Bowlers: cricket’s working class

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2016 by kmflett


F S Trueman

It is not a new point but in celebrating Bangladesh’s first Test cricket victory over England in the current issue of the New Statesman, Peter Wilby makes a very good point about class and cricket:

From the game’s beginnings, bowlers were cricket’s working classes. Their job was to allow the upper-class batsmen to show off their elegant stroke play. In an age when ideology has tilted against the workers, cricket should be congratulated on re-weighting the scales, albeit unintentionally, in the other direction

Wilby makes the point that the advent of the DRS where umpire’s decisions can be checked by technology has resulted in more wickets particularly for spin bowlers, as it becomes clear that more balls that hit the pads would go on to hit the wicket and hence are out lbw. In short DRS has reduced an unwitting umpire’s bias in favour of ‘upper-class’ batsmen.

With England’s series against India due to get underway expect further advances for the proletariat


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