Saville's Shout

Feb 10, 2014

Saville’s shout: colonial cricket … earning a beer … tasting notes …

England, Australia and England seem to be picking on other cricket-playing companies. Plus how long does it take to earn a beer?

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

New deal not cricket. If you are very good at a sport that is played seriously in only 10 countries, can you honestly claim to be the “best in the world”? Isn’t it a bit like saying Prime Minister Tony Abbott is the fittest man in cabinet? This thought crossed my mind when I read an article last week in The Economist entitled “Playing for Themselves“, about recent changes in the game of cricket.

Cricket is only played in countries that used to be British colonies, and it includes a set of arcane and ridiculous rules that make gridiron look like Snap. There are a grand total of 10 members of the International Cricket Council — England, Australia and India are the big three, with daylight between them and the other countries such as Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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8 thoughts on “Saville’s shout: colonial cricket … earning a beer … tasting notes …

  1. paddy

    What sort of beer do the sell in Puerto Rico?
    (Asking for a friend.)

  2. Margot Saville

    According to, the best brand in Puerto Rico is Old Harbor…pls tell him/her to send us a review..

  3. Kevin_T

    For an individual, I would have thought that being the best at something mostly performed in 10 countries, would be an achievement to be proud of, and yes, if you are the best at the sport, you would be the best in the world.

    Quote: “If only 10 countries play serious cricket, on the law of averages we are bound to win occasionally — so why is it clogging up our television screens for the entire summer?”

    On that criteria, AFL probably should not be televised at all, as it is only seriously played in one country as far as I understand, although it is called a “minority sport” in New Zealand.

  4. Desmond Carroll

    Cricket has been played in The Netherlands for about 150 years.

  5. Matt Hardin

    It only “clogs” one channel out of over a dozen. I admit that free to air TV shows a lot of garbage and there may be nothing else on but I doubt very much that ceasing to telecast cricket would help.

  6. Matt Hardin

    BTW can any one tell me where this $5.38 beer is. A pint (570 ml) in Perth ranges from $9-$11.

  7. Simon

    Where in god’s name are you going to find slightly less than a pint for $5.38? The cheapest bars in Tassie do $7 pints ($5-6 if it’s happy hour and you’re satisfied with piss!) but it more often hovers around the $10-12 mark.

  8. DiddyWrote

    Sorry Margot, the “beer indicator” has a serious flaw if I am reading it correctly. The minimum wage data by country is placed against an average “Western” price for a beer.
    The price of beer in individual countries is different but is not included in this “graph” (note to Margot that ain’t a graph).
    I call bullshit on this data.

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