David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd leaves Sky Sports cricket commentary team after 22 years covering England in all three formats and helping to launch Twenty20 cricket in that country.
NASSER HUSSAIN, who played for Bumble when he was England coach and later shared many comments with him around the world, has written this tribute to his great friend and teammate.
David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd leaves Sky Sports cricket commentary team after 22 years
He will be missed by a good friend, colleague and columnist for Sportsmail, Nasser Hussain
I can’t believe I won’t share a Sky comment box with David Lloyd anymore. He is one of the greatest commentators of all time and a wonderful human being.
Cricket is in the veins of Bumble. You can hear his love and passion for the game in every word he says and he has this invaluable ability to inform and entertain at the same time.
Bumble always tries to promote what is good for cricket, but he is never afraid to shout anything bad that needs to be addressed, such as criticizing excessive poor rates.
Cricket can be a slow game at times, but invariably Bumble is at its best during these quiet periods. He becomes this great animator and brings the game back to life.
Live with Ian Ward and Hussain before the test with New Zealand in Headingley in 2015
Lloyd was photographed in 1999 when he joined Sky Sports’ commentary team for the England Games
And he always knows when to talk and when not, when to be serious and when to have fun.
Bumble be when the viewer needs to cheer up and can always bring a smile to his face, either singing Sweet Caroline or just doing a bit of a single line.
Then, in the next breath, he lights up to find the perfect words for the big moments, like Yuvraj Singh’s six-six in an over during the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup or Stuart Broad’s 15 for 15 at Trent Bridge in 2015.
This is never Bumble. He does not comment on it. Like that moment when Carlos Brathwaite hit four sixes in the last against Ben Stokes to win the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup for the West Indies.
Bumble was the lead commentator, but he turned to Ian Bishop and said, “This is the time for the West Indies.” You do. ‘
Hussain was the vice-captain of England when Lloyd was coach and they built a good relationship
Bumbles enters the spirit before the pet race on the day of the final of the T20 Blast in 2015
And that’s how he instigated one of the great moments of cricket comment, with Bishop saying “remember the name.”
What you see on TV with Bumble is the person we all see day in and day out.
There is no different side to public consumption. He is a genuine person who loves life and enjoys laughing and enjoying the grill. He takes people as he finds them.
That’s why he spends so much time talking about cricket with people. He always has time for anyone and sits there for hours talking not only about cricket but about music, beer and anything else he likes.
Nor do luxury restaurants bother you. Just a decent pint and good curry and is happy no matter what the setting.
Bumble on guitar and Andrew Flintoff dressed as Elvis while serenading the crowd in 2017
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed his company, first as an England player when I was a coach and for the last 17 years as a teammate and friends on broadcasts.
He has done everything in the game and is such a consummate announcer that you almost forget that he played and coached in England and also had time as a first class referee as well as his long relationship with Lancashire. He has so much experience that he was our man in all matters. He ticked all the boxes.
The funniest moments? I still laugh at the refereeing demonstration we did at the indoor school at Lord and Bumble’s impression of former referee Harry Baldwin.
He was only warned very little about us, but he was great and naturally funny. If you need to cheer up, look it up on Youtube and I guarantee it will give you a smile on your face.
Lloyd shares a joke with his Lancastrian teammate James Anderson in Sri Lanka in 2018
That’s when I shared a camper van with him in New Zealand. Bumble woke up every 10 minutes in the middle of the night to go to the toilet and I woke up every morning with the sight of the former England coach and the legend of the broadcast walking only in his underwear.
Or what about when he came out to draw, looked down to see if he had fallen head over heels, and ended up banging his head on the match referee Richie Richardson, who was trying to do the same?
Bumble is old school in its high standards. He would pick us up from the rest to talk too much and passionately care about how the game is broadcast. He is also very professional and was always the first to work every morning.
Ideas always came to him and he never left them to the producer. Before the day of the Twenty20 finale, I would call and email the producer saying “Shall we?” and “we have to do this.”
Apparently, Bumble in a lively conversation with England captain Joe Root in New Zealand
And when a producer had a good idea he threw himself into it one hundred percent, like when he was suggested to face Freddie Flintoff as a singer in front of the Hollies Stand in Edgbaston. It was the gold of television.
It would always be great to get off the ground with Bumble because everyone calls his name and wants to talk to him. You can also forget = get 74 years old.
There wasn’t a single day that Bumble didn’t show up with that energy, drive, and enthusiasm.
We loved him when he was our coach. It could be up and down, like when we went to lunch in Auckland in 1997 after a bad session and said “where’s the coach?”
Bumble talks to fellow Sky expert Michael Atherton ahead of the 2018 Test Match in Galle
Bumble was walking around the rugby field because he couldn’t stand talking to us!
And when he was left without a place after losing to Australia A and we had to go to the airport to persuade him not to go home.
Luckily, he stayed and we won the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. But he was a brilliant coach and always supported us one hundred percent.
This loyalty is something I’ve seen over the time I’ve spent with Bumble. If you are his partner, you are a partner for life and that is what we will always be.
Sky lost a great commentator to Michael Holding earlier this year and now we’ve lost another one to Bumble. With both of them it was a joy to work and we will miss them so much.