As all cricket lovers will know, sometimes there can be long gaps for commentators to fill – especially if they’re covering Test matches.
It also leaves a lot of time for some scheming and to be fair to the BBC Five Live Test Match Special crew they pulled off a beauty on the legendary Geoffrey Boycott during England’s third test victory over South Africa this morning.
While discussing the game in front of them, Boycott’s co-presenter Jonathan Agnew was handed an important ‘statistical press release’ from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
— Jonathan Agnew (@Aggerscricket) July 31, 2017
The team even went to the trouble of drafting a very real looking release on headed paper to inform Boycott that his 100th first-class century, which he achieved at home in Headingley in 1977, was to be stricken from the record.
— Geoffrey Boycott (@GeoffreyBoycott) July 31, 2017
As Boycott fumed that the decision was ‘ridiculous’, ‘nonsense’ and ‘a load of tripe’, Agnew then hilariously revealed it was all a wind-up. It’s a slow burner, but we promise it’s worth a watch and you can see it for yourself below:
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) July 31, 2017