Watch: Geoffrey Boycott gets caught rotten by ‘unexpected press release’

‘That’s a load of tripe!’


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).

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.

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:

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