Brian Johnston      

Full name Brian Alexander Johnston

Born June 24, 1912, Little Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

Died January 5, 1994, Westminster, London (aged 81 years 195 days)

Also known as Johnners

Playing role Wicketkeeper

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Other Commentator, Journalist, Author

Education Eton College: Oxford University

Relation Grandson - N Oldridge

Brian Alexander Johnston
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Brian Alexander Johnston, CBE, MC, who died on January 5, 1994, aged 81, was among the best-known and best-loved of all cricket broadcasters. Along with John Arlott, who died in 1991, he was the central figure of BBC's Test Match Special and responsible for its unique style. Brian Johnston's major contribution to the game was to maintain that it was wholly fun, like life itself; cricketers were never incompetent, they were always unlucky ( He's just dropped three catches, poor chap). This could only be a partial view of cricket and his broadcasting thus never had the richness or depth of Arlott's. But he was a tremendous all-round professional-among the greatest ad-lib outside broadcasters - who upheld his standards and his enthusiasm until his heart attack a month before he died. Even then, he was on his way to do another edition of his one-man touring show, An Evening with Johnners. He was mourned by many millions.

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May 23, 1989

BBC commentators Fred Trueman, Christopher Martin-Jenkins and Brian Johnston eat cake, London, May 23, 1989

BBC commentators Fred Trueman, Christopher Martin-Jenkins and Brian Johnston eat cake

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Apr 19, 1971

Commentator Brian Johnston conducts the victorious England squad in a rendition of

Commentator Brian Johnston conducts the victorious England squad in a rendition of "The Ashes Song" at the Decca studio in London

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Apr 19, 1971

Brian Johnston conducts the English team in a rendition of 'The Ashes Song', London, April 19, 1971

Brian Johnston conducts the English team in a rendition of 'The Ashes Song'

© Getty Images

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Awarded CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire)

Country Fixtures Country Results
3rd Investec Test: England v India at Southampton - Jul 27-31
England 569/7d India 323/8
Group B: Kent v Durham at Canterbury - Jul 29
Kent won by 2 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Group B: Warwickshire v Sussex at Birmingham - Jul 29
Warwickshire won by 118 runs
Group B: Glamorgan v Notts at Cardiff
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Group B: Durham v Warwickshire at Gosforth
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Group A: Gloucs v Hampshire at Bristol
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Group B: Middlesex v Surrey at Lord's
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Northants v NZ A at Northampton
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Group B: Somerset v Kent at Taunton
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Group A: Worcs v Derbyshire at Worcester
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Yorkshire v Sri Lanka A at Leeds
Jul 31, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
Group A: Essex v Leics at Chelmsford
Jul 31, 2014 (14:00 local | 13:00 GMT | 09:00 EDT | 08:00 CDT | 06:00 PDT)
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