Back in the day, action replays didn’t have sound. This was the right way of doing things.
You don’t need a big flashing R in the corner of the screen or anything like that, but you do need to know that it’s an action replay. Obviously, if you’re sitting there watching, you know when they’re playing a replay and it’s not a problem. But you’re not always sitting there watching – sometimes you’re making a brew or getting a beer.
Cricket watchers have a Pavlovian response to sudden crowd noise. They know that something has happened and they rush to see what. It never fails to amaze us when non-cricket fans are completely oblivious and just carry on talking as if nothing’s happened. Their ears aren’t attuned to the noise. They don’t know. They are, in short, simple, pitiful creatures.
At one point last weekend, we heard crowd noise while we were upstairs. We leapt up – terrifying the cat in the process – tumbled down the stairs and watched Kevin Pietersen leaving that straight one for about the 60th time that day. It was nothing.
The cat is composing a letter of complaint to Sky Sports.