Thomas 'bacco007' Baxter <thomas-bax...
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> Poor Commentry through out this season - and some very poor effort on the behalf of channel nine
People react very personally to the commentators and have their
preferences and dsilikes. I listen reasonably closely and trying to be
objective I think there is a good mix on Nine.
What do I want in cricket commentary?
1. Someone with some broadcasting ability... by this I essentially
mean the ability to think on his feet and not rely on pat phrases or
making meaningless comments that just fill in time.
2. Someone not afraid to speak their mind.
3. Someone who makes an interesting point that I hadn't thought of
before and gets me thinking.
4. Someone who can entertain. I don't want a stand-up comic but it is
after all just a game and the occasional one-liner that is genuinely
witty or a bit of bamnter can loven things up... as long as the
commentator knows when to let it go.
By these counts I reckon the Nine team compare well. Richie Benaud is
still the best and I will stop what I am doing to listen to him. Ian
Chappell and Mark Taylor seem to be modelling themselves on Benaud and
I rate them almost as good. Chappell especially often makes points I
hadn't thought of before and is almost always worth listening to.
Bill Lawry and Tony Greig are less my cup of tea personally. But both
are excellent broadcasters. Greig in particular is an entertainer, and
you need someone to provide a mix.
Ian Healy I am less sure of. He seems to me to be less likely to make
an interesting point and he doesn't yet seem a natural broadcaster to
Ian Smith has been very good over the summer, making incisive remarks
and has a bubbly humour.
When I compare this as a team to NZ's current TV mob it's a hands-down
win to Nine. Gavin Larsen and Martin Crowe always rely on pat phrases,
will never say anything critical about the home side and never have an
interesting comment to make. Any humour extends far too long. (notice
how Richie's one liners are always just one line?) Ditto Willie Watson
and Danny Morrison. Larsen in particular is just not a broadcaster. He
is like someone doing an imitation of a TV commentary without a game
to watch. Having heard the English teams on Sky and C4 I wouldn't say
they were better than Nine either. There are some good individuals of
course. Geoffrey Boycott, love him or hate him, has guts, thinks hard
about the game and has that broadcasting ability. Sunil Gavaskar I
enjoy. There are others.
At the end of a summer it's natural to get a bit tired of these
voices... but I'd swap the Nine team for our NZ Sky team any day.