Sounds of test cricket ush­ers golden weather

Weekend Herald - - Viewpoints -

How good it is to have test cricket on the ra­dio so early in the sum­mer. The se­ries that started be­tween the Black Caps and the West Indies at the Basin Re­serve yes­ter­day was ex­actly the way sum­mer should start.

For too long New Zealand’s test cricket has been con­signed to the edges of the sea­son, with lim­ited over games tak­ing the lime­light. Fre­quently it was not un­til March that play­ers donned their whites and went out to play a match sched­uled for five days. There is noth­ing as ab­sorb­ing as tra­di­tional cricket for those who love the game.

And there is noth­ing quite like the sound of its ra­dio com­men­tary to pro­vide the sound­track of sum­mer. Wher­ever cricket fans hap­pen to be this week­end — in their gar­dens, driv­ing to the shops, paint­ing a house, read­ing in the sun — they will be tuned in to the com­men­tary and the sounds of scat­tered spec­ta­tors and oc­ca­sional crack of bat on ball in the back­ground.

Then tonight, hope­fully, the at­ten­tion of all sports fans will turn to Bris­bane for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup fi­nal, where the Kiwi Ferns will be fac­ing Aus­tralia’s Jil­ly­roos in their fifth suc­ces­sive fi­nal.

Hav­ing beaten Eng­land’s Li­onesses to the tune of 52- 4 last week­end the Ferns must be run­ning hot. But it must be tough to be play­ing a win­ter game in this heat.

The sum­mer has started with golden weather in New Zealand these last two weeks. To have a home cricket test se­ries start­ing al­ready is a bonus. It should hap­pen this time ev­ery year.

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