Mums, sisters, wives, girlfriends…
We all have at least one female in our life that despises cricket and has no idea (and doesn’t intend on learning to either) how it operates.
Here’s are the top 5 questions the ACI team get asked by the woman in their lives…
*Disclaimer: This has been written as some light hearted fun and not intended to offend anyone*
1. WHO’S WINNING? (AFTER 30 MINUTES ON DAY ONE, OF A 5 DAY TEST)
“Ahhh…no-one, it’s none fa 15”
No matter how many times you tell them, they don’t seem to understand that cricket is a game in which no-one is ‘winning’ a lot of the time.
2. YOUR MATCH WAS A DRAW? HOW CAN THERE BE NO WINNER?
“What was the score?”
“They got 350 last week and we were 8/270.”
“So how is that a draw.”
”They didn’t bowl us ou…..ah don’t worry about it…”
Granted, this one can be a bit odd for a non-cricket fan but it adds a great dynamic to longer form cricket (as you know).
It’s even harder to explain after 5 days of sitting on the couch watching England vs Australia.
3. DO YOU HAVE TO GET YOUR WHITES SO DIRTY?
Like you had a choice saving four, taking that screamer, saving yourself from getting run out (or digging your knee into the turf sliding for a ball you really didn’t have to).
She seems to think cricket’s a sport where you stand on the spot in the sun and sitting under the patio all day (it is sometimes to be fair).
4. GOOD JOB TODAY! ARE YOU HAPPY? (WHEN SHE CAME TO WATCH AND YOU GOT 0/70)
“You were great today! I was really proud.” She say’s while you’re still fuming at the dinner table.
She was either reading her book all day or really can’t understand that no poles and 7 an over isn’t what we’re after.
At least she put in the effort to come and watch I suppose!
5. IF YOU FINISHED AT 4PM WHY ARE YOU HOME AT 7PM?
This one’s just a biological difference between men and woman, she does not and will not understand the need for ‘team bonding’.
Learn it, accept it and figure out ways to limit the impact of ‘team bonding’.
I’m sure everyone’s used “Nah the umps are making us hang around till 3pm” when you got rained off at 10am. ?
Have I missed any?
Author: Nick Fitzpatrick - ACI Co-Founder & Coach