News The tone in the Sky Sports commentary box these days is like a dressing-room banter free-for-all

The first session of the First Test has often proved a pivotal passage of play in Ashes series Down Under. Even the first ball; Steve Harmison’s wide to second slip in 2006, or Michael Slater smashing Phil DeFreitas through cover point for four in 1994. It tends to “set the tone”, as the pundits like to say – and the tone in the Sky Sports commentary box these days is like a dressing-room banter free-for-all.

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One of the wackiest incidents in Test cricket's history involved the Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee using an aluminium bat in an Ashes Test at the WACA, Perth, in 1979. At the time the Laws did not stipulate what a bat had to be made of and Lillee walked out with the controversial piece of equipment manufactured by a company owned by a personal friend.

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After the gambol through Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and their master spinner pose a potent threat
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