“I started playing in ’75, went straight into the commentary box: Christmas next year could be my first not working in 45 by the time I get there. “Trent is such a brilliant outfielder and he usually swallows those. The quick bowler allowed a six off one of his early balls but brought it back to leave New Zealand needing two runs off the last ball. “Kane Williamson astonished me. He was highly respected back home already but he’s gone to another dimension, not just for cricket followers around the world but all sports followers in New Zealand. I was drained. If this doesn’t give the game in England a shot in the arm or a kick in the jacksie then I don’t quite know what will.”. “I’m over the result but I don’t think I’m quite over the moment,” says Smith, as we meet at Nelson’s bucolic Saxton Oval and pull up a couple of chairs by the groundsman’s hut while the staff, the players and the broadcast teams buzz around before a vastly more low-key T20 between the two sides. Smith's first job in Australia was as a reporter for the Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser. I think my wife and I may get a caravan and head up the coast,” he says. Just watching back the climax of yesterday’s #CWC19Final and how good was Ian Smith’s commentary?! Kiwi commentator Ian Smith reflects on calling the final to end all finals. Not least because it was everything he was so desperate not to have to say. England have won the World Cup by the barest of margins. Perhaps a broadcaster in the UK might tempt him to return? It is true that Smith’s own bank balance may be lighter as a result. (Nerves shredded again by watching it!) @media (max-width:767px){.css-4n1las{display:none;}}More Like This@media (min-width:768px){.css-1s8mc50{display:none;}}More Like This. And Jos Buttler at the stumps. Ian Smith’s commentary in that last half an hour was something that will be remembered for a long time. I look at it and wonder: did every one of those England players really want the ball in that moment? Eoin Morgan's side responded by beating India and New Zealand to book their semi-final spot against Australia, battering their old rivals in the knockout stages to reach their fourth ever 50 over World Cup final. But those glued to the end of that World Cup final – 8.92 million in the UK, after Sky shared the coverage with Channel 4 – are certainly the richer for it. Forget about it being the greatest cricket match of all time, was this the greatest commentary stint of all time from Ian Smith?pic.twitter.com/9TzdiEDga6. Get the latest news, recommended reading and offers sent to your inbox. As a cricket commentator he has also worked on television commentary at numerous ICC tournaments including the World Twenty20 and Cricket World Cupcalling the crucial final ball as England beat New Zealand in the final at Lords. It is in keeping with Smith’s nature, as warm off the air as on it, that he should question this: the 62-year-old former wicketkeeper may be considered by his peers (and this particular admirer) to sit among the elite of his profession but, like Kane Williamson’s “beaten” finalists, there is little ego to go with it. Published 3:34 PM, Tuesday July 14 2020 GMT+1. Smith, who along with his co-commentators Nasser Hussain and Ian Bishop had seen a final seven-over stint on air morph into 80 minutes of the most volatile sporting drama imaginable, had one shot and, for my money, nailed it. He played as a wicket-keeper for New Zealand throughout the 1980s and part of the 1990s. The Kiwis may have lost that match, but Smith was happy with a chord he was able to strike with fellow commentators Nasser Hussain and Ian Bishop. I DO NOT BELIEVE WHAT I HAVE JUST SEEN. “I could never have envisaged calling drama like that – Boult standing on the boundary line… the overthrows off Stokes’ bat. It is what it is. Smith readily admits that the first time he had considered the prospect of boundary countback being used should the super over be tied came when reading the regulations live and quipping: “After what we’ve just seen, who’d bet against it?”. We chatted to fans on the way, I had four pints in about 50 minutes and then slept through till morning. Here's his story…. Kane Williamson was named Player of the Tournament and not many will argue against his compatriot Ian Smith being anointed as the unofficial TV commentator of the World Cup. This is the moment: it’s Archer to Guptill. Simon Doull never had much luck during his international career but as a commentator he's made his way into prime positions. Smith is open to the idea.

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