Don’t know what the B.B.C. are up to with Test Match Special but it makes you think their trying to get more people to buy Sky so they can point to lower listening figures as an excuse to drop test match coveage.
How else can you explain the cretins they are giving the commentating jobs to. For every decent choice, Phil Tuffnell – who thought Scruffers would make a decent job at it? – there’s a Mark Saggers, Arlo White – best search term to find this site recently “Arlo White, why?” – and now Mark Pougatch. Three of the most irritating non stop wafflers about, is this a dress rehearsal to find an ideal replacement for that buffoon Blofeld?
But at least that muppet doesn’t repeatedly tell those that played at the top level how the game should be played. Lost count the amount of times that new addition to the cretin ranks Pougatch backtacked from his views once he’d been corrected by the likes of Sir Geoffrey, oh if Fred was still around that would be fun to listen to. And his repeated stories of being taken to Lord’s as a kid had the whiff of Tony Blair’s stints sitting at the Gallowgate end at St James Park watching Wor Jackie 🙄
So a dull final three days is made even worse by a commentating combination of Pougatch and Mike Selvey and his constant sniffing. Someone by him some Vicks and a box of tissues, cause that sniff, sniff, sniff, really grates, I really do dislike constant sniffers, so much so I have been known to let them know in the strongest terms.
I won’t start on that screeching bint and her insipid “views from the boundary”, except to say the logo on my mute button is wearing off.
Could also have done without the usually excellent Aggers going on and on and on about Flintoff returning. Don’t think he’d have made much difference against the South Africans, he didn’t the other year in a similar situation against Sri Lanka, bowling himself into the ground, he doesn’t really run through sides in situations like that.
Yes I would pick him for the next test, if Broad and Sidebottom are fit, it’s a direct replacement for Collingwood who realistically shouldn’t have played in this game. Is he only in the side because they don’t want to drop the one day captain? Ah five bowlers but that weakens the batting as Freddie’s batting isn’t what it should be but it is that any different from what you’re getting from Collingwood the way he’s played recently, even if he hadn’t got a dodgy one in this game does anyone think he’d have put up a decent score?
So Fred for Colingwood and I’d have Simon Jones in for Anderson. Jones does rip through teams, he can swing it both ways and has good pace and I’m sick of all the excuses and reasons made for Anderson. The latest one being he didn’t go for many this time round, lies, damn lies and statistics. The Boks didn’t need to score just stay in so they didn’t waft about at any of his usual wide or far too short rubbish. How many of his wickets have come from rank bad balls. Much like Harmison he puts in one decent match and lives off that for the rest of the series and beyond