Bringing up a ton: what you learn about cricket as a 99-year-old

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Hitting the nervous nineties has made me empathetic for the batsman at the crease who is trying to complete ‘a good innings’

By Donald Zec for The Nightwatchman, of the Sport Network

I am feeling somewhat on edge and I think I know the reason why. I have just turned 99 years old and am now preparing myself for an onslaught of platitudes of which “well, you’ve had a good innings” is a fair example. This is fine with me because it is true, though it becomes a little tedious in the repetition.

No – what I shrink from is the question: “What does it feel like to be 99 years old?” I just don’t know how to answer it. Is it a medical question, a philosophical one, or simply a polite display of barefaced indifference? Moreover, friends and others keep telling me I am “amazing”. I wish they would not – it induces dark thoughts and a hustle to “put my affairs in order”.

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