I wonder if Michael Slater has talked his way out of the Channel Nine commentary team.
Twice today he called “great shot” when batsmen hit catches. It’s obviously not a great shot if the hitter gets out.
I liked Slater’s daring as a batsman, but he’s a pretty ordinary commentator, in my opinion.
He doesn’t give any significant insight, is never incisive and makes mistakes.
It begs the question whether retired sporting stars should be parachuted into the commentary box or earn the right through actual media skills.
I think Slater feels a need to keep talking when he really should learn to keep his mouth closed.
The great commentators, like Richie Benaud, have mastered the art of timing; when to speak and when not to.
Cricket on television isn’t like football, which needs a kick-by-kick call. It’s more like golf. The viewer can see what’s happening, knows the players and wants analysis.
I like TV commentators to describe field placings, captaincy decisions and statistics. They should discuss tactical aspects of the game, which is something Ian Chappell does very well.
Slater today was clumsy, way too quick off the mark. It was embarrassing.
He always seems to be hyping up the game, willing Australia to create something out of nothing.
I tweeted the first stuff-up, when David Hussey hit a soft catch to point.
Everyone makes mistakes, so I could forgive him that one. It was surreal when it happened again an hour later involving James Hopes.