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Sound affects

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Sound affects

In attempting to escape the endless chatter on the media about Brexit, I found myself tuning in to Test Match Special on BBC Radio Five Live to listen to commentary of the second Ashes Test match between Australia and England. A gentle half an hour or so of Aggers and Tuffers might lift my mood. No chance. You could barely hear the commentators above the constant din of the self-styled Barmy Army.

If you find football’s England band a tiresome and highly irritating distraction from the game itself – and trust me I do – they have nothing compared to the Barmy Army. On and on they go, belting out tiresome dirges and chants, rewording of famous songs, occasionally containing the odd swearword, providing an unwanted distraction from the main business of the day, the cricket.

Worst of all, they are not only tolerated by the radio commentators, they are encouraged by them. In years gone by, the Barmies informed a listening public that the Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was “shite”. Aggers and co found all this hilarious and every time they struck up another drunken song, they made sure the listeners knew all about it. The Barmy Army attract as much attention as the players.

It is not clear to me why on earth a large group of affluent men and some women would fly around the world to experience one of sport’s enduring spectacles only to sing tedious, sometimes foul-mouthed songs. Whereas cricket used to be played in front of little more than a murmur, it now sounds more like a PDC darts tournament, albeit without the humour. To be fair, if I was able to afford the air fares and hotel accommodation to Australia, the very last thing I would do is follow the cricket around.

TMS is still worth a listen but I do wish they’d switch off the sound effects.

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