Rest In Peace.
Rest In Peace.
Does anyone remember if he was in India? It seems possible if he was still writing only two days ago. Not too many commentators now who didn't play the game professionally, Henry Blofeld (what a pity he never played that Test in India in '64, that was down to Micky Stewart's selfishness), Simon Mann (he's one for the namesakes thread, he's not related to George and Frank Mann although, oddly, the ex-mercenary is) and Alison Mitchell of course.
Victor's article says he last saw CMJ in November and he was "riddled with cancer" by then, so I'd guess it's unlikely he'd fly with late stage terminal cancer.
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- Steve Smith before the Ashes
Fair enough, I thought I remembered hearing him in the first or second Test.
You could well be right; there was an English stoicism about CMJ and, that he found the strength to write a tribute to Tony Greig in what must've almost literally been his own last hours, speaks to this.
An affectionate tribute from Adam Mountford the TMS producer on the Beeb's own site.
He notes that CMJ's disaterous timekeeping lead to his nickname of "the late CMJ". Tragic it's now literally true.
CMJ last commentated on TMS in the emirates series last January I think. They mentioned more than once that he was in ill health since then but I don't think it was said it was terminal.
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Hard to imagine two more different characters than the two departed Sussex legends Greig and CMJ. One larger-than-life and brash, the other more reserved and (as Vic Marks says) headmasterly. One the ground breaking pioneer, the other the conservative traditionalist. But they had much in common too. Both were positive of outlook, generous, monstrously hard working, of similar age, and each had a real claim to being the "voice of cricket" - or at least one of them - in the country where he worked. I'm genuinely shocked and saddened about their deaths.
Can't say I had read much from CMJ, but I was aware of his reputation. Sad, sad week for cricket. RIP.
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Sad news. Let's hope the 'it happens in threes' does not transpire this time
You know it makes sense.
Athers has a piece in the times. It was Lymph Node Cancer that was too far spread by the time it was discovered. An awful way to go but what a life the man lead.
Another tragic loss for the game. Not a great week for cricket lovers.
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Great CMJ tribute can be found here in case anyone is interested and missed it on air:
BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Test Match Special
I really hope we don't lose journalists from commentary and cricket comment. People like Gideon Haigh are a cut above imo.
'It is hard to recall a batsman quite so serene, so unrushed, so unflappable.' Chris Ryan on ... look to the left. Ahhhh.
R.i.p. - cmj
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