A medium pace bowler about to deliver a ball.
Close up of the same bloke!!!!!!
A batter getting ready to face a ball
Players warming up before a game.
THE GAME OF CRICKET
My father loved sport. He is approaching his 90th birthday in November, but in the 1930's and 1940's he was an athletic powerful little dynamo. He was a very good footballer, a nippy forward who could score goals in the twinkling of an eye, and tackle hard. He was as unforgiving as a lump of oak. He also played cricket. Cricket was his first love unlike the children of today who have to support a premiership football team. Cricket is often a second best sport now. A long way second.
My father was in the RAF, an armourer, during the Second World War. He was based at an airfield near Oxford during The Battle of Britain. As soon as that was won his unit was shipped out to Burma and he spent the following three years stationed at an airfield carved out of the Burmese Jungle. In the lull between action they often played football and cricket in intense heat.
I was born in 1952 and my father was keen for me to get interested in cricket too. For my fifth birthday he bought me a book from the, Play The Game Series," called "CRICKET- HOW TO PLAY." I loved that book. My father often took me into the garden and taught me cricketing skills, batting, bowling and catching but I read that book avidly and followed it too the last, comma and full stop.
I have been looking back at it recently. It is a very moral book. Although it is about cricket and the skills of cricket, it promotes a very moral attitutde to the game which could easily be applied to every other sport and indeed life itself. In "Cricket_How To play, in effect it is teaching you how to live your life. It's very much about how to win with total dedication and fairness.
Morality and sport today are not good bedfellows unfortunately.