December 28, 2013

The Ashes

'The man who shot cricket'

Barney Ronay, writing for the Guardian, picks out Stuart Broad's refusal to walk in the first Ashes Test in Trent Bridge after edging to second slip, as one of the most memorable sporting moments of 2013, purely because of the way the incident was blown out of proportion in the immediate aftermath.

Except, we didn't play on. Instead, those 30 seconds of cricket continue to resonate, to insist on their own significance, recast as a source of moral cant, a karmic sporting boomerang, an ubi sunt lament for the (non-existent) death of the (fictional) spirit of cricket and all the rest of it. Cauldrons of hate have been conjured, pigs co-opted and tedious walk-don't-walk jokes repeated in light of recent foot injuries, just as Broad has been roped in for an extended turn as The Man Who Shot Cricket.

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