She was woeful.
And why should a woman get a gig ahead of someone who has played that level of cricket?
I shouldn't comment on this as when I did before the last Ashes I got into trouble - but if you are a man who hasn't played international cricket you're best chance of being a commentator is to have a *** change IMO a woman shouldn't be there - BUT. if they want to go down that route have a Clare Connor or Melanie Jones who has played the game.(surely if a male commentator has to be an ex player same with a woman - that's equality)
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In response to Julian87, in AFL, some of the best commentators have never played the at the highest level. Also quality wise, Australia's best ever radio commenator Alan McGilvray never played at the highest level either. So if they're good enough I don't see why that level matters, not that I'm saying that Donna Symonds is, but that is a different issue (marketing the format etc as has been discussed).
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Some excellent posts from pasag on this topic.
She was pretty bad, and created the feeling that she'd been taught cricketing buzz words but didn't actually know what they meant - at one stage she referred to a batsman having "arrived on the crease". Nevertheless, it's fairly obvious why she's there, and it's the same reason they have dancers and DJs and **** like that. It's part of the 20/20 package, and it seems to do pretty well at pulling in the crowds.
I've got no problem with a female commentator, but it does surprise me that they went for her ahead of a former female cricketer or something. ABC radio has done quite well with a former female cricketer as a commentator, for example.
Does anyone know Donna's background? Is she a sports journalist or something? And is English a second language? She had the air of someone like Waqar Younis, who may well know plenty about the game, but struggles at times with proper expression.
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She has got better since the beginning..
Doesnt talk as much during the delivery anymore Imo
Commentators are probably thinking that because the game is fast-paced so they are also required to speak non-stop nonsense, but the likes of Donna Symonds, Harsha Bhogle, Tony Cozier and Gavaskar have been really irritating most of the times during this tournament.
She's not that bad, but she's not that good either.
And feminism or any of that bs should never come into it. If she is better than a man, then put her in. If not, then the man gets the job.
Bumble is by far the most enjoyable commentator over there a.t.m. Chappell isn't that bad either.
I'm missing Tawny Greig though.
But Bill Lawry probably wouldn't gone down too well. These days he says 'bang!!' when a boundary is hit. Bloody hell, imagine how he would be commentating T20!!
I don't like it, but then I don't like the music when a boundary is hit either. I'll watch cricket anyway, so it's not really aimed at me.
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