This is for Suave.
I’ve just been thinking of Mark Nicholas, which isn’t normal for me, he’s a rather benign chap in general so I don’t really think of him.
I don’t dislike Nicholas as a commentator, he isn’t great, but when teamed up with Slater, Healy or Taylor he is pretty good.
When teamed up with Bill or Richie he is pretty shabby.
He is now the face of cricket in Australia, thanks to channel 9, and the fact none of our ex players or commentators are pretty enough or well spoken enough to do the job Richie did.
Except for Brendan Julian, but he’s Brendan Julian, enough said really.
There are good points about Nicholas being the face of cricket, he keeps Simon O’Donnell and his smug fu©king grin off the telly, mostly.
That’s all the good points.
My problem with Nicholas is that he is too nice to Australians, and pretty much anyone who was any good at cricket.
Probably even people who don’t play cricket.
In the taxi I bet he says
“So Biruk, tell us about how you work the onboard computer, because I’ve seen a lot of people do it, but no one does it with the skill, flair and timing that you show.
What’s your secret?”
It drives me insane.
But you must understand that this is probably my issue.
I’ve never liked people who are “too” nice. I don’t trust them, I trust @ssholes, that’s something I can understand.
Nicholas is just so nice, he could interview Hitler and his first question would be
“So Adolf, I hear you’ve got a german shepherd.
If were going to have a Englishman head our coverage at least give me a violent grumpy man like Peter Roebuck, Geoffrey Boycott or even Bill Nighy.
Some one who says bollocks a lot.
Some one with a real accent.
Someone who doesn’t sound like a tv personality.
Someone with a perversion.
You know, some one I can relate to.
Is a good bloke who likes to hit people and bag cricketers too much to ask for?