Test match cricket ultimate battle

A WELL-travelled but non-sporty colleague asked this week why someone would spend six hours watching cricket.

Before Australia’s stunning third-Test comeback, I was probably starting to ponder the same question.

As a long-time cricket fan, I plead guilty to watching cricket for hours at a time and even listening to it in on the radio in the early hours of the morning when Australia tours overseas.

But before Australia breathed life into its current Ashes campaign, it was becoming less appealing watching England’s batsmen dominate.

A horrible feeling loomed as the English side threatened to destroy us before we even made the tradition-rich Boxing Day Test.

With one eye on my computer and another eye on the TV at work in recent weeks, I managed to see most of the key moments in this year’s first and second Ashes Tests.

After Australia’s ordinary first day in Perth, it was hard to feel anything but a sense of dread that the Poms were going to show us up.

Thankfully, Mitchell Johnson, Mike Hussey, Ipswich all-rounder Shane Watson and Ryan Harris produced what Australia has long been feared for – hitting back hard when the chips are down.

From a fragile position, with the Ashes slipping away, we’re suddenly back in a winning position.

The amazing momentum that swung away from us at the Gabba rolled back like a monster wave crashing on to the rocks.

My long-held faith in Australia’s cricketers has been restored on the back of some aggressive Aussie bowling.

I now have the Boxing Day Test to get excited about, especially with my annual holidays starting on Monday.

The Ashes are alive again and there’s plenty of optimism.

That’s why the question about long hours watching cricket was timely.

My spirited colleague laughed when I asked why she would spend similar amounts of time exploring ancient sites in Egypt or strolling around a new country looking for an exciting adventure.

It’s much the same for sports fans. Test match cricket remains the ultimate.

Sure, it can take a long time to complete a match but it can provide moments of sheer delight and an injection of Aussie pride when our national team delivers.

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