Cricket is a brilliant game once you get it, and being a fan of baseball (a brilliant game in its nuances as you would know!) I think you'll enjoy it. As Crouch said, get into a few of the rivalries. I'm actually going to the World Cup final in a month as well! Hopefully the Aussies will be there
Yeah I follow Wests Tigers, bit of a weird team to follow as they seem to either fly or completely sh*t the bed. Not as big into it the last few years having been over in the states, and I devoted any late nights I could to trying to keep up with my Aussie Rules, but been watching a bit since I've been back. Still prefer Aussie Rules so much more, but that's just personal preference. NRL is still terrific to watch.
Also, I'm wearing an A's cap as I type this reply. Thought you'd approve
Yeah, I used to make fun of baseball as a boring game before I actually got to watch and understand it, and totally understand that cricket might be an enjoyable sport once I go through the same process with it. A big difficulty would be to get to watch it here in Brazil, but I plan to give it a shot when (and if) I go to England for my studies.
I haven't watched a NRL game yet but will do so in the next couple of days, as I get ready for the World Club Challenge on Sunday - I want to have an idea of what I should be expecting from the Rabbitohs.
I certainly do approve the A's cap!
As for the Union fans around, I've been reading a book about its history (A Game for Hooligans, very good read) and I must say I'm not a huge fan of the whole amateur ideal that in my eyes seriously hindered the progress of the sport, which could be much bigger if not for some very snobbish conceptions. I've just read a passage about the IRB's treatment of Canadian rugby, for instance, and just like their treament of many other nations where the game wasn't so far evolved, rugby history seems to be full of missed opportunities. Rugby Union's relationship with Apartheid South Africa is also a stain in the game's trajectory.
I must admit I sympathize with the fact rugby league is a bit of a northern working class game, and it also seems to be more of a people's game in Australia, by the little I know of it.