Hagen Engler
2 minute read
2 Jan 2022
10:12 am

An ode to cricket: Win or lose, it’s our December-defining vibe

Hagen Engler

Cricket, oh cricket! We appreciate you now. Through those covid-y months, with nothing to watch.

Proteas captain Dean Elgar congratulates Kagiso Rabada after taking the wicket of KL Rahul of India during day three of the first Test in Centurion on Tuesday. Picture: Gordon Arons/Gallo Images

Oh cricket, oh cricket, with your meditative ways. You bewitch us, beguile us, on these sweet holidays. You define our Decembers. Make those pleasant endless weeks, that a family remembers. Whether England at Newlands; India – Centurion. Aussies at St Georges. Pakistan, Sri Lanka… even Kingsmead, bru. Ideally the Wanderers, but any test will do! When holidays yawn long and languid before us; from right round the land, our relatives join us. Throats open early. Over lunches and braais, restaurant outings. Ordered eisbeins. Schnitzels, and burgers or crisp chops of pork. A couple of draughts, just a Coke for me....