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Rating the Fox Cricket commentators

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25th December, 2018
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Now that we have had a number of games to watch and listen we can now evaluate the performance of the Fox commentators.

Mark Howard
Has been a sporting anchor for years and has the necessary humour and professional skill to put the experts at ease.

Brendan Julian
Originally a well-credentialled cricketer from Western Australia Brendan is an essential part of the commentary team combining expertise with a relaxed and friendly manner. Tries to avoid controversy.

Mark Waugh
As a legendary Test cricketer, he combined sublime talent with infuriating lapses of concentration.

But as a commentator, he is unique – often making use of his experience as a selector with his wry and quirky sense of humour. Fox has a winner with his charismatic presence.

Mike Hussey
I loved him as a player. As a commentator not so much. At first, he aggravated with his upbeat high-pitched commentary.

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Enthusiasm is great but when it becomes cheerleading it is for me too much. He is toning it down, however, and getting better.

Michael Vaughan
Was also a highly rated English captain who had a fluid and attractive batting style.

As the English expert, his well thought out views add a welcome variety to the Aussie influence.

Not quite as interesting as Mark, but his opinions must be given weight

Kerry O’Keefe
Talk about offbeat – here we have the clown prince.

Kerry was a solid Test cricketer both as a leg-spinner and a late order batsman.


As a commentator, he is nothing like that.

Comparing Jason Sangha to a cross between Joe Root and Virat Kohli was outlandish and yet vintage Kerry.

His laugh or bray is hilarious and often stops normal commentary while everyone recovers.

He is the most interesting cricket commentator I have ever heard and congratulations to Fox for giving him a go.

Isa Guha
Is great to listen to. Her knowledge of Test cricket is equal to her better-known commentators, and her comments are pertinent and well thought out.

She handles interviews and panels equally well and her professionalism shines through at all times.

Allan Border? Has been around for years but adds huge credibility to the Fox coverage. As a legendary Australian Test skipper, Captain Grumpy is guaranteed to tell you his opinion in a forthright and direct way. He and Brendan have been hosting Fox cricket for some years and he is very comfortable as the resident guru Shane Warne
Fox hit the jackpot with him. Not only hugely knowledgeable about what makes a great cricketer he is often controversial and aggravates present day players.


Witness his forthright but accurate comments on Mitchell Starc.

His first Test performance in Adelaide with his wayward bowling aggravated us all – we only needed Shane to tell it like it is.

In the second Test in Perth we saw a more disciplined and effective bowler. I give Shane a lot of the credit for this.

The other thing about Warne is the clairvoyance he showed telling everybody how Nathan Lyon was going to take the wicket of Pujara- and he did just that.

Warnie, as a commentator, you are already a legend in my eyes.

In all, Fox has killed the Channel Seven commentary team in terms of interesting commentators, characters and general fun of viewing.