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!

TalkSport Commentary Review

As some of you may well know, I’m not a huge BBC Test Match Special fan. I do like many of their commentators but a particular few irk me. It’s fantastic however that they have such exhaustive domestic commentary.

I was hugely impressed by Guerrila Cricket’s coverage of Ireland’s inaugural Test but was a little tentative regarding TalkSport adopting England’s tour coverage. I haven’t always enjoyed their footballing efforts, often finding them very shouty.

I had little opportunity to tune in during the Sri Lanka series but have had more opportunity to do so during the West Indies tour. There’s noticeably a lot of commentators swapping seats, though not ridiculously frequently. This means that there are lots of different perspectives but also that listeners are unlikely to like every one. That’s theory of numbers. I’ve been impressed by what I’ve heard though and any voice is welcome ahead of Jonathan Agnew’s. I’ve particularly enjoyed listening to Steve Harmison and Darren Gough. As an erratic fast bowler, I rather rudely wasn’t sure how astute Harmison would be about the game but his insights have been… well, insightful. I was of the impression that Gough was maybe a bit brash having caught headlines from his other radio shows but he seems measured and actually quite sympathetic to the players. Neil Manthorp is there too and like other commentators who I admire (Jim Maxwell and Fazeer Mohammed), he not being an ex-player, removes some of the stuck-upness that can fester in commentary and punditry environments.

I don’t have Sky TV but do occasionally catch some cricket on BT Sport. They have coverage of some Australian cricket but the likes of Brad Hodge and more so Dirk Nannes have never endeared themselves to me. Sky Sports ex-Test players only policy just wouldn’t sit well with me I’m sure.

My first impressions with TalkSport have been promising. Long may it continue.

A Brand Spanking New Audiocast!

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Hi all

It’s been a while but here’s a brand spanking new audiocast. Not much prep went in to this but I thought that the Commonwealth Games merited a mention. What a great opportunity it could be to help provide more exposure to Associate nations and cricket in general.

Many thanks for following and bye for now.

Silly Point