7th February 2014
Military Mediums – audio/visual highlights
Clips to the on-side.
With so much to feel despondent about in cricket lately, it’s great to come across something that genuinely gives you a lift and puts a smile on your face.
Back in 1993, the BBC’s freshly faced new Cricket Correspondent, Jonathan Agnew was owed a leg-pull by Test Match Special’s senior commentator, Brian Johnston. So Johnston set up this prank: a fake TV interview for Agnew – asking former England fast bowler, Fred Trueman and former Warwickshire seamer, Jack Bannister (who were both in on the mischief) why England couldn’t find a fast bowler. This is the result.
And while we’re recalling Johnners and Aggers, it’s an excuse to remind ourselves again of the classic ‘leg-over’ incident.
Notwithstanding (or perhaps thanks to!) these ‘disasters’, Agnew has been the BBC’s Correspondent for over 20 years now. And yesterday he was one of those who questioned England’s new Chief Selector, his former Leicestershire team-mate, James Whitaker about Kevin Pietersen’s axing from their international side, as he announced the touring squad for the upcoming tour of the West Indies.
Whitaker was doing the rounds on Thursday, and appeared at ease before the cameras for the ECB’s in-house channel; and totally at sea, floundering and drowning under a tide of questions from Sky Sports’ Tim Abraham.
Also seemingly lost are two Ugandan cricketers, who have disappeared in New Zealand since the end of the ICC World Cup qualifiers, when their side finished bottom, losing all 6 games.
From the lost, to the victorious: the Perth Scorchers have won this year’s Big Bash in Australia, and you can see highlights from the final here.
More highlights, this time from the ongoing Nagico Super50 tournament in the Caribbean, can be found at the West Indies Cricket TV channel on Youtube; along with a couple of ads for the upcoming tour by England. And there are plenty of after-match interviews available to listen to on the WICB’s SoundCloud page.
Still with the Super50 highlights, here’s something remarkable: Ireland’s Stuart Thompson handles the ball, and no-one appeals! Here’s another who got away with it: Dean Jones. And here’s several who didn’t: Mohinder Armanath; Graham Gooch; Daryll Cullinan and Steve Waugh.
It’s tough for umpires. And the ECB has a short film focusing upon the standards set by English county officials (which includes a few brief words from my good friend, John Holder).
And one final dismissal: Shane Warne’s 700th, in a nice featurette by Cricket Australia.
Warne, along with Sachin Tendulkar, has agreed to appear as a captain at Lord’s in July to mark the 200th anniversary of the present site of the cricket ground, when MCC will play a Rest of the World XI. A nice little animation depicts how Lord’s has developed in those 200 years.
And while on the subject of cricket venues, here’s a marvellous interview from early last year: the Cricket Couch’s Subash Jayaram talks to Peter Chismon, who ‘collects’ cricket grounds the world over. And while we’re delving into Subash’s back catalogue, here’s his conversation with Tony Cozier from last September.
And finally, a return to reality. Peter Miller, Freddie Wilde and Gideon Haigh discuss Sunday’s upcoming ICC meeting, which is likely to ratify the ‘Big 3’ draft proposal. Gideon’s latest thoughts on the issue can be found here.