January 3, 2007

A man who needs no introduction

Gideon Haigh

It was hard to imagine Johnny Carson without Ed McMahon’s preamble: ‘And now, heeeeere’s Johnny.’ But does the world’s greatest Test wicket-taker really need an introduction as elaborate as he received today? Having given his hat to the umpire, dropped his bowling disc on the ground and begun the disposition of his forces, the SCG announcer thundered: ‘Change of bowling at the Randwick End. Ladies and gentlemen, would you please make welcome…[wait for it]…Shane Warne!’ Was this to distinguish him from Shane Watson, perhaps? It’s fair to say that this was not a talent the announcer confined to Warne. When play resumed after rain, the umpires were greeted like long lost friends. ‘Ladies and gentleman, please welcome onto the SCG, Aleem Dar…and Billy Bowden.’ Such was the pause between the first and second names that one half expected Aleem Dar…and Sir Richard Branson. Not as silly as it sounds.

Gideon Haigh is a cricket historian and writer

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Posted by PCT on (January 3, 2007, 10:25 GMT)

You really have to be at the ground to appreciate how this guy delivers his ground announcements. I'm sure he has practised his delivery method by viewing old episodes of 'The Price is Right'. In addition, the SCG Trust have pushed his volume level over the loudspeakers to max. The twenty twenty match following this test will just about have a ball by ball commentary by this nitwit.

Bring back Lex Marinos.

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Gideon Haigh
Born in London of a Yorkshire father, raised in Australia by a Tasmanian mother, Gideon Haigh lives in Melbourne with a cat, Trumper. He has written 19 books and edited a further seven. He is also a life member and perennial vice-president of the South Yarra CC.

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