Nathan Bracken's BBC column

A picture of a perfectly executed cricket ball header there. Good work Nathan. You wouldn't have been able to pull it off without the extra padding of your bouffant though. Don't try this at home, kids.

The BBC have recruited Nathan Bracken to be their new voice of Australia. Justin Langer previously held this post, writing regularly and well about his experiences playing for his national side.

He was a bit prone to irritating pronouncements about 'executing our skills correctly', but so would any of the Australian team under John Buchanan. Overall Langer was great value. So how will Nathan Bracken compare?

His first column has appeared today and it contains some intriguing grammatical decisions. We were mostly struck by the following line which describes the aftermath of Australia's recent one-day series losses.

"There was no more time for questions - just answers. We had to improve our skills, knowledge and tactics to if we were to win the World Cup."

It reads like an eight-year-old's story about winning the World Cup. 'We had to improve... if we were to win the World Cup' - doesn't that sound like Nathan's already won the World Cup and is now recounting the tale of how it happened? Bit presumptuous.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007


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4 Comments:

Anonymous simonc said...

"There was no more time for questions - just answers."

I'd love to have seen that training session. 15 aussies standing round, blurting out random answers:

"Seventy-two!"
"La Paz!"
"The concept of the √úbermensch in Also Sprach Zarathustra!"
"Put your hands up, lads!"
"Shut up, Ricky."

12:23 pm  
Anonymous Blue and Brown said...

Comment of the week.

Have a gold star, or maybe something good instead. Something boozy, maybe.

12:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If all it takes to get Comment of the Week (and something boozy) is to say something witty about cricket and Nietzsche at the same time, then listen carfully fools.
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Bum (he-he-he)!

Dang (/me hangs head in poorly educated shame).

1:33 pm  
Anonymous Blue and Brown said...

So close, but yet so far.

2:01 pm  

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