London - Legendary
cricket commentator Henry Blofeld is retiring from the BBC's Test Match
Special team after nearly half a century - sparking an outpouring of
Known affectionately as "Blowers", Blofeld, 77, has charmed followers
of the programme with his old-world approach to the job, with
observations on London buses and pigeons as important as the action on
Blofeld's final stint will be the Lord's Test between England and West Indies starting on September 7.
"All good things come to an end," said Blofeld.
"After nearly 50 years in the Test Match Special commentary box, I
have decided the time has come for the last of the old farts to hang up
"In all honesty, at the age of almost 78, although I am still rather
keener than mustard, I find it harder work than I once did. And I
wouldn't want to let TMS down."
Former England captain and fellow commentator Michael Vaughan
tweeted:"Many players have bought joy to thousands but I can't think of
anyone who has bought more joy to the airwaves than @blowersh
A tweet from the England cricket team's official account read:
"Thanks for the memories @blowersh and all the best in your retirement."
Jonathan Agnew, who has shared a commentary box with Blofeld for many
years, told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I'll miss Henry, his enthusiasm, his
company, his chaos.
"Henry is one of those characters that really set up Test Match
Special. It's the legacy of people like him who in the 70s and 80s
really developed this style of programme that people have been trying to
copy ever since, including me."
Blofeld said his favourite memory behind the microphone was the 1981
Ashes Test at Headingley when Ian Botham and Bob Willis secured England a
thrilling victory against Australia.