Joined: 31/03/2017 02:56:23
Channel Nine Jersey cricket commentary
Channel Nine last week announced that “Australia’s favourite voices of the summer” would commentate the 2017-18 Ashes series. According to Nine, they are: Bill Lawry, Ian Healy, Michael Slater, Mark Taylor, Ian Chappell, Michael Clarke and Shane Warne (with Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen to appear Pat Lafontaine Womens Jersey later to make up the English component of the team). The Englishman Mark Nicholas will anchor.
In case the monotony isn’t evident upon reading, Wide World of Sports helpfully posted a photo on social media of the eight white men in various shades Dikembe Mutombo Womens Jersey of blue and black suits. Unsurprisingly, the photo went on to draw the ire of an especially acerbic Twitter audience.
There are a host of highly-qualified, popular women who commentate and have successfully navigated both women’s and men’s cricket. They include, but are not limited to, Mel Jones, Lisa Sthalekar, Alison Mitchell, Charlotte Edwards, Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent and Isa Guha.
Jones and Sthalekar are established expert commentators and former Australian cricketers (Sthalekar a former captain), Mitchell is a one-time Sports Journalism Association Broadcaster of the Year, Edwards is a former England women’s cricket captain, commentator and coach with the Adelaide Strikers, and Guha and Rainford-Brent are former English cricketers. Additionally, Rainford-Brent was the first black woman to play for England, while Guha is of Bengali descent, Jones is of http://www.officialbillsnflauthentics.com/bills+colton+schmidt+jersey West Indian descent and Sthalekar is Indian-born.
In other words, all of these women bring extensive experience in playing and analysing the game, while they are also culturally and ethnically diverse.
Cleverly, Jones and Sthalker have been snapped up by ABC Grandstand, while Guha will represent Triple M, Mitchell BT Sport, ABC and the BBC and Rainford-Brent the BBC. These broadcasters are slowly but surely moving with the times. Even if those arrangements had been made prior to any approach from Nine, Edwards (among others) was likely also available. Some may argue that Channel Nine has only used commentators from the touring side’s home country – Waqar Zaka has, for example, commentated Pakistan Tests and Ian Smith New Zealand’s – but all these women also meet that unspoken policy. Nine is now an outlier persisting with a line-up that is out of touch with public perception .
To put aside for the moment the question of gender, however, it is worth considering how much more diverse the commentary team could be if that unspoken policy was also reviewed. Then, names like the popular Michael Holding (former West Indies player ) or Harsha Bhogle Colton Sceviour Jersey (who has recently returned to the commentary box) might also be considered. At the very least, Holding and Bhogle would provide some international perspective http://www.officialcolumbusbluejackets.com/Adidas-Sam-Gagner-Jersey on one of cricket’s oldest and most enthralling rivalries.
Perhaps one of the most disappointing aspects of retaining the same old team is that, together, they churn out what fans have come to expect from white Australian blokes talking sport – a particular brand of middle-aged male banter that has been described as the stuff of “embarrassing dads”.