Batter goes on fish

ANOTHER Test match throws up plenty of emotional moments and some insightful commentary from the Channel Nine team.

Memo to those calling the game, Michael Clarke in particular – batsmen play cricket, not batters.

A batter will take to the diamond for the Kansas City Royals, New YorkYankees, or closer to Bendigo,Strathfieldsaye Dodgers.

Batter is what the team at Lyttleton Terrace Fish Shop put on my whiting each Friday night.

Now it’s not Clarke’s constant call of batters that had the blood boiling, that’s more to do with the heat.

For traditionalists and long-time cricket fans, a batsmen being called a batter is just not right.

Channel Nine is definitely on a winner in having Clarke call the play.

His thoughts on the Australian and Indian players, conditions and tactics are great to listen to.

It’s the same when Shane Warne, Mark Taylor, Ian Chappell and the test of the commentary team evaluate the play.

In any contest played over five days, there will be lulls in the action.

One such moment was the first hour of the final day’s play in the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India at the MCG.

Few runs were being scored, no wickets taken, and not a brilliant piece of fielding to talk about.

Why Warne, Michael Slater and James Brayshaw decided to talk about favourite pizza, and subsequently run a poll on TV was astounding.

There’s probably only so much that could be said about when Australian captain Steven Smith would call a second innings declaration.

But, those watching and listening to the TV deserve better than what Warne’s favourite pizza is.

Warne’s comment about Mitchell Starc’s body language in the second Test at the Gabba sparked all sorts of responses.

Plenty were in favour of Warne’s assessment, and some were not.

What it did was have those watching the cricket wanting to hear more of Warne’s calls about players, tactics and memorable moments throughout a Test carer spanning 145 matches and 708 wickets.

Warne knows plenty about being in and succeeding in the heat of battle.

Although he will finish way behind Warne in terms of Tests played, Australia’s opening batsman Chris Rogers, pictured, continues to show it’s never too late to make your mark on the game.

It was on January 9, 2010 that Rogers strode on to Maryborough’s Princes Park to open the batting for Essendon in a Premier Cricket match against Casey-South Melbourne.

At that stage Rogers had played just one Test.

Five years on and the gritty left-hander has gone on to score more than 1400 runs at the highest level.

He fell agonisingly short of a fifth Test century on Tuesday, but is on track to play a key role in the Ashes.

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