Sunday 4 December 2016

Cricket is just the ticket to soothe the nerves

When Sarah Carey wearies of hyperactive radio, she finds the cricket on BBC Radio 4 soothing to the nerves

Published 22/02/2016 | 02:30

Former Australian cricketer Richie Benaud in the Channel 4 commentary box at Lords
Former Australian cricketer Richie Benaud in the Channel 4 commentary box at Lords
Sarah Carey

I'm sure the following could be classed as a form of corporate treachery, but so what? I love listening to cricket on BBC Radio 4. I've never played cricket. I don't understand the rules. The peculiar scoring lingo is a mystery. I take no sides, and, since the matches appear to go on for days, I rarely find out who wins. So there's no suspense, and no emotional investment.

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In fact, I carry a long-term grudge against the mainstreaming of sport, and deeply resent the current culture whereby everyone - even women - is expected to converse knowledgeably on everything from rugby to soccer to golf and horse racing. As if it mattered.

When did sport seep out from Sunday afternoons in September, into a relentless series of important matches and competitions, in a ridiculous variety of codes, that men watch rather than play? Sport! Don't get me started.

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