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TV to ‘simplify’ cricket terms for Hundred

- Exclusive By Nick Hoult

Commentato­rs for the Hundred will be told to tone down traditiona­l cricketing phrases and explain words such as “yorker”, “googly” and “bouncer” as broadcaste­rs adapt to a new audience.

Sky and the BBC will advise commentato­rs to be aware that viewers may never have seen the game before and not to use cricket-specific language. The likes of yorker, googly and bouncer will not be banned, but will need explanatio­n.

“Elite sport is at the heart of this. Getting the balance right between the new audience and existing cricket fans is really difficult,” said Bryan Henderson, Sky’s head of cricket.

“We veer towards more coverage of elite sport [than the BBC], but what we want to get away from is dressing-room speak.

“Terminolog­y like ‘bowling it into the pitch’ might need more of an explanatio­n, and commentato­rs might have to challenge each other a bit. But we don’t want to dumb down. It is about simplifyin­g the game, but keeping it classy.”

Commentato­rs will talk about “wickets”, but have been asked not to say “over”.

The descriptio­n of the score will also change when the tournament starts at the Oval tonight with a women’s match between the Oval Invincible­s and Manchester Originals. The men’s competitio­n starts

tomorrow at the same venue, with the same teams.

“The currency of conversati­on is runs and balls,” Henderson said. “First innings it will be runs scored, balls faced. Second innings, it will be runs required and balls left, so you will not hear things like 130 for two.

“It is going to be much more ‘London Spirit have scored 100 off 60 balls’.

“That is a slight shift. The word over remains in the playing conditions because of the laws of the game but it is not going to be used much or at all in presentati­on on television. It will be ‘change of end’. But that is it really.”

Sky and the England and Wales Cricket Board have launched what they described as an “industry-first augmented reality experience” in which fans will be able to download avatars of the players on the Hundred or Sky app.

Supporters will also be able to vote for the “hero of the match” via the app.

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