For me, the sound of cricket on the radio is the sound of summer. In Vanuatu we could get radio national from Australia and I have memories of Dad carrying around his little portable radio as he did odd jobs around the collage. And on our trips home, the sound track of our long drives around the country was the ABC radio commentary.
It was only once I came back to Australia that I began to have an interest in the game. At first it was only on TV, but as I grew to understand what was going on, I could follow it on the radio. Cricket commentary is lovely and soothing, a slow marauder of topics around the game, with a description of each ball, interspersed with a few highlights like a wicket or a century or a controversial decision.
It is perfect to listen to when you are not really listening, like when I’m sewing or writing a paper, or doing housework.
I look forward to each test, and the days of listening pleasure they bring.
Now, if only Australia would start doing well again.
(photo from sxc)