"The sightscreen must be correctly placed," yarped Tony Grieg on the perils of facing Murali. "You must be able to watch his hand closely. He does mysterious things with his hand and fingers."
Well, that's fine for the batsmen, but what about us mug viewers? Would Nine give us a close look at his bowling?
Being a cynical sort, I had my doubts, but they were in a corner. It would be wickedly inconsistent if they didn't show it given they'd already shown excellent high-res footage of Flintoff, Warne and MacGill.
So you could have knocked me down with a feather when they DID show a close-up of Murali's bowling.
You see, by "bowling" I really mean "hand". Whereas Nine showed full-view, side-on, wide-screen, Todd-AO, Vist-A-Vision high resolution footage of the other three bowlers' complete actions, with Murali, they instead shot from behind and tightly cropped the footage to show just his hand.
Duplicitous swine. Murali's presence on the field is not just a blight on test cricket, it's a disaster for the television coverage. We want to see the vision the Nine people are obviously hiding, but they aren't willing to show it, so they offer up a pathetic deception. What kind of chumps do they take us for? Do they think we don't notice? You can't tell me all of the Nine team are happy being complicit in this scurrilous snow-job. Hmmm. Then again, you probably can.
NB: Thanks, of course, to Pat for pointing out the uncanny resemblance between Murali and the Warner Weasel.