reiffel trundle in and bowl deceptively well. Then, the following winter, addiction set in while listening to the West Indies practically kill England in the Caribbean. Seeing brief highlights on the news in the evening; watching Mike Atherton do his utmost to rally his young side; Alec Stewart’s two hundreds; most of all, it was the West Indies and their passion, energy, natural grace and ferver which spoke, to me, more than any other sport. Almost overnight, maidens, point, silly midwicket, overs and everything else made sense.

I’d listened to my Dad curse me and my brother in the car for fighting. Not that he was particularly against us trying to kill eachother, more that it was drowning out TMS’ valiant attempt to relay the score to him, some several hundred miles away in France. And I thought, time and again: “What the hell are you listening to, or trying to listen to?”

Little did I realise that, a few years later, I too would be scaling mountains (ok, raised bits of land, but you try lugging a bloody backpack round Greece in 40c heat) to find reception. It’s these strange things cricket fans do – which include crowding around Dixons or a TV shop in high streets – which almost make me like the game more.

Your turn.

Hiatus explanation revelation exclamation

My blogging hiatus has lasted longer than I expected, and I haven’t been able to reveal why, either. Not that the reason is particularly fascinating to you all, but it’s a massive step and change for me, as I’m now working as an Editorial Assistant at Cricinfo. The whole “getting the job” was quite weird, and all happened very quickly, hence why I just haven’t had the time to blog. It’s bloody awesome – masses and masses to learn and, although it’s early days, it’s certainly going to be a fun ride.

But really, it was this humble blog which got me the job and, because of that, I felt I couldn’t just leave it and not contribute anything. It’s one of those bizarre circumstances that you read about – a blogger gets a job with a leading website, yet it’s actually happened…and to me! I’m still a bit in shock really. If this job isn’t my dream-job, it’s….ah, who am I kidding, it’s definately my dream job!

So that’s what’s been going on. I’ll hopefully be able to blog now and again in the daytime, once I’m better organised – but it’s unlikely I’ll be writing as frequently as before, for obvious reasons. Cricinfo comes first I’m afraid! The stats and hits on this blog are going up and up, and I’m enjoying reading everyone’s comments (and I do read them all). So, keep reading, and hang around, and bear with me…and thanks for reading this desperately dull post. For more dullness you can read my pieces on Ian Bell and a history of Lord’s