Gen­tle opener is short on anal­y­sis, but easy on view­ers

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Cricket - TV re­view By Alan Ty­ers

If you had waited 21 years for some­thing, you would not nec­es­sar­ily want its suc­cess to be de­pen­dent on the Manch­ester weather. But the rain stayed away and the BBC had 4½ hours of live cricket on a Sun­day af­ter­noon on BBC One, some­thing that can only be good for the sport.

It helped that the con­test was close and high-scor­ing, and it did not do any harm that Eng­land came from be­hind to win well.

The cov­er­age was hosted by Isa Guha and fea­tured BBC Test Match Spe­cial reg­u­lars Michael Vaughan, Phil Tufnell, Ali­son Mitchell and stats man Andy Zaltz­man, joined by Pak­istan’s pa­tri­cian Test opener Shan Ma­sood and no less a per­son­age than Eng­land’s high­est Test wicket-taker, James An­der­son.

Co­me­dian Aatif Nawaz and for­mer Pak­istan bits-and-pieces all­rounder Yasir Arafat were de­ployed in a cu­ri­ous rov­ing role around the empty stands.

Some eagle-eyed in­ter­net sorts have noted that the BBC, ac­tu­ally, had shown some live men’s cricket more re­cently than the 1999 men­tioned at the start of this: in 2006 for an Ire­land ver­sus Eng­land game on BBC North­ern Ire­land, but once you are split­ting those sorts of hairs the point is surely re­in­forced that

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