Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Shannon Noll, the voice of English cricket

It's 28 degrees outside, the cricket is just about to start, the days are long, and people are finally talking about bat-pads and third men instead of goals and defenders. Folks are flocking to the beach, the tabloids now have cricketers' wives on page 3, the national wicket-keeper is a big-hitting batsman with a broad Australian accent, and the dulcet tones of Shannon Noll are advertising the test television coverage.

Are we in Australia?

No, we are in England. Whilst Tim Ambrose is a pretty good player, our finest export to English cricket this summer is the runner up from Australian Idol 2003, Shannon Noll. Channel Five is using Noll's song "Shine"as part of their cricket coverage, so even on the other side of the world, you can not escape his rocky nasally voice.


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