Sunday, November 03, 2013

Mike Brearley gives the 2013 Bradman Oration

From the Lord's website:
Mike Brearley, the former England captain and Chairman of MCC's World Cricket committee, has delivered the 11th Bradman Oration, in Melbourne. 
Drawing on his second career as a psychoanalyst, Brearley attempted to answer the question: what is the point of sport, and in particular cricket? In a double Ashes Series year, his 40-minute Oration discussed instances of sportsmanship, co-operation and rivalry between the two teams - as well as in other contests. 
Incidents from Ashes history which Brearley drew upon included the famous Flintoff-Lee moment at Edgbaston in 2005 and the battle between Derek Randall and Dennis Lillee in the Centenary Test. 
He perhaps came closest to answering his own question during the speech with these words:  
"The institution of sport, with its challenges and opportunities, its companionship with team mates and opponents alike, offers a setting for activities that enrich life, that build character, and that help develop the complex balance between being an individual and being part of a group or team."
As to the incident of the England captain who told a young batsman to play for a draw while making it look as though he was playing for a win, that must have been Colin Cowdrey talking to Keith Fletcher at Headingley at 1968. I wasn't there. but I do remember listening to the commentary on the radio.

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