After only a few months, the Ashes are back! Starting in Brisbane on Thursday, Australia will try to win again in what feels like decades, and there will be many sleep-deprived people in England, dealing with a time difference that means play starts at midnight in the U.K. But we’re not quite there yet, so let’s use this spot to get into the mood and learn all about cricket’s charming oddities.
Earlier this summer, our local cricket club was out recruiting new members. When I approached an older man to ask about the junior team, and whether my five-year-old daughter could join, he seemed happy about my plans and repeatedly assured me that the days when cricket was a boys’ sport were over. He then ruined it by telling me to “bring my husband and have a beer one evening,” but as far as the kid was concerned, it was no problem at all. When I later took her to a training session, that same attitude was echoed by other members of the club. “We’ll make a lady cricketer of her!” were the exact words, I think. Read More Women’s Ashes 2013