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  1. appee
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    elegant ritual

    1.what does "elegant ritual" mean? Does it mean "accurate sports rules"?
    And does "the psychology mixed with physicality of a sport" mean "the psychological elements and body movements"?
    (context: But it proved invaluable, for the qualities that make a good cricket commentator—a sense of timing and acute observation, a passion for elegant ritual and the psychology mixed with physicality of a sport that is baffling to outsiders—all contributed to making Sylvester one of the greatest art critics of his time.)

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    Re: elegant ritual

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    I think 'elegant ritual' is just a romanticized expression for the appreciation of the movement of the players in play.

    For the other question, you are correct.
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    Re: elegant ritual

    How can "ritual" be related to "movements of players"? Because "ritural" can mean "sth. that you do regularly and in the same way each time"?

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    Re: elegant ritual

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    Sportsmen in general and here, cricketeers in particular, do the same thing over and over, in a particular style and with a certain finesse, as a game progresses. If you have ever spent a long spring afternoon watching a cricket match, you would appreciate the ritual movements of the white-suited players--the pitch, the batting, the arc of the ball hit into the field, the return by the fielder, the running of the bases, etc. These form a pleasant ritual, the atmosphere of which is a major factor in the enjoyment of the game by the spectator.

    Each sport creates its own rituals: in baseball, it is centered on the pitcher's preparation, wind-up and delivery; in basketball it is the run down the court, the quick pass and the slam dunk. It is these rituals and their execution that fascinates the aficionado.
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