— Update: Apparently, this was a spoof scripted by sky for their cricket company show. Make up your own mind. I have my doubts —
On-field sledging is one thing, but most New Zealand fans won’t be able to believe their eyes when they see this video.
This was the interview, which prompted the comments from Stephen Fleming:
It starts off with Mark Richardson addressing the commentators.
Mark: “Thankyou Smithy, it is a little damp underfoot out here in the outfield, but rest assured if it clears up soon we can have a full day’s play.
Stephen, I realise you’re a little underdone in this test, after playing all those one dayers, but can you tell me the real excuse why the Kiwi’s have failed with the bat in this game?”
Stephen: “I think failed is a strong word, we came here with a game plan but unfortunately we couldn’t stick to it at times and I guess that’s what cost us”
Mark: Chuckles off to the side “But I mean, it’s as if our batsman have been unable to get back into the swing of test cricket. Is that a fair assumption?”
Stephen: sort of stares at Mark “I think we just have to do the basics of what we know best when it comes to batting. I think at times we have done that well and at times maybe not so well, but we certainly know we have a fight on our hands”.
Mark: “And what could be the reason for the slow tempo of the innings? Is it the pitch you think? Is it playing up? Or are our batsman stuck in between the 50 over game and the longer version?”
Flem mumbles a barley audible answer and then he says “thanks mate”.
Richardson: “Ok thanks, good luck”.
Fleming: “Thanks mate. (Interview ends) Yeah, you’re an idiot. That’s ridiculous, seriously that’s just ridiculous. Two things: You’ve forgotten who your mates are, some of your comments in the changing room? And the other thing is you’re just an idiot talking about scoring rates and picking up the… uh… the tempo of games; you were one of the most boring players to watch and from what I’ve seen so far in your commentary, it is crap. You’re forgetting who your mates are mate; about six months ago you were with us.”