Brian Johnston: Black and Blooper

Cricket commentator Brian Johnston was famed for his verbal bloopers. In 1969, during an England-New Zealand cricket tournament at Lords, batsman Glenn Turner was hit in the groin by a fast-moving ball. As he collapsed in pain and television cameras focused on his writhing body, Johnston described the incident in delicate terms. Remarkably, Turner eventually picked up his bat and returned to the wicket for the last ball of the over. "Turner looks a bit shaky and unsteady," Johnston announced, "but I think he's going to bat on -- one ball left!"

[One day in 1943, a British MP declared in the House of Commons: "We have got Ponsford out cheaply but Bradman is still batting." To what was he referring? Mussolini had been deposed; Hitler, however, was still around.]

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