There Are No Teams In The World Called ‘We’ Or ‘They’

Drawn and written sketch of former Australian cricket captain Richie Benaud made before his Test debut during the 1951-52 seasonRichie Benaud‘s tips for sports commentary.

  • Never ask a statement
  • Remember the value of the pause
  • There are no teams in the world called ‘we’ or ‘they’
  • Avoid clichés and banalities such as ‘he’s hit that to the boundary’, ‘he won’t want to get out now’, ‘of course’, ‘ as you can see on the screen’.
  • The Titanic was a tragedy, the Ethiopian drought a disaster, and neither bears any relation to a dropped catch.
  • Put your brain into gear before opening your mouth.
  • Concentrate fiercely at all times
  • Above all, don’t take yourself too seriously, and have fun