It seems to me that Sky's regular team of commentators are
collectively getting better, but individually their performance is in
inverse proportion to their ability as cricketers. In descending order
of ability with a microphone:
1. Paul Allot. (9/10)
Incisive comments, thoughtful and with insight. Not afraid either to
praise or blame.
2. Mark Nicholas. (8/10)
Genial, with a nice turn of phrase. Tries a little too hard to see the
good in everyone.
3. Bob Willis. (4/10)
Seems to be permanently disgusted with everything he sees. Another
Fred Truman in the making.
4. Ian Botham (2/10)
Mumbling, incoherent, cliche-ridden. Clearly bored most of the time.
The excitable Charles Colville seems, thank goodness, to have been
given a more peripheral role. He is much better as an interviewer than
Ian Smith has been a breath of fresh air on the New Zealand leg of the
tour - the only one who has dared to suggest on air that he might have
a sense of humour!