"There are two sides, one out in the field the other 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 until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
"When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game."
But is there a shorter philosophical description, a motto perhaps, that sums up the nature of cricket. It came from The Weekend Australian 20-21 March and the link for the feature entire is a s follows:
The article provides the historical evidence that Adolph Hitler played cricket. Hitler was recovering at the end of WWI in 1918 in a respite hospital which was situated next to a British POW camp. He noticed the English prisoners playing cricket and Hitler asked whether he could watch.
Having acquired a run-down of the game, Hitler asked whether he could bring his own cricket team and play a match against a British POW XI.
Hitler, who was around 28, a Corporal, showed his management talent and turned up with a team (Hitler XI) which played against a British POW XI. He later drew up what he considered an improved set of rules which included a larger size cricket ball.
Moreover he gave Cricket this insightful motto - (Ohne Hast, ohne Rast) - 'Unhasting, Unresting'.
This writer has been pondering this insightful motto for cricket, as in a strange quirk, such a motto could astonishingly equally apply to the Christian walk. As an aside, it may also come as a surprise that Hitler for some months in his years of struggle was a regular attender at a Protestant evangelical church. He walked away from the Evangelical life of personal discipline to prayer, devotional study and Bible reading.