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1. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

The beautiful game of cricket has baffled many people. Personally, i think it is a great sport to watch live. You sit in the sunshine for the day, take some beer and champagne and a picnic hamper and spend the day chatting with fellow spectators and every now and then applauding some fine cricket. The only drawback with cricket is that no-one has been able to get as good as the Aussies for a long time.

Would be interesting to hear peoples views generally on the most 'social' sports events that they have been to whilst on their travels.

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

I admit to being an utter sports freak, and there's very few sports i can't easily lose a few hours or weeks) watching live or on Tv. Cricket is fantastic live, although i do admit a preference for one dayers unless there's a group of you.

The only drawback with cricket is that no-one has been able to get as good as the Aussies for a long time.

Think todays play between the Boks and Zimbabwe is another example of a drawback, unfortunately.

Best social sports events - 24hours at Le mans takes some beating, and most normal Grand prixs (Spa tends to have the best craic) or MotoGps (Assen is amazing) are great as well. A major cycling event, especially a mountain finish or a good place on one of the classics can be amazing for the social thing, but its very much a strange concept unless your a big cycling fan. And in places, you may get only 30seconds of sport for a 6+ hour day! Ski Jumping (especially 4 hours) is fantastic, Athletics meets can be good as well - i used to love going to the NIA as a youngster. Alot of sports though, the social is before and after rather than during (unless your in a pub), which whilst great isn't the same as watching a full days cricket, for example.

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

I never used to get what was so interesting about cricket, but I found quickly that that had to do with my not really getting into the game ever. That's until I made it to an Ashes game in the MCG. Beautiful weather, great atmosphere, learned the rules while relaxing in the stands at a great game (the brits actually snatched that one from the ozzies)

Since then, every time I've been to Australia I catch myself using whole days, weekends or even weeks watching games..... a great game. Seeing as there is absolutely no way of getting it on tv here in Norway, it does save me a lot of time I guess :)

On the other side I love NBA basketball which is the total opposite. Lots of breaks, fast paced action, high show factor etc. Recently started getting the games here in Norway at 2.30 am on Friday mornings....

Then of course there's football, american football etc. etc. (and even rugby after my last trip to Stockholm thanks to gelli :) )

I've got also say I like curling... hilarious and captivating in the same way cricket is!

4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I lived in India, and was treated to a feast of live televised cricket, because the game is the national sport. When the Aussies tour India, they are worshipped for being world champions. Even the women and young girls in India love cricket. The Indian cricketers are celebrities, and do a lot of television and newspaper advertising for their sponsors.

5. Posted by Bluenose (Inactive 36 posts) 11y

Cricket is fantastic and as I get older it is harder to say which is my favourite sport between cricket and football. Listening to cricket is almost as good as watching particularly on Radio 4 Test Match Special. The commentators represent all parts of England and then there will be a commentator from the opposing country too.

I think it's amazing to see the travelling support at some European football games. When Manchester Utd won the Champions League in Barcelona the atmosphere on the Rambals must have been something special. What a place to have a party!

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Bluenose

"...I think it's amazing to see the travelling support at some European football games...

Now that definitely aint cricket

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

The Sydney Cricket Ground recently banned the assistance of "beer wenches".

A beer wench is an attractive that a group of blokes hire to go and get them beer whilst watching the cricket match. The wench is normally skimpily dressed, and is pretty much at the beck and call of the guys for the day.

They interviewed some of the wenches on TV, and they were very upset that it had been banned. Apparently they were treated quite well by the blokes, made very good money, and got free food and drink for themselves.

Personally, I think it's a disgrace - banning them that is.

8. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Quoting james

The Sydney Cricket Ground recently banned the assistance of "beer wenches".

A beer wench is an attractive that a group of blokes hire to go and get them beer whilst watching the cricket match. The wench is normally skimpily dressed, and is pretty much at the beck and call of the guys for the day.

They interviewed some of the wenches on TV, and they were very upset that it had been banned. Apparently they were treated quite well by the blokes, made very good money, and got free food and drink for themselves.

Personally, I think it's a disgrace - banning them that is.

Quality post James! Great way to start my monday :)

9. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

As a show of peace between the two countries, India has issued 10,000 visa's for Pakistani travellers to watch the international cricket match being held in India.

10. Posted by Bluenose (Inactive 36 posts) 11y

Yes great post James, look forward to the day when they have beer wenches at Lord's Well maybe not!
Looking forward to the Ashes but not with much confidence I must admit.
Strauss v McGrath should be interesting but if Flintoff's not fit it will be a shame.