Since I started writing this blog, I've been asked a few times: why women's cricket? As opposed to men's cricket... or just cricket in general?
In order to understand the answer, you have to realize that this isn't really a women's cricket blog - if you want one of them, Martin Davies or Don Miles are very thorough - this blog is much more narrowly focused on English Women's cricket and specifically on the England team.
I've always been a very partisan sports fan: I'll watch football when Arsenal are on, but otherwise I'll largely ignore it; and I don't watch the IPL, because I don't even have 'a team'.
In cricket, England were always my team: a symptom of long summer holidays home from boarding school, with nothing much to do but turn on The Test. (Often, all too infuriatingly, interrupted at a crucial moment by horse racing!)
So the answer to why women's cricket?
It is very simple: I fell in love with the team!
And no - not that sort of in love! (I don't "do" fan-crushes.)
To be honest, it is more of an addiction: I started following the team in the media and (infrequently) on TV... then going to the odd game... and before I knew it, I was obsessively poring over the (increasingly fantastic) coverage on Cricinfo.
So now, here I am:
My name is Syd, and I'm addicted to eleven women in blue* :)
* And sometimes white!