CLASSIC COMMENTARY

Commentary can be a tough business. You never quite know what's going to happen next, but
have to instantly think of how to describe it as you see it. But unfortunately when you do, there
can occasionally be some .... alternative meanings. Oops!!!!

"Yorkshire 232 all out, Hutton ill - I'm sorry, Hutton 111." - John Snagge, BBC News

"Ray Illingworth has just relieved himself at the pavilion end." - Brian Johnston, BBC Radio

"Welcome to Worcester where you've just missed seeing Barry Richards hitting one of Basil
D'Oliveira's balls clean out of the ground." - Brian Johnston, BBC Radio


"He's usually a good puller - but he couldn't get it up that time." - Richie Benaud, Channel 9

"If you go in with two fast bowlers and one breaks down, you're left two short." - Bob Massie, ABC
Radio

"This game will be over any time from now." - Alan McGilvray, ABC Radio

"It is important for Pakistan to take wickets if they are going to make big inroads into this
Australian batting line-up." - Max Walker, Channel 9

"Glenn McGrath joins Craig McDermott and Paul Reiffel in a three-ponged prace attack." - Tim
Gavel, ABC News

"In the back of Hughes' mind must be the thought that he will dance down the piss and mitch one."
- Tony Greig, Channel 9

"It's been very slow and dull day, but it hasn't been boring. It's been a good, entertaining day's
cricket." - Tony Benneworth, ABC Radio

"It was close for Zaheer, Lawson threw his hands in the air and Marsh threw his head in the air." -
Jack Potter, 3UZ
"Laird has been brought in to stand in the corner of the circle." - Richie Benaud, Channel 9

"On the first day, Logie decided to chance his arm and it came off." - Trevor Bailey, Radio 3

"He didn't quite manage to get his leg over." - Jonathan Agnew, after Botham had spun
around off balance and tried to step over the wicket unsuccessfully, BBC

Interviewer: Do you feel that the selectors and yourself have been vindicated by the result?
Mike Gatting: I don't think the press are vindictive. They can write what they want.

"There was a slight interruption there for athletics." - Richie Benaud, referring to a streaker at
Lord's, BBC TV

And my all-time favourite piece of cricket commentary ever:
"The bowler's Holding, the batsman's Willey." - Brian Johnston, BBC