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The number of South-African born players in these sides is concerning, but only because it shows how much of a minority sport cricket really is. The team doesn't represent the population because most of the population isn't interested.
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Not remotely. Football is omnipresent and both rugby codes, tennis and F1 all come ahead of cricket. More to the point cricket is almost never played in state schools, excluding voluntary clubs. The vast majority of people here, at least my age, have never seen a game and couldn't name an England player.
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Was a lot of discussion on CW at the time when people thought it was kosher and Fleming was really giving him a serve.
Definitely has more reach than league because the latter is still primarily centred along the M62 corridor.
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I wouldn't say the game really lacks popularity. It's probably the 2nd or 3rd most popular sport in the country. But the lack of cricket in state schools is a worry. I've never played a cricket match at school, bar the odd plastic bat and tennis ball game. My whole interest comes from being introduced to it by family. On the other hand, I just got born into football really.
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Popularity/non-popularity of cricket in NZ has been discussed on here quite a lot before though I was at least heartened by how many followers of the game made themselves heard (angrily) after the recent captaincy debacle, while in the media as the gloss slips more quickly from the ODI format, I think more people are placing a higher value on tests and that is surely good for cricket in NZ.
I grew up playing and watching lots of soccer but when I was in the UK I found its all-consuming nature completely off-putting. I didn't meet many people who were interested in cricket though.
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Yeah, I feel the exact same way about Rugby in New Zealand. I really liked it as a kid actually. But around the time of the 2003 world cup, I just got incredibly sick of the all consuming coverage and ridiculous media bias, so I just kinda stopped paying attention to it (both the sport and the reporting of it). Nowadays I only tune in to the sport during world cups, and I haven't watched a rugby international in a non-cup year since about 2004.
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Didn't realised tonights game was being televised. w00t!
Although, now that I know about it, it will probably be rained out.
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