Test Match not so Special!

Warning! Extremely long sentence and moan coming!

I’ve touched upon my frustrations with BBC Test Match Special before but before we consider the arrogance, distance and general stuck-upness of many of the commentators on there, the lack of insight, intelligence or articulateness, particularly amongst the ex-players, this is despite having played the game for many years, there’s one thing that I particularly can’t stand… it’s the fact that they rarely correct each other when they make a mistake! (And breathe!)

Isn’t to be corrected something that we all welcome? Particularly in a public working environment. Don’t we all want to enhance our knowledge and have it pointed out if we’re wrong or lost our concentration? Of course somewhere along the line with so much going on your mind and mouth are going to go out of sync but isn’t that why there’s somebody sat next you mr/miss commentator? The co-commentator should politely and jovially point out the error. This can usually be done in a nice way and actually enhance the listening experience for the… err, listener.

I find the habit of ignoring these errors, particularly getting somebody’s name wrong, distracting and unprofessional. It’s going to happen somewhere, mistake a player for another or muddle a name, I get that but it should be limited.

If BBC maintain the rights, particularly during a World Cup and Ashes summer, where such potentially inspiring competitions are absent from free to air TV (But don’t worry, your kid is supposedly being taught cricket at school!) then let’s hope that they can up their game!

Can Campbell Buck the Trend?

Rajendra Chandrika, Kyle Hope, Vishaul Singh… remember them? Nope. Fair enough.

Not only did those named above disappear from international cricket quicker than a balaclava clad criminal from a crime scene but in the cases of Chandrika and Hope, they dropped off the radar altogether. They have recently re-emerged on the domestic scene whilst Singh has been back in the A-Team. I actually thought that Singh (At 6) and Hetmyer (At 3) were the wrong way around when they debuted. Clearly Hetmyer is some talent though and one to watch come the World Cup.

Back to Jamaican John Campbell. Only three hundreds and an average of barely thirty, does make you wonder whether or not he’s actually qualified to open the batting against Jimmy Anderson. Let’s remember though, an absurd amount of spin bowlers on the domestic circuit in the Caribbean average about fifteen with the ball. Maybe a batting average of thirty in the West Indies is equivalent to an average of forty in England.

Congratulations to Campbell on becoming West Indian Test cricketer number 317.

I’ll be following on TalkSport having not had the opportunity to listen to the Sri Lanka tour. It can’t be worse than BBC Test Match Special!

Guerilla Cricket – You’ve Saved Us!

IMG_4072.JPG

Guerilla Cricket won exclusive rights to provide commentary on Ireland’s inaugural Test match against Pakistan and how they’ve put BBC Test Match Special to shame.

https://www.guerillacricket.com

I’m grateful for TMS’s efforts and some of their pundits and commentary team are intelligent and insightful. Jonathan Agnew and Graeme Swann amongst others are not but at least Henry Blofeld has departed. They’ve also lost Ed Smith. I’ve enjoyed listening to Smith’s measured and methodical approach and expect him to apply the same to his new role.

TalkSPORT will be commentating on England’s winter tours and hopefully they too can heighten the competition. I can’t say that TalkSPORT have won me over when I’ve listened to their football commentary, Sam Matterface… please God no!!! Hopefully they’ll be on the ball though.

Having been an excellent and successful player doesn’t necessarily make one a good pundit and maybe that’s where Guerilla Cricket have got it right. For the most part if not the whole part, they don’t seem to be ex-players, They’re one of us. I look forward to listening to more of their commentary. The ECB’s 100-ball idea is nonsense but some people are keen to shove the word innovation down your throat when you criticise it. Cricket is constantly evolving. Guerilla Cricket have some gimmicks so here’s some innovation for you TMS!