For those who enjoy cricket, Australian commentator Bill Lawry is either revered or despised.
Lawry was an exceedingly successful captain of his nation's team and has a wealth of cricket knowledge and experience, some of which he occasionally brings to the microphone. An opening batsman able to bat for long periods and once described by an English journo, who must never have seen Boycott, as 'a corpse with pads on', Lawry captained Australia though twenty-five test matches before being dumped in 1970. Whatever you might think of him as a commentator or cricketer, no man deserves the treatment he suffered. The ACB didn't bother to tell him he'd been dumped. The first he knew of it was by way of a radio broadcas and harassment from reporters.
Anyway, one thing is for sure. If you listen to Lawry's commentary, you need to be a competent linguist.
Here are just a few examples of Lawryisms, developed over thirty years of commentary.
There was one priceless moment during the Hobart test against Sri Lanks. Lawry was extolling the virtues of opening batsman Phil Hughes who was on 87, praising his temperament as an opener, citing his history of first class hundreds and his almost unique ability to make 'big hundreds.' Before he hd finished uttering that fateful 'big hundred,' Hughes was clean bowled.
Did Lawry even flinch? No. Without drawing breath he breezed on to some other unrelated subject.
For what it's worth, my favorite commentators are Ian Chappell and Tubby Taylor.
February 25 in history
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