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“It’s just not cricket”

It is known that the game of cricket was played in England as far back as the 16th century, but it was in the 18th century that it really became established as a sport with its own rules and etiquette.

It’s just not cricket“, or even “it’s just not cricket, old boy“, is a way of gently criticising someone for some sort of bad behaviour out of line with the rules of polite society.

Cricket match at Kenfield Hall, Kent, in the 18th century