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    The Ashes Battle is Close, But...

    Which commentary team is in front?

    In Australia we have a choice between SBS which has the Channel 4 team, led by Richie Benaud. And Foxtel which has Sky (I think) coverage led by Both.

    I find myself watching more and more of the SBS coverage, I grew up watching Cricket listing to Richie Benaud and I am finding Boycs and Atherton quite good too.

    I think Bob Willis will put me to sleep soon and I am not enjoying Lehmann so far.

    So I have it SBS 1-0 up and soon to be 2-0.
    You know it makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac
    Which commentary team is in front?

    In Australia we have a choice between SBS which has the Channel 4 team, led by Richie Benaud. And Foxtel which has Sky (I think) coverage led by Both.

    I find myself watching more and more of the SBS coverage, I grew up watching Cricket listing to Richie Benaud and I am finding Boycs and Atherton quite good too.

    I think Bob Willis will put me to sleep soon and I am not enjoying Lehmann so far.

    So I have it SBS 1-0 up and soon to be 2-0.
    Channel 4 coverage is so much better than Skys...2-0
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    Easily the Channel 4 coverage. Richie, Tony, Boycott (gold, imo), Slater, Atherton are all quality. Plus Im quite enjoying this analyst thing with Simon Hughes.

    Lehmann is a plodder, kind of just dribbles on and on.. not unlike most of the Sky team, I guess. Brendon Julian and co. dont provide for much excitment either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda
    Easily the Channel 4 coverage. Richie, Tony, Boycott (gold, imo), Slater, Atherton are all quality. Plus Im quite enjoying this analyst thing with Simon Hughes.

    Lehmann is a plodder, kind of just dribbles on and on.. not unlike most of the Sky team, I guess. Brendon Julian and co. dont provide for much excitment either.
    Yes I forgot about Simon Hughes I am enjoying that part of the coverage as well. Even Greigy is doing okay, his story about Boycott and KevinP was classic Boycs


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    Channel 4 ... however, it is quite annoying when they don't always have the score up

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    Ch4 for me too. I hope that when tests decamp to Sky next year that Rupe cherry-picks the cream of their commentary, starting with Richie! Although Ch5 has the rights to the highlights tho, so I guess they will need a few commetators too. Unless, of course, they go for the cheap & cheerful option & just use Sky's, which is actually a fair bet knowing 5....

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    Channel 4 definitely. In the first test, watching here in Australia, it was quite funny how whenever the cricket was on on SBS I'd tune in to that, and then when the Tour De France was played I'd switch to Foxtel for the Sky Coverage. I can imagine the people watching the ratings, and how Foxtel's would go up for a couple of hours when the Tour was on, and then when it ended SBS' would pick up again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    Channel 4 definitely. In the first test, watching here in Australia, it was quite funny how whenever the cricket was on on SBS I'd tune in to that, and then when the Tour De France was played I'd switch to Foxtel for the Sky Coverage. I can imagine the people watching the ratings, and how Foxtel's would go up for a couple of hours when the Tour was on, and then when it ended SBS' would pick up again.
    Have you seen some of Allan Border's work? He is so negative and unhappy... At least when you watch SBS, you get some genuine excitement/dissapointment/English pessimism from the British bloke, etc.

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    AB's boring, so is Mark Waugh. BJ and Damien Fleming is the best combo on Fox

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    Channel 4, although sports-active on Sky (Foxtel) can come in handy.

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    For the aussies here..

    Does anyone know who the bloke with Dean Jones and Greg Matthews is on SBS? The pommy guy..

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    i have no idea who that pommy guy is, all i know is that he usually covers the soccer.

    I would love to see Channel 4 get Kerry O'Keefe on to commentate... hes got to be one of the funniest people around and he knows his cricket..

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    Yeh i like the commentary from channel 4 however i do not like the format. Ie MPH bowling speeds and no KPH, sky had both.

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    The Sky Bar is much better than C4's thing in the corner

    The pommie bloke is Simon Hill, soccer (or football rather) commentator

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