John Bull dissects Cricket for Yankee Doodle Dandie

S. N. Arseculeratne

I read somewhere that a game of cricket was played in New York. But no news after that. The reason may lie in the following story. An American asked an Englishman, (they who invented the game) to explain to him what this game is all about. The Englishman took another gulp of his beer and proceeded.

You have two sides, one out in the field

            And one in.

Each man that’s in the side that’s in, goes out

 and when he’s out he comes in

 and the next man goes in till he’s out.

When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in

 and the side that has been in, goes out

 and tries to get those coming in, out.

Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When both sides have been in and out including the not outs, that’s the end of the game

The American grabbed the Englishman’s beer mug and finished it

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