The Trend Report: Athletic Endeavor

Cricket has often been seen as “the lost sport,” something played only on the fields of Eton and in Evelyn Waugh novels. Then cricket was featured in The New York Times. Credit author Joseph O’Neill, whose critically acclaimed Netherland (Pantheon, $24) set off the current craze, revealing the subculture of New York’s club teams and leaving us desperate to know our walking wickets from our diamond ducks.