I never could get the hang of Thursdays

Test Match Special
06/06/2010, 10:22 pm
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No other sports commentary is quite like it. When you have a game that can last upto five days there’s no point rushing things. It creates the perfect background noise for that barbecue, your report that needs to be done or just reading the paper. Imagine it alike to radio four, spoken word, opinions, but still commentary of the cricket running at a snails pace.

“Are you a fan of the theatre Geoffrey?” “Not especially, John” “England on 213 for three”

You get more detail about the weather than any other forecast, better guests than Jonathon Ross, the best cricketing advice and history, batting averages and jargon than any other casual radio program. Not to mention the best theme music (nice bit from the Blues Brothers on the end of that clip).

Just by listening you’ll soon know what three slips, a gully, backward short leg, mid off and mid on mean. It seeps in through your ears into a big cricket cavity in your brain, leaving you wanting more, eager to know if we’re going to enforce the follow-on.

It is the ultimate in easy listening. The voice of Yorkshireman Geoffrey Boycott justifying every second of airtime he takes, dispensing cricketing knowledge and advice to the captains, recalling in detail old matches which he played in, players and test series’.

There’s nothing like it.


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