Holding the ball is a floodwall. It valiantly holds back a sea of uncontested marks, two goal quarters, control-centric game plans, and low turnover games. Thanks to this glorious rule, possessing the football carries risk. What can be done to protect it?
Looking back, if I were an ordinary worker in Redfern or Glebe in 1910, I would almost certainly have sided with league.
There will be drama, suspense, and wild appeals. Kohli will inevitably send a decision upstairs, and we will all bite our nails and wait. A batsman will swing just shy of nicking a dot ball outside off, and we’ll all make that ‘oooooh’ sound in unison. There will be dropped catches, mix-up run-outs, ducks, and run a ball 50s. There will be cricket. David Warner and Steve Smith and that incredibly stupid decision can’t take that away from us. Cricket Australia and its stupid chaos can’t take that away from us. Nobody can take that away from us. So please, if you claim you love cricket, enjoy every ball this summer.