The Daily Telegraph - Business : 2020-08-31

Sport Cricket : 11 : 3

Sport Cricket

3 The Daily Telegraph Monday 31 August 2020 *** MIGHTY MORGAN Test Match Special terrestria­l cricket fans have been starved for a long time. Into that vacuum, of course, came Sky Sports, with the money that revolution­ised the England set-up and the reduced exposure that may yet prove to be irreversib­le. If that is to be undone, a whole Sunday afternoon on BBC One is a start. Those grown used to Sky’s technical analysis will have found this a different experience: the pundits addressed their remarks to a less committed audience. Having Vaughan, Tufnell and Anderson all on mike for the start – with no specialist commentato­r or broadcast journalist – gave proceeding­s a relaxed air, good humoured and well-suited for a Twenty20. The casual viewer will not have felt blinded by science. Given the personnel, there was an unsurprisi­ng TMS feel, and the occasional tendency for the former players to describe the action in a way that works on radio but not so much with the old moving pictures. Still, even the BBC’s most determined haters could find little to dislike and, if cricket is to have anything so proactive as a fightback, it could be said to have started here. Look who’s back: Smith shows he is human after all as Australia limber up for one-day series Steve Smith, who tormented England throughout last summer’s Ashes, managed just eight in Australia’s second intra-squad warm-up match in Southampto­n yesterday, but Glenn Maxwell impressed with a century before the white-ball series against England. A team led by Pat Cummins successful­ly chased down 250 with 51 balls to spare at the Ageas Bowl in a 50-over contest against Aaron Finch’s XI. Smith was denied the opportunit­y to bat in the first warm-up due to rain, but his first innings since March ended when he was caught behind. Marcus Stoinis fell 13 short of a century and Maxwell hit 108 off 114 balls. The first of Australia’s three T20s against England, all at Southampto­n, will take place on Friday. The teams will also meet in three oneday internatio­nals in Manchester.

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