Cricket is a game played around the world, from the large Test playing nations such as England, Australia, and New Zealand, to smaller associate teams such as Ireland, The Netherlands, Afganistan, and the United Arab Emirates.
The game has changed since the first test match, played between England and Australia in 1877, with Test Matches over 5 days being for the purists, One Day Internationals played over 50 overs of 6 balls, and the emergence of the Twenty 20 competition introduced in England in 2003. The latter being a quicker format of the game, to broaden the appeal to casual observers, with speed being the essence, and a full game being completed in 3 hours or less.
Rivalries between teams and countries has been in existence since the first game was played, with the biggest battles between India and Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand, and Australia and England. The latter battle is played for “The Ashes”, the prize being a small urn made of terracotta, and is reputed to contain the ashes of a cricket bail which was burnt to signify the body of English Cricket having died, being cremated and the ashes placed within.
The battles between England and Australia are well-known throughout the years, and always bring out the best, and sometimes worst in the two countries.
One player who featured in Test Matches for Australia was Richard “Richie” Benaud.
Richie Benaud was more than just a cricketer for Australia, he became known to a younger audience for his journalism and commentary work from 1960 until his passing in April 2015.
Influential right to the end, Benaud’s death was greeted with sadness, but also an outpouring of respect and genuine love for his work throughout the world. His name was trending on social media worldwide once his death had been announced.
His role in modernising the game he played at the highest standard cannot be underestimated.
The influence he had in the game, with bat, ball, pen, and typewriter, makes him an ideal subject to conduct my research on. An immersive web experience on the man who shaped cricket will be a fitting tribute to Richie.
To quote the man, I hope it will be “Marvellous”.