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Strange commentary thread.

zaremba

Cricketer Of The Year
Felt a bit sorry for Maxwell today. It’s a TMS tradition that the visiting commentator comes on to describe a win. He came on at 9 down. He wasn’t on at the end but described a lot of Stokes 6’s.
He came on at Edgbaston in 2005 as well, to celebrate the supposed CrimWin. Hence "England win - by two runs!!"
 

Lillian Thomson

International Coach
Test Match Special is getting seriously dud. The Root dismissal "He's fallen over and the finger goes up". Lyons bowling to Burns "A terrible ball that almost got a wicket". One delivery "That's gone straight through." Turned out to be an edge that went between the keeper and the slips. The skill of the commentator used to be to describe the play as it happens and then discuss it. This bunch just bluster and describe it after. Never thought I'd miss Henry Blofeld.
 

andmark

International Captain
Blofeld was great. David Lloyd on the otherhand is a try-hard.

Edit: Stokes just got out with me sitting in front of the laptop serving as a radio. I didn't notice he'd got out due to their excessively understated commentary.
 
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morgieb

Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
Maybe I'm just in a ****** mood but Bumble and Beefy are giving me the ****s massively here.
 

quincywagstaff

International Debutant
The only positive thing I can say about Botham's commentary is that he doesn't bring up his own career hardly at all (something Damien Fleming is shameless at).

Otherwise his commentary is dreadful. Provides no insight, has no obvious commentary stylistic skills and most of the time seems to be wishing he were somewhere else.
 

andmark

International Captain
Maxwell trying to Gambhir by saying Aus could be dismissed for 120 and England can win. I can't blame him and yet I do.
 

Lillian Thomson

International Coach
Botham “I’m surprised Stokes walked.”

Well okay, a few people were.

“I’m not sure Tim Paine would have reviewed it.”
 

SteveNZ

International Vice-Captain
Botham “I’m surprised Stokes walked.”

Well okay, a few people were.

“I’m not sure Tim Paine would have reviewed it.”
That was fair though? They probably would have, but there's been instances where teams haven't. I say well played to Stokes - in such an important moment, he could have easily stayed around. And what's the harm? They don't burn a review and nor would he in any way be branded a poor sport. For a competitor like him to just walk off, I think that speaks somewhat to character (yes he chinned blokes, I get it. They're not mutually exclusive)
 

Lillian Thomson

International Coach
That was fair though? They probably would have, but there's been instances where teams haven't. I say well played to Stokes - in such an important moment, he could have easily stayed around. And what's the harm? They don't burn a review and nor would he in any way be branded a poor sport. For a competitor like him to just walk off, I think that speaks somewhat to character (yes he chinned blokes, I get it. They're not mutually exclusive)
Very admirable. But Paine not reviewing it is trash.
 

burr

State Vice-Captain
Sky is now better than TMS I reckon. People like Nasser and Ricky are professionals. TMS has become horribly partisan and I feel sad for them. If you are being paid to call the game I should not know which team you support apart from making an assumption based on your accent. This use of we and only getting Australians to interview Australians and vice versa is awful.
 

fredfertang

Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
Gower indeed a sad loss - Botham as a commentator was a bit like he was as a player - just got worse and worse
 

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