I lived a year in England (Oxford in fact) and came to enjoy cricket - in fact I found it magic. Now I was as a teen a baseball player so there were similarities. But really! 5 days/ The subtlety of declaration! Which could actually improve baseball.
I continue to spend a lot of time in England. Sadly, they seem to have figured out that shorter matches draw audiences. Ahh the decline of cultures.
Norm Geras is running a debate on cricket. Given that I have now posted on 'culture' I should point out this connection - cricket and dance. You should go by way of Norm back to one of my local papers.