Channel 9 In Full Flight

The Channel 9 guys have some of the best callers of all time, in Benaud and Chappell, but to hear Lawry, Slater, Taylor, Healy and Greig all summer when Australia is at the height of their powers is to behold truly breathtaking sycophancy. 

Here though, with history mere minutes away they sat in stony silence,  uncharacteristically struck dumb as South Africa closed in on a most momentous victory. Anyone wondering how voluble they’d be here if it was Australia chasing down the second highest fourth innings score OF ALL TIME?! It’s terrifying to imagine the cackles and wheedling praise.

It was a truly amazing effort by South Africa, raw belief and hunger, and a determination to see exactly how far this Australian side can be pushed. Johnson aside, the cupboard looks frighteningly bare, and you know if Ponting’s caling some of his side “passengers” then blood will be spilt before long.

This series could be an all time great. We’ll be watching.

– Duncan



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10 responses to “Channel 9 In Full Flight

  1. Hey, I the video you put out shows the actions in between overs. The commentators know that between overs the TV station cuts for advertisements and hence do not speak. I do not think Tony Greig and company are so partison. I have heard them commentating in India and never are they partial. In fact I have observed them to be much more impartial than even our own commentators.

  2. I’m aware that it was between overs, but frequently they pause momentarily before continuing, aware that the international audience stays on. They really were having trouble calling this what it was – a complete destruction. I think Greig’s the best of that bad bunch, but the rest are awful, impartiality is not what they’re hired for, or even capable of achieving.

  3. Mark

    Paraphrasing Smithy from Napier at some point on the fourth day; ‘I wonder if Ian Healy took off the skirt and put down the pom-poms long enough to congratulate South Africa on the victory.’ Amazing commentary from a true professional. I believe Triplicani’s views on the subjectivity of India’s commentators has more to do with the politics and fanaticism involved in the game in the subcontinent rather than the one-eyed ass-licking provided by the channel 9 cheerleaders.

  4. Possible Duncan. I have to go with your version and no other option 🙂 . I have only followed the game at and you have watched the thrash live.

    It is disappointing however to hear that the renowned commentators were so partial.

  5. I’m glad someone said, its been painful listening to them. You forgot Mark Nicholas who’s been just as bad, its sometimes hard to believe he’s English! Slater and Healy have neither the voice nor the wit but we all know the one thing they’re not short of.
    Lawry’s “Oh he’s OUT, gottem great catch, oh its gone for four, I thought Lee had held on to that” said it all, they’d almost started hallucinating the victory.
    Mark, Ian Smith’s comment is a classic!

  6. That is a truly special quote Mark, Smith can turn it on when he gets disgusted enough. And @achettup: regarding Nicholas, I agree, and am perhaps most disappointed by him, as he seems to have a modicum of talent. The rest of the 9 team are a great advertisement for keeping sportsmen away from a microphone (did guys like Ron Snowden, Neil Manthorp and Alan Mac play sport to any great level – or are they just great at talking about it?), unless, like Coney or Mystery, they display a peculiar aptitude for the pursuit. But Nicholas genuinely seems capable of insight, and possessed of a certain intellect, so to hear it sublimated into just an accent-variation on the waves of bullshit emanating from his colleagues is doubly depressing.

  7. Henry

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  8. deadball

    Wow. That was some pretty innocuous footage to be claiming. Guess I’ll have to be careful how I tag it in future.

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