The brilliance Down Under

Memories of tracking cricket in the Australian summer inevitably have the alarm clock’s shrill ring during nippy December dawns. It was an annual ritual: wake up groggy, gulp your morning brew and catch live action beamed in from Channel Nine.The telecast quality was top-drawer; the commentary was a mix of baritone, gravelly voice, insights and excitement, think Bill Lawry, Richie Benaud, Ian Chappell and Tony Greig; the sea gulls were swell and when a big shot was struck, they rose in chaos and then flew away in symmetry. There was wicked humour too: a batsman departing on zero had a sad duck accompanying him on our television screens.To partially borrow T.S. Eliot’s turn of phrase, nostalgia mixes memory with desire. The reality was a beguiling blend when this writer touched down at Adelaide a fortnight ago. The welcome chorus across immigration counters, the corner store and in cabs, was: “Here for the cricket? Good on you mate!

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