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    September 30, 2006

    Dean Jones puts his money where his foot is

    Dean Jones, sacked by TEN Sports last month for uttering the 'T' word on air, claimed a couple of days ago that his distinctly un-funny wisecrack wasn't directed at Hashim Amla. As if his foot were already not firmly in his mouth, he shoved it further in by saying:
    In the long run, I wasn't even really referring to him. What was my comment? And who got the wicket? Amla got the catch, Nicky Boje was the bowler. Just listen to the comment. The terrorist got a wicket. Who got the wicket? I'll leave it up to you to work out who I was referring to.
    Deano, can you do us all a favour and please stay off the air? Don't bother giving interviews. Don't bother doing commentary.

    Like the video shows, the batsman was Kumar Sangakkara and the bowler was Shaun Pollock, not Nicky Boje.

    Unless of course, Nicky Boje had started bowling right arm medium pace as part of his master-plan to evade the Delhi police and sneak into India in disguise to play in the ICC Champions Trophy.

    The other possibility is of course that Dean Jones actually did refer to Nicky Boje as the terrorist, but that makes it as defamatory as calling Hashim Amla a terrorist!


    Thus spake Jagadish @ 1:34 AM |
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    7 sledge(s):

    nice post. The bit about Boje bowling medium pace to avoid Delhi police is really tongue-in-cheek. The whole episode reeks of hypocrisy.What is your take on the ball tampering row after the judgement has been made?

    By Blogger SAI MADHAV (01-Oct-2006, 10:22:00 AM)  

    He was a good player and that is about it. He made for a pretty mediocre commentator and I'm glad he hasn't been given a second chance yet. Although, I'm sure that one is just around the corner.

    By Blogger The Enigma (03-Oct-2006, 8:16:00 AM)  

    sm: I wrote about it here.
    enigma: I'm fairly sure he'll be drafted in for the ICCCT/WC.

    By Blogger Jagadish (03-Oct-2006, 2:24:00 PM)  

    Why are people continuing to employ him.

    Are his employers stupider than he is?

    By Blogger Blue and Brown (03-Oct-2006, 3:13:00 PM)  

    b&b: Are you referring to Dean Jones or Darrell Hair? ;) If it's Deano, there's a simple answer. He's Aussie. He can speak English. Most Indian cricket watchers on TV love Tony Greig's Aussie accent, forgetting that he was a South African who played for England, settled in Australia and can say nothing wrong about Shri Lonka!

    By Blogger Jagadish (03-Oct-2006, 3:44:00 PM)  

    We meant Dean Jones. He's not the only Australian there is.

    Surely there must be at least one other person on that entire continent with a decent accent who maybe won't say moronic things on air. They wouldn't have to know about cricket. Jones doesn't.

    By Blogger Blue and Brown (04-Oct-2006, 1:26:00 PM)  

    b&b: Yes. There're several. I've always wondered if contractual commitments with Channel 9 prevent the likes of Taylor from commenting on matches for Indian channels. Tubby is _good_!

    By Blogger Jagadish (04-Oct-2006, 9:59:00 PM)  

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