Boycott talks sense on some things but it's ruined to an extent by his pathological hatred of aggressive batting. His criticism of batsmen that get out playing an aggressive shot is way OTT (although tbf yesterday it was probably justified).
Also everything Boycott says can be translated to 'wasn't Geoff Boycott the greatest player the world's ever seen'.
5 minutes of Boycott on the little end of day podcast is more than a sufficent amount for me.
Do really miss listening to Vic Marks though, guy is just class.
Listening to TMS for the first time in ages........how the **** can anyone enjoy Blowers?? He's hurting my ears!!
Never enjoyed BLowers myself to be honest irksome without adding any real insight.
Blowers just comes across as a poor affectation. Also Johnners and Arlott were well known despite their humour in always getting the commentary in clearly and accurately, something Henry fails to do constantly.
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Always find that any sense spoken by Boycott is offset by the way he has to repeat the same point about a hundred times before letting someone else speak. I don't really mind him, but he is a bit of a windbag.
Prefer him to Michael Vaughan anyway, who is just utterly terrible.
Strauss has some good insight but I find his voice too plummy for commentary. It isn't his fault but he could use some elocution lessons ... although they will just teach him to talk the way he does already. He sounds like a modern privately-educated Tory with. Which of course he is. As I say there is nothing wrong with that and judging him by the way he talks would be like having a go at Nasser for sounding like an Essex boy, but to me it doesn't work on commentary. People with posh accents can be great commentators but there's something about Strauss' accent which doesn't work.
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A few of the ex-player England commentators are starting to annoy me with jokes about how **** they all were. Hussain does it and its quite funny, Atherton does it and it seems a bit silly because he was quite a good player and now I've started to hear Strauss do it. Gower and Botham don't bother obvious because that would be ridiculous, but why do they all feel the need to pretend they were all number 11's with the bat?
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