Time and Cricket

A complex relationship

Anna Monks

Old Father Time - photograph courtesy of M.C.DreOld Father Time - photograph courtesy of M.C.Drew

The first time I went to Lords I wondered why the weather vane was forged as Old Father Time. The grim reaper did not seem an obvious motif for a sporting venue. Now I know better: for cricket’s complex relationship with Time makes it the great game that it is.

Many sports are played to a time limit and some have a set number of goes: cricket magnificently uses both methods to produce its array of marvellous contests.

If you are following a test match click the image below to find the current time at the ground.

The Cricket Time Equation:
5(Days of Drama) = 1( Great Test Match)

We who love Test Match Cricket experience the full drama of an unfolding day when we watch or hear a game.

The drama starts early with optimistic speculation as the dew dries off the ground. The mid-morning sees batsmen and bowlers asserting their rights at the crease while our stomachs dream of lunch.
The sluggish afternoon plays out for the winning side with hopes of reviving tea.

But the waft of the early evening breeze across the ground awakens us to fresh dramas as the spinners and seamers find their magic or refreshed big hitters send the weary fielders lolloping to the boundary.

Five days sounds such a long time for a game, but the most memorable matches finish with a run chase against the clock on the fifth day or a war of attrition to make it a draw. The Test becomes a mirror for human endeavour as the long awaited deadline produces heroic surges of determination.

The old clock above the pavilion steps is the bowler’s friend and the batsman’s enemy or is it the other way round? My friends, it depends on the match!

External links

For International Fixtures see cricinfo

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/index.html?view=calendar

Photo of cricket scoreboard The saddest time of the year:
the scoreboard after the last innings of the season.

Cricket Test Grounds and Locations

Cricket grounds change their names and usage frequently, so please beware that the following information may not be up to date. We are grateful for contributions to make it more accurate.

Australia
Adelaide OvalAdelaide
Bellerive OvalHobart
Brisbane Cricket Ground / The GabbaBrisbane
Melbourne Cricket Ground / MCGMelbourne
Sydney Cricket Ground / SCGSydney
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground / The WACAPerth

Bangladesh

Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium/ Narayanganj Osmani Stadium

Fatullah
Sheikh Abu Naser StadiumKhulna

Shere-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium

Mirpur
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury StadiumChittagong

England

Ageas Bowl / The Rose BowlSouthampton

County Cricket Ground/Edgbaston

Birmingham

Emirates, Durham / Chester-le-Street

Chester-le-Street
Headingly Cricket GroundLeeds
Lords Cricket GroundLondon
KIA OvalLondon
Emirates Old TraffordManchester
SWALEC StadiumCardiff
Trent BridgeNottingham

India

Eden GardensKolcata
Feroz Shah Kotla GroundDelhi
M. Chinnaswamy StadiumBangalore
M. A. Chidambaram StadiumChennai

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium

Mohali

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

Hyderabad
Wankhede StadiumMumbai
Vidarbha Cricket Association StadiumNagpur

New Zealand

Basin ReserveWellington
Eden ParkAuckland
Hagley OvalChristchurch
Seddon ParkHamilton
University OvalDunedin

Pakistan Home Grounds

In United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Zayed Cricket StadiumAbu Dhabi
Dubai International Cricket StadiumDubai
Sharjah Cricket Association StadiumSharjah

Pakistan

Niaz StadiumHyderabad
National StadiumKarachi
Gaddafi StadiumLahore
Multan Cricket StadiumMultan
Rawalpindi Cricket StadiumRawalpindi

South Africa

Axxess DSL / St. Georges ParkPort Elizabeth
Kingsmead / Sahara StadiumDurban
New Wanderers StadiumJohannesburg
Newlands / Sahara ParkCape Town
Supersport Stadium / Centurion ParkCenturion

Sri Lanka

Galle International StadiumGalle

P. Sara Oval / P. Saravanamuttu Stadium

Colombo
Pallekele International Cricket StadiumKandy

R. Premadasa Stadium / Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium

Colombo
Sinhalese Sports Club GroundColombo

West  Indies

Antigua Recreation GroundSt. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
BeausejourGros Islet, St. Lucia
Kensington OvalBridgetown, Barbados
National Cricket StadiumSt. Georges, Greneda
The Playing Fields / Arnos ValeKingstown, St. Vincent
Providence StadiumProvidence, Guyana
Queens Park OvalPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Sabina ParkKingston, Jamaica
Sir Vivian Richards StadiumNorth Sound, Antigua and Barbuda
Warner ParkBasseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis
Windsor ParkRoseau, Dominica
Zimbabwe
Harare Sports ClubHarare
Queens Sports ClubBulawayo
Please let us know if there are any errors or if a new location needs to be added

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