Hey cricket commentators, stop talking to players mid-game, ok?

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    Shane Warne drops Aaron Finch cold - doesn't make it into the Big Bash First XI (AAP Image/David Crosling)

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    The Big Bash League is a part of our lives now – and I’ve accepted that. Just like I’ve begrudgingly accepted that Apple’s domination of consumer electronics – and the world in general – is a part of modern-day life, and that e-cigarettes are a “thing” now.

    But it seems that television producers are not content to let the “cricket” speak for itself.

    As if we, the public, are not already over-sensitised enough, with all the sixes, “free hits” and dancing cheer-girls (not to mention the KFC “million dollar catch viewer competition”, for which I am speechless: I have no speech) but we must now have unadulterated access to the players’ thoughts in between balls.

    Obviously, television producers want to make us feel like we are part of the action. And part of this strategy is to attach microphones to select players – both batsmen and bowlers/fielders – and ask them a series of inane questions throughout the telecast.

    This does not make me feel a part of the action. Instead, it makes me lament society, technology and modern-life. Shit, even “life,” per se.

    Firstly, from a purely sport-related perspective, it cannot be good for a cricketer to have Ricky Ponting, Mark Waugh, Viv Richards and Mark ‘Howie’ Howard up in your grill during a match.

    And these guys, it must be said, are not blessed with Benaud-like timing – be assured that they’ll persist in talking to a player as the bowler is running in, which would likely disturb the cricketer’s concentration while simultaneously annoying the viewer.

    But secondly – and most importantly, for mine – do we need, or even want, to know what is going on in the mind of a cricketer?

    Can’t we have a little mystery anymore? In this age of explicit and illicit, rampant status updates/tweeting, and Snapchat, sometimes we crave a little mystique.

    I don’t want to hear Dave Warner talk us through his shot selection while batting; not just for the fact that it doesn’t interest me in the slightest, but more because I have no desire to see him as a human being, with real human instincts and emotions.

    He is there purely for entertainment purposes and should never, ever, under any circumstances, be asked to speak in a public forum – especially one where he is under pressure and has little time to filter his speech.

    If Channel 10 is to continue bugging the hell out of the Big Bash players, then the least they could do is make the questions slightly interesting. Newsflash: T20 cricket is ACTUALLY NOT REALLY THAT TACTICAL, so perhaps they could take the liberty to actually get to know the players, rather than just asking them what they think the pitch is doing, which we as viewers can already tell for ourselves.

    I’d be far more interested in Dirk Nannes’ Dutch heritage and former life as a professional mogul skier than whether he thinks 140 is a “defendable total on this pitch.”

    I’d also actually like to hear Ajantha Mendis’ talk about his active military service as a gunner in the Sri Lanka Artillery – you know, that kind of thing would actually interest me.

    If this is the “future” of cricket, then send me back to the 1980s.

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    • January 15th 2014 @ 12:18pm
      Mr Greenbag said | January 15th 2014 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

      Agree with comments mate!

    • January 15th 2014 @ 12:49pm
      Mitcher said | January 15th 2014 @ 12:49pm | ! Report

      Insights gained last night: Aaron Finch says “C’mon boys” a lot when encouraging his team.

    • January 15th 2014 @ 12:57pm
      Pope Paul VII said | January 15th 2014 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

      I like it.

      While it could be inconsiderate talking to a fielder while the bowlers running in, cricket’s a pretty talky game. Crapping on to your team mates, joking about is all part of the fun. Someone else joining in is no big deal.

      The way the aussies were talking in the test series it was an absolute gabfest.

      It’s funny too. Dave Warner galloped through a breezy 50 all miked up, the commentators asked his partner Khawaja something serious about Dave ‘s imparting his new found confidence and wisdom. Usi laughed and said something like Davey was too busy chatting to do any imparting!

      I suppose the test is when the miked one does balls one up directly following a convo.

    • Roar Guru

      January 15th 2014 @ 1:33pm
      Chris Kettlewell said | January 15th 2014 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

      Worse than that is interviewing the just dismissed batsman. Seriously! I play cricket and I know the last thing any batsman would want right after getting out is to have a microphone shoved in his face and lot’s of stupid questions asked!

      And asking a guy who’s in the team purely as a batsman about what the bowlers are trying to do is also completely stupid, yet they keep doing it over and over again.

    • January 15th 2014 @ 1:34pm
      Peaches said | January 15th 2014 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

      I find it entertaining and a good insight. I thank the players for taking this on.

      • Roar Pro

        January 15th 2014 @ 1:58pm
        Dave Edwards said | January 15th 2014 @ 1:58pm | ! Report

        I believe you are the most positive person to have ever commented on this website, congratulations.

    • January 15th 2014 @ 1:40pm
      Ken said | January 15th 2014 @ 1:40pm | ! Report

      As David “Bumble” Lloyd has said, T20 is not cricket, it is entertainment using cricket equipment. I really don’t think the administrators of the game realise what damage they are doing to the young boys watching this. They are going to grow up thinking that hitting sixes is what the game is all about, and in ten years we will have no players coming up that understand how to build an innings in the longer forms of the game. This is starting to appear in the current test side already.

      • January 15th 2014 @ 9:39pm
        ozinsa said | January 15th 2014 @ 9:39pm | ! Report

        I don’t believe this to be true. I really think some players are good at slogging and some are not. Ed Cowan and Jordan Silk (by way of example only) are guys whose primary focus is on technique and who aren’t particularly attractive to T20 sides. If they spend any time playing the short stuff they may improve their ability to play shots and their fielding but I don’t think a guy with a good technique will suddenly lose those skills.