John Arlott, Voice of Cricket, retired at Lord’s today in 1980

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2 September 1980. John Arlott, known as the BBC’s ‘Voice of Cricket’, retired at Lord’s, after 35 years broadcasting, primarily on Test Match Special.

With his poetic phrases, he became a cricket commentator who it was said “had a wonderful gift for evoking cricketing moments”.

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