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Cricket and croquet

On the Tube last night, Rachel said, “Mum, explain cricket to me.” (Yes, it may have been the first time in history that a teenager has asked this question of her American mother.)

“What do you know about it already?” I asked.

“Well, it’s like croquet except they try to stop you.” Fortunately no one in our carriage seemed to be English, or we might have been in some trouble.

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