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August 28, 2012



The pace of cricket is changing.

Five day Tests are rare, unless there’s been rain.

Which is sometimes the case in this climate,

And hanging around can be such a pain.


The  20/20  game has brought excitement

And with it a new army platoon,

Who along with the ‘Mexican Wave’ mob,

Keep us entertained in the afternoon.


When Sobers scored six sixes in an over,

It was a ‘one off’ and something quite rare.

And when our Boyks took root at the wicket

The crowd, at times dozed off in despair.


Botham’s era started the revival,

Along with Thommo and Lillee, so fast,

And let’s not forget  the best ‘Windies’ side ever,

When Marshall  and Holding bowled with a blast?


Cricket is no longer an ‘old man’s sport,

Or just for ‘anoraks’ clutching the Wisden Book.

It now attracts a much younger audience

And the odd ‘streaker’,  just can’t be mistook.


W.G. Grace would have turned in his grave

And John Arlott would have been lost for words.

Whilst Brian Johnston would have talked  pigeons,

He much preferred to watch those kind of birds.


But whether it’s a googly or a yorker,

Or a ‘full toss’ caught at silly mid on.

It wouldn’t be summer without cricket

And the ‘Ashes’ Tests are second to none.


This game of cricket will outlive us all,

Each generation has its favourite side.

So lets get behind our current team

And help them restore some pride.









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