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Is it Time for Billy Birmingham to Assume His Rightful Position?
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Is it Time for Billy Birmingham to Assume His Rightful Position?

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A reality check needed for Nines commentary team.

Can someone please tell me how much longer we have to put up with the current crop of Channel Nines commentary team??

Seriously. Anyone? From my couch, unfortunately, it looks like a bloody long time yet. There certainly aren’t too many cricket purists that would give many pats on the back to this mob. (They probably don’t care since they spend most of the day patting each other on the back.)

They all look too young to be going anywhere and also lack personality to actually contribute…. It seems like a lifetime ago that we could rely on Tony Grieg and Bill Lawry to give each other a solid ribbing when required.

These days its “remember when Heals….ha ha….” And “What about Binga…..ha ha….” Oh and “don’t forget how warnie…. Ha ha…” Give me a break. Take your heads out of each others arse for five minutes and just talk cricket.

I know it’s a long day at the office, but it’s your job. You get rotated often enough to save your best material and let rip for 10 overs. It’s just seems like half of the guys are in semi-retirement and the public is paying with their sanity.

I would have no way of counting how often people say to me, “if the ABC didn’t have the slight delay, I would just listen to that…”

Channel nine has also reduced or basically eliminated the guest commentators. I know they get the odd one on here and there, but there was a day when we would get comprehensive commentary representing the touring team. We would get insights to the young players coming through, the trials and tribulations of the game in their country and so forth.

Listening to Healy justify Haddins drop catch at Cardiff was painful. Yes we appreciate your insight into the movement and set up of a wicket keeper, but sometimes just take off your Australia cap and say he stuffed up. No one is going to actually give Haddin a tough time for dropping it, we have watched him throw himself around like a goal keeper and take some absolute screamers in the last two years, and his mistakes are minimal. This time was just a stuff up.

While I have the platform, I need to know what Brett Lee actually contributes. His comments could be coming from anyone that has watched test cricket for an extended period of time, but delivered void of any interest.

Mark Taylor has his moments, but gets dragged down quickly by the rest of the pelicans. Poor Chappelli tries so hard to deliver content to get spoken over by someone who just wants to hand out a back rub to a former team mate.

As much as listening to Clarke rubs me the wrong way a lot of the time, his brief stint in the box a while back was insightful. Maybe a little bit too insightful at times, it really felt like we were getting the inside secrets of the dressing room, but as a result his content was gripping. I remember being completely involved for the first time in so long.

My vote is firmly with the 12th man taking a leaf from his ‘Boned’ album and taking over from the lot!

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