The best cricket commentary ever

Malcolm Knox writes in the Sydney Morning Herald about Chris Rogers and his century:

But on a two-paced, up-and-down fourth-day wicket, a batsman needed luck, and nobody could say Rogers didn’t deserve a slice. He inside-edged Ben Stokes past his off-stump, and survived a low edge off Broad after lunch. Yet his innings was notable less for the nicks and nudges than for the sparkling strokeplay. Rogers always drives well down the ground, and he leaned into the ball with his trademark minimalism, no backlift, no follow-through, just a twinkle of a weight shift and the ball was somehow racing, again, through the field. 

There was also a cracking hook shot, straight into the ground, off James Anderson, but the truly memorable stroke of this innings was Rogers’ late cut, played more off the front foot than the back. Eight of his 13 boundaries came from this stroke, which displayed intelligence and adaptability. England’s seamers realised the folly of overpitching to Rogers, so they tried to tease him outside the off stump with a slightly shorter length. He knew that the only edges that would carry to slips would come from full-blooded drives or cuts, so he steered the ball subtly, safely, with hands as boneless as a Labor Party handshake. Only Ian Bell plays the late cut this well, and not recently.

Heh.

About the only Labour person with a decent handshake here is Mike Williams, and you certainly count all your fingers after shaking his hand, to see if they are still there.

  • thor42

    I always loved Tony Greig’s commentary.
    “Maaah-vellous”.

    Then there was the classic bit of commentary (I can’t remember who it was by…) –
    “The bowler’s Holding, the batsman’s Willey…”

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