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    To appreciate cricket I think you need to have played it yourself. I don't think it's the sort of sport you can suddenly just start watching.

    When I was young just about everyone played cricket in the summer term at school but as I understand it this doesn't happen in most schools these days. So by learning at school I was interested enough to go on to play village cricket and understand the game even though I wasn't good enough to play at any reasonable level.
    Not true, I played for a number of years and was good enough to be in the school team, not a great standard I accept but I know the rules but cannot get into watching others play at all. I went to a 20/20 at the Oval a couple of years ago to watch Surrey play Kent as I was told I’d enjoy it as it was a quicker game but it still bored the arse off me and I couldn’t wait for it to finish. This was in a hospitality box on a nice day too so I did all the drinking, socialising and eating too. Spent the best hours of the afternoon talking football
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      Not true, I played for a number of years and was good enough to be in the school team, not a great standard I accept but I know the rules but cannot get into watching others play at all. I went to a 20/20 at the Oval a couple of years ago to watch Surrey play Kent as I was told I’d enjoy it as it was a quicker game but it still bored the arse off me and I couldn’t wait for it to finish. This was in a hospitality box on a nice day too so I did all the drinking, socialising and eating too. Spent the best hours of the afternoon talking football
      You misunderstand me. I didn't mean that just because you played cricket at school you would enjoy watching it now. I played hockey at school but certainly wouldn't bother watching it now, it doesn't do anything for me.

      What I meant was if you hadn't played cricket at some stage it is probably quite difficult to pick it up either on TV or watching it live.
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      What I meant was if you hadn't played cricket at some stage it is probably quite difficult to pick it up either on TV or watching it live.
      One of the more head-mental aspects for me - which seems to get filtered out on the telly/radio somehow - was the inane 'goal music' blared out whenever the ball got belted over the boundary. Which in the early stages of Thursday's game was about every other ball. Make. It. Stop.
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      Baseball (rounders but really complicated & with hours of man throwing ball into other man's glove with nothing happening) I REALLY want to like Baseball actually, but I don't get it.
      Easily my 2nd favourite sport now. As with most things, it just takes a little time and investment to understand what you are watching, and your enjoyment and appreciation of it will flow from there. For me, the first thing to get to grips with was the 'count' between pitcher and batter, and what constitutes a ball, or a strike. Once I had that straight, the rest of it all fell into place and it makes it infinitely more absorbing.

      It still might still not be for you, but that was my starting point, and I love it now. When there's no football on, I quite often have it on down our local. Some of the barflys took a mild interest and started asking me about the rules, once I explained a few things they actually got quite into it as well. Now I'm not the only one who asks for a bit of BT or ESPN if theres a game on.
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      Draws are pretty rare in modern test cricket. Some want to make tests 4 days.
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      One of the more head-mental aspects for me - which seems to get filtered out on the telly/radio somehow - was the inane 'goal music' blared out whenever the ball got belted over the boundary. Which in the early stages of Thursday's game was about every other ball. Make. It. Stop.
      I couldn't agree more!
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      Easily my 2nd favourite sport now. As with most things, it just takes a little time and investment to understand what you are watching, and your enjoyment and appreciation of it will flow from there. For me, the first thing to get to grips with was the 'count' between pitcher and batter, and what constitutes a ball, or a strike. Once I had that straight, the rest of it all fell into place and it makes it infinitely more absorbing.

      It still might still not be for you, but that was my starting point, and I love it now. When there's no football on, I quite often have it on down our local. Some of the barflys took a mild interest and started asking me about the rules, once I explained a few things they actually got quite into it as well. Now I'm not the only one who asks for a bit of BT or ESPN if theres a game on.
      One of the reasons so many people don’t like rugby Union is because they don’t understand the rules too. My favourite International sport, yes even over football.
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      One of the more head-mental aspects for me - which seems to get filtered out on the telly/radio somehow - was the inane 'goal music' blared out whenever the ball got belted over the boundary. Which in the early stages of Thursday's game was about every other ball. Make. It. Stop.
      Completely agree but sadly when you look around there are loads of fans smiling and joining in as if it’s the first time it’s ever happened - bit like those craps football songs about libraries, local teams and being by far the greatest team the world has ever seen
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      I don't know why they don't start every game at 99-ALL and just play for 5 minutes.
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      It's interesting reading about how people react to different sports. Personally, I'm an Albion fan rather than a football fan - rugby and cricket are way ahead of football when it comes to watching sport. I could easily spend all day watching cricket or rugby, I couldn't possibly imagine watching three football matches in a row like I have done with rugby.

      It's certainly true that you need to know the rules properly, rugby is particularly hard to fathom if you're a casual spectator. I've never got into American football as it's clearly a game where you need to know exactly what's going on and I've never really been bothered (although there are sports where I do know the laws, like basketball, that also bore me rigid).

      I agree about the music in cricket though - it's the equivalent of goal music in football, please make it stop.
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