Originally Posted by RaoulDuke
I've never been explained the rules to cricket, so I don't know my ass from my elbow. I do know it's huge in your region of the world.
The passion of International Competitions is something Americans just don't get
. Hockey, basketball and baseball seasons are so long, that international competition is deemed as unnecessary. It's really unfortunate, because it's the best sports rush you can get.
As for acting like douche bags after wins, I totally understand. If only everything could be like in rugby: say one word to a ref and he tacks on 10 meters to a penalty. An occasional fist fight once in a while doesn't hurt either.
Congrats on the win then.
I'm actually pissed off with the win because we didn't deserve it and the behaviour of our players definitely didn't merit it. The Indians were much more classy on the field in terms of behaviour and they really dug in as far as their actual performance went - they were better than us but were dudded by the umpires. They deserved the win. It is a travesty our team won and far worse was the behaviour of our players.
We have had the best team in the world for many years, for about 16 years now....before that it was the mighty West Indians who ruled the roost (from the Carribean, not the sub-continent). If you got uppity with them, as our Australian players seem to be increasingly being doing with their opponents from whatever country these days, you would have 6 foot 10 inches of extremely mean black man attempting to knock your head off from a distance of 22 feet with a ball harder than rock that they can ping at your head at a speed of over 150 km's an hour. When you experience that it tends to make you a lot more humble on the field and have a lot more manners towards your opponents. Unfortunately the West Indian team has fallen by the wayside in recent decades, so our arrogant players no longer have put up with this charging at them with a ball that could do some serious damage if left to its own devices: