Phil Hughes – sport and life in context

It is a strange thing that sometimes you become so used to something that you forget how odd it is. So it is with this weird and wonderful game of ours. With the news of Phil Hughes’s horrific accident yesterday, it made me realise, as if it were not obvious, that cricket is not so far removed from David casting his sling at Goliath, the only difference being our projectile is better crafted than the average rock. And that is sport. In many respects, sport is an outlet for the physical violence, aggression and desire for superiority that our species is so sadly adroit at, a way to utilise our skill at killing and maiming in a safer and more controlled environment.