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Old 18th October 2015, 11:49   #4041
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Great stuff from Rashid yesterday. Is his 1st innings/2nd innings zero/hero turnaround historically significant anyone know?
Yes first time anyone has taken 0-100+ in the first innings followed by a MF in the 2nd innings.

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Old 24th October 2015, 13:25   #4042
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Rameez Raja may be a bit OTT but enjoying listening to the Pakistan commentators insights on the spinners. Alastair Cook would do well to watch Aamir Sohail's analysis of Rashid from the Verdict tonight.
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Rameez Raja makes me want to self harm. He strives to come up with some fancy words to describe the simplest of incidents or situations and ends up mixing together three different sentences that ultimately sounds ridiculous. In between he's forever stating the bleedin' obvious, waffling on and on and on and on, boring me to tears with his inane drivel. I hate the bloke with a passion.
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Old 24th October 2015, 13:26   #4043
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Rameez Raja makes me want to self harm. He strives to come up with some fancy words to describe the simplest of incidents or situations and ends up mixing together three different sentences that ultimately sounds ridiculous. In between he's forever stating the bleedin' obvious, waffling on and on and on and on, boring me to tears with his inane drivel. I hate the bloke with a passion.
I quite like his accent but you are right. He literally talks nonsense on occasions.
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Old 24th October 2015, 14:03   #4044
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Gone are the days, when there was nothing worthwhile to say, that commentators kept their traps shut.

Any inanity now is seen as better than silence. Botham even comes out with inanities at times when there is something to say.
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Old 2nd November 2015, 07:20   #4045
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I'm not convinced Trott has a clue what he's talking about half the time.
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Old 4th November 2015, 09:54   #4046
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must say i find it a relief Swann's been rested for this test.
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Old 5th January 2016, 16:43   #4048
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must say i find it a relief Swann's been rested for this test.
Me too. Although I have been missing his excellent impersonations. He's good when he's pretending to be someone else.
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Old 5th January 2016, 17:45   #4049
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Think he's still finding the balance between analysis and overdoing it with his own opinion...

That's being charitable because he comes across as an arse, especially when he's criticising players. No worse than Boycs I guess
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Old 5th January 2016, 20:19   #4050
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Glad I am working for the next two games... I can avoid Blowers who is coming out later!
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Old 5th January 2016, 20:39   #4051
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Think he's still finding the balance between analysis and overdoing it with his own opinion...

That's being charitable because he comes across as an arse, especially when he's criticising players. No worse than Boycs I guess
I'm not happy that he seems to want to end Anderson's career as soon as possible, starting with resting him from key games to 'prolong his career' and saying things like the best bowler he knew was Sidebottom. Is Swann a bit miffed that his great friend is still playing for England while he is stuck in a commentators' box? At the time of Swann's retirement shock, didn't he try to persuade Anderson to retire at the same time, like a lovers' suicide pact?

Other than that I thought he was doing quite well as a commentator but recently we are hearing a bit too much of his own opinion. He's also been having a go at Compton for slow scoring but was proved totally wrong at the end of the Durban match. To be fair he did have the grace to admit it.
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Old 5th January 2016, 21:53   #4052
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I'm not happy that he seems to want to end Anderson's career as soon as possible, starting with resting him from key games to 'prolong his career' and saying things like the best bowler he knew was Sidebottom. Is Swann a bit miffed that his great friend is still playing for England while he is stuck in a commentators' box? At the time of Swann's retirement shock, didn't he try to persuade Anderson to retire at the same time, like a lovers' suicide pact?

Other than that I thought he was doing quite well as a commentator but recently we are hearing a bit too much of his own opinion. He's also been having a go at Compton for slow scoring but was proved totally wrong at the end of the Durban match. To be fair he did have the grace to admit it.
He does seem to spend a lot of time sounding 'concerned about Jimmy', but then I suppose JA has missed a couple of big Tests now so there's bound to be some speculation. This didn't strike me as being as annoying as his criticism of Compton, though you're right to point out that he did apologise for it which is something...

Maybe a lot of the problem is that he isn't distanced enough from the current crop of players in the England side, so when he criticises a Compton or talks about Anderson we can see/imagine that his personal experiences with players are getting in the way.
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That's it exactly. He is still too close, emotionally, probably, and although he retired of his own volition (? Probably) he might still feel a few pangs at not being involved.
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Old 5th January 2016, 22:08   #4054
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That's it exactly. He is still too close, emotionally, probably, and although he retired of his own volition (? Probably) he might still feel a few pangs at not being involved.
If we had a half decent replacement he might not be so bitter! That assumes of course he really was as injured as he claimed.
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I'm not happy that he seems to want to end Anderson's career as soon as possible, starting with resting him from key games to 'prolong his career' and saying things like the best bowler he knew was Sidebottom. Is Swann a bit miffed that his great friend is still playing for England while he is stuck in a commentators' box? At the time of Swann's retirement shock, didn't he try to persuade Anderson to retire at the same time, like a lovers' suicide pact?

Other than that I thought he was doing quite well as a commentator but recently we are hearing a bit too much of his own opinion. He's also been having a go at Compton for slow scoring but was proved totally wrong at the end of the Durban match. To be fair he did have the grace to admit it.
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Although at least by retiring first he's deprived us of Jimmy in the coms box (or coma box as autocorrect wanted).
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I'm not keen on Ashwell Prince - his voice really grates on me.
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I'm not keen on Ashwell Prince - his voice really grates on me.
Wondered who it was. In the verdict they went on about the batting but said little about England's headless chicken type bowling in the morning where they conceded 44 runs in 10 overs. If as likely the test is close those runs could decide it.
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Old 16th January 2016, 10:50   #4058
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Why does the SA coverage insist on adding a little 'duff' noise in slow motion replays? I thought it was a real sound, until I realised it was the same in every replay.
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Why does the SA coverage insist on adding a little 'duff' noise in slow motion replays? I thought it was a real sound, until I realised it was the same in every replay.
Annoying isn't it? I don't that it's exclusive to the SA coverage though. I thought they were doing it in England this summer.
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Why does the SA coverage insist on adding a little 'duff' noise in slow motion replays? I thought it was a real sound, until I realised it was the same in every replay.
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Annoying isn't it? I don't that it's exclusive to the SA coverage though. I thought they were doing it in England this summer.
This might be a really stupid question but what is this duff sound?
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