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From Antonio Gramsci to Alastair Cook: digging in

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2017 by kmflett

The Thursday of the Oval Test saw ex-England captain Alistair Cook score 82 in 278 minutes, batting undefeated all day.

T20 cricket it was not but in terms of cricket it was important. CLR James classic book on cricket and beyond, Beyond a Boundary, saw cricket mirroring to a degree the ryhthms of life.

The link is perhaps to Antonio Gramsci, the Italian Communist, jailed by Mussolini who looked at ways of changing things as wars of manoeuvres and wars of position. The latter implied, trench warfare, the digging in so loved by Geoffrey Boycott. That surely was what Cook was about on Thursday at the Oval.

 

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