Friday, September 02, 2005

First we lost John Arlott, truly the voice of cricket and a man who knew the value of silence as part of television cricket commentary. Then Johnners joined the great umpire in the sky. His hilarious 'leg-over' commentary with 'Aggers' recently won a Radio 5 competition for the best sporting commentary.... (you can listen to it here). Now the third 'great' in cricket's commentary team is packing away his microphone after next weekend's Test Match. Richie Benaud was a great Aussie spin bowler when I was a kid, and I mean great. But as a commentator he has become a legend in his own lifetime, and three cheers to him for turning his back on Murdoch's money.