I always look forward to summer in Australia not for the sunshine, the weekend barbecues or trips to the beach. Summer to me means the arrival of Cricket Season and I enjoy nothing more than a relaxing day out watching a leisurely game. I love it.
The picture above was taken during a one day game at the WACA which is the International Cricket venue in Perth, Western Australia. I’ve walked on the hallowed turf in bare feet. It is softer and more luxurious than the finest carpet. It was a balmy summer evening and we had good company, a great view and cold drinks. The one below is a suburban game of cricket by a country team visiting Perth for their annual Country Week Tournament. Deep shade, a comfy chair, good company and a good book. The perfect way to spend a day off.
I think that’s one of the main attractions for me – the pace of the game is slow and can verge on boring. Some people liken it to watching paint dry. I don’t mind that at all. Watching cricket lets me give myself permission to sit in a chair for a few hours in the sun and fresh air and not think. After a busy year summer comes in December and cricket slows me down so I relax, take a drink, enjoy the sunshine, wait for play, watch a bit of the game, read the paper, have a walk around the boundary, take another drink, watch a bit of the game, lay on a blanket for a while, cheer for a wicket, read the paper some more, have a doze, watch the seagulls, eat a snack and relax. Ahhhhhh.
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