The Winged Shadow Posted December 27, 2014 Share Posted December 27, 2014 Another 100 for Smity. What a champ! I think Ian Healy is the worst as far as bias is concerned; he makes no bones about the fact that he wants Australia to win and thinks they're amazing compared to what every other team can put up. Mark Nicholas for some unusual reason is a massive Aussie cheerleader and Ian Chappell always comes across as an arrogant know-it-all critic who thinks all the captains currently on the field don't know anything. Warne is still new but can go on about some silly tangential things quite a bit. By that measure I personally think Taylor and Slater are the least bad, in the sense that they make an attempt not to be biased (Taylor's analysis is better than Slater, who doesn't offer very much insight). It's good to hear Bill Lawry as well. In truth I think the commentary is suffering from a lack of overseas talent. When you have all the former Aussie players commentating (Chappell, Healy, Taylor, Slater, Warne) it does give you a rather one-sided look at things. People like Mark Nicholas and James Brayshaw are meant to balance it as outsiders but they don't really have the gravitas to pull it off. What Channel Nine need is to sign a big-time overseas personality who is a good commentator in their own right. Off the top of my head I like Michael Holding and Mike Atherton, but even if you couldn't get them, there are other international commentators available like Bob Willis, Bumble, Nasser Hussain etc who would (while not being perfect themselves) balance it out a bit more.The bolded part is why I dislike Taylor so much. Because he was a captain, he thinks that every tactics that he doesn't agree with is dumb. The best example is the leg slip against Rogers. Even as Taylor was explaining why it was a dumb idea, Dhoni dropped a catch in that leg slip area. Yet Taylor continues on as to why its a bad tactics! Just unable to accept that the other captains have a plan and know what they are doing. Dhoni can't do any right. He changes tactics, its a bad idea. He doesn't change tactics, it's a bad idea. It's ridiculous. Warne isn't a very good commentator. I only like him for the laughs. He always has these dumb/funny stories, and that is about the only thing he adds to the commentary. Alternatively, when spinners are on, he provides some good insight, but that's about it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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