Commentary

Turn down the telly, turn up the radio

There was a time when cricket fans felt TV commentary wasn't descriptive enough. Now its verbosity makes us turn back to the radio

Hayden the hard yakker

Aka the finest wordsmith from the planet of Australia

Meet Ricky the broadcaster

Ponting's debut on Channel Ten and his grilling of Kevin Pietersen hold out hope that cricket has found a high-calibre new TV voice

The cons of miking up players

Getting players to commentate on their strategies from the field could invite mischief and corruption

Jim Maxwell: Radio commentary's tireless doyen

Having graced the airwaves for more than four decades, he is a broadcasting institution on par with Benaud, despite not having played at senior level

Commentary boxes need succession plans too

Channel Nine should work to maintain the standards that its best broadcasters - Benaud and Chappell - have set, rather than encourage a frat-house environment

Cricket Commentary

Commentary without context

Mukul Kesavan, in India's Telegraph, says cricket commentators get caught up in cliched explanations

When cricket crackled

Listening to radio commentary required you to construct an image from the words you heard and create a rich movie of the match in your mind's eye

Pakistan news

Qamar Ahmed's special quadruple

Freelance cricket writer and commentator Qamar Ahmed completes his 400th Test as a reporter, at which point he has been to 19% of all Tests every played