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Ian Botham.

Ian Botham.

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For reasons I am struggling to justify, I watched England’s innings in their latest World Cup shambles against Sri Lanka.

About halfway through the innings Shane Warne and Ian Botham (above) started discussing their golf prowess.

I have no idea why. It clearly had nothing to do with the spectacle unfolding in front of them and it wasn’t delivered in a way that was interesting or amusing.

But it was symptomatic of sports commentary these days. The men behind the mic seem to think we tune in to listen to them when we don’t actually.

It’s the same in football. Pointless references towards insignificant events backed up by irrelevant and uninteresting facts have become an integral part of Martin Tyler’s inane broadcasts on Sky Sports.