The build-up to a World Championships may be worrying so why not head to Edgbaston to take in a totally totally different sport and watch some England fireworks within the World Cup.
And that is precisely what GB swimmer Max Litchfield did. He adores his cricket however due to his commitments within the pool has by no means had the possibility to get entangled.
With England’s World Cup hopes hanging by a thread, the 24-year-old Sky Sports activities Scholar from Sheffield was in Birmingham for a thriller in opposition to India.
Max discusses his day trip with brother Joe (additionally a GB swimmer) and the way his water sport compares with cricket….
The World Championships in South Korea is sort of upon us and I’ve had a full of life few weeks getting ready.
I was in Barcelona and Canet for the Mare Nostrum collection that are good occasions to get me race-ready in opposition to a number of the quickest swimmers on the earth.
My swims weren’t blisteringly fast however they’ve offered me with an excellent springboard for the lead in to the Worlds.
Out of the pool, my brother Joe and I had the honour and pleasure to go to Edgbaston and see England beat India.
With the World Cup on the road the boys stepped up, primarily right down to Johnny Bairstow’s fabulous 100 and good opening partnership with Jason Roy and never forgetting some good work within the subject from the entire squad.
I have beloved cricket nearly my entire life however by no means actually had the chance to play.
When I sit down and watch a smashing recreation like this one it is onerous not to attract comparisons between the game and swimming.
Each are workforce sports activities however one thing that can by no means be the identical in swimming is the truth that you might be all the time by yourself, all the time by yourself journey and solely YOU could make the distinction.
With cricket alternatively (fielding at the least), you have bought 10 different guys on the market who’ve bought your again.
I love seeing that teamwork in motion although, a number of the hand-off catches when gamers are teetering over the boundary rope are sensational and actually do carry one other dimension to the sport.
One similarity to swimming is whenever you’re batting. Sure you have bought your companion down the opposite finish however on the finish of the day it is solely YOU who can do something, solely YOU who can dispatch that supply barrelling your means at 90mph!
I’ve by no means actually thought in regards to the talent set required for cricket however all of the traits they present are nearly similar to swimmers!
They graft, they put their our bodies on the road and push by way of all the things thrown their means (actually in some circumstances) to succeed in their purpose, precisely the identical as in swimming!
It will be superior to attempt my abilities out within the center at some point.
I see myself being a batsman greater than a bowler nevertheless as I’m undecided my shoulder may face up to the power of a most supply – perhaps I’d take up spin!
Let’s hope England can go all the way in which!
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