It’s not often we agree with Mark Nicholas, if only because we don’t float through life spouting words like ‘divine’ and ‘exquisite’ every second sentence, but we think he had a point yesterday as he commentated over Channel 5’s highlights of cricketers walking on and off the field.
Nicholas reckons that cricketers can play in worse light than they currently do and most people who’ve been at a cricket ground on a faintly murky day will probably agree.
The magical thing about the human eye is that it responds to the amount of light available. Obviously there’s a limit and equally obviously it can get dangerous when there are lanky, demonic sociopaths flinging cricket balls at your face, but the point where bad light is offered to the batsman is too soon.
It’s May. Even under the heaviest cloud cover, it can never get that gloomy in the middle of the day, yet England and New Zealand went off five times yesterday. If Simon Taufel and Steve Bucknor had ever visited England in December, they’d have had their sunglasses on yesterday.
Maybe England’s fabulously white kit had sucked up all light in the vicinity. That use of ‘fabulously’ was brought to you by Mark Charles Jefford Nicholas.