The Musical Abomination That Ruined The Cricket Test
Test cricket is sacred and beautiful. Test cricket does not involve heavy metal.
Test cricket, like ancient religions, is about ritual and sanctity. No aspect of Test cricket makes sense to the outsider, and no one who loves Test cricket cares.
In its languid five day dance, Test cricket is completely divorced from the rhythms and pulses of modern life. And that, right there, is its magic.
And that's why... WAIT, WHAT? THEY PLAYED LOUD MUSIC BETWEEN THE OVERS IN THE TEST MATCH BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND AUSTRALIA IN ABU DHABI LAST NIGHT?
They did indeed. They actually played a bunch of iconic Aussie rock bands between the overs, which was all very Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi! but which was not even slightly in the spirit of Test cricket.
Esteemed cricket writer Peter Lalor, who once wrote the definite piece about Boonie drinking 52 cans on a flight to London, pointed out the gross crime against cricket purity. He was not amused.
Nor were others who worship at the altar of the holy five day game.
After 12 overs, whoever was manning the sound system at Sheikh Zayed Stadium fired up Acca Dacca's "Long way To The Top".
There was more AC/DC after 13 overs with "You Shook Me All Night Long". Then Hunters & Collectors with "Holy Grail" after 17 overs. Later a little Powderfinger. Some INXS. Then "Long Way To The Top" again.
So music guy or girl basically had a playlist of about six songs. In this respect, you'd have to say they are eminently qualified to work for an FM music station.
But are they the right person to run the sound system at a cricket Test?
Most people love a few tunes at the T20 and at one-dayers. There's a whole different vibe in those forms of cricket, a party atmosphere if you will. And what's a party without music?
Test cricket is different. The silence between overs in Tests is part of the aesthetic and vibe of the thing. In the opinion of many, violating that holy quietude is just not cricket.
Meanwhile in the actual game, Pakistan lead by 281 runs with 8 second-innings wickets remaining.
The Marsh brothers did what the Marsh brothers have done often lately, which is very little, and the rest of the team regrettably followed their example.
The scorecard is here.