Terpsichore Posted April 2, 2014 Share Posted April 2, 2014 The cricket season is about to start which is for me a cause for celebration. I have had a passion for cricket for even longer than I have had a passion for ballet. It all started in 1959 when my father took me to see the first day of Middlesex's match against India at Lords and I saw a splendid century by Abbas Ali Baig who was still an undergraduate at Oxford. Though India lost the test series that summer it had some inspiring crickets like the bowler Surrendranath who devastated Middlesex's batting order and batsmen like Contractor and Umrigar. Although I was born in Manchester of a Lancastrian (now Merseyside) father and a Yorkshire mother I always supported Surrey (where I spent my childhood and adolescence) with such great names as Laker and Barrington. My fellow Mancunian, Neville Cardus, was equally passionate about music and cricket. Is there any correlation between cricket and ballet? My conversations with fellow cricket fans are very similar to conversations with my fellow ballet lovers. Just as ballet lovers have their favourite ballerinas and premiers danseurs nobles - Acosta, Rojo and Osipova - cricket fans have their favourite batsmen and bowlers. Both venerate the greats of the past - Pavlova, Karsavina, Nijinsky for ballet lovers and Grace, Hobbs and Bradman for cricket fans. As a child I had equal piles of Dance and Dancers and Wisden annuals. If there is a correlation between the two temperaments it may explain why Diaghilev regarded the English as second only to the Russians in their receptiveness to ballet. Having two great passions is very convenient because the cricket season begins just as the days lengthen and ballet companies wind down for the summer. The Royal Opera House opens in Autumn just as our cricketers depart for the tropics or antipodes where they nowadays seem to get a thrashing. 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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