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Take A Bow: Sky's Cricket Commentary team

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There was a kerfuffle involving England, Pakistan and an umpire called Darrell Hair back in August 2006 when he accused the Pakistan bowlers of ball tampering and all hell was let lose. The Sky commentary team with not one professional journalist amongst them didn't know what to do and coverage of the incident was poor as they panicked and failed to ask the right questions. It wasn't a matter that they were too close to the game it was just they didn't know the Laws well enough (nor do I suspect did the production team) In 2010, when three Pakistan cricketers were involved in spot betting and suspended, Sky surprisingly, other than an aside, did not remind viewers of the 2006 case.

One year on and the Sky cricket commentary team is probably the best in the world though they could do with a journalist or historian acting as an occasional third man. In this cross dressing media era, it is silly to keep the two divided especially when they collide in the twitter-sphere. The addition of Shane Warne has been outstanding; David Lloyd is already an English icon; Beefy and Nasser have a love-hate relationship with honours even and Mickey and Athers add that extra dimension with Gower surprisingly given the hole to fill between innings and at lunch and tea: maybe he is the weakest of them all. 

The support packages of graphics is simply outstanding as are the cameramen and women and production crew on the replays. In Hi-Def, you feel you are at the ground.


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