Finding a replacement after 40 years will not be easy

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Cricket commentary, more than any other, lends itself to a distinctive voice – and one of the most important fell silent this week.

The sad passing of Christopher Martin-Jenkins means the Test Match Special team now has only one remaining regular in its ranks who did not play professionally.

That is Henry Blofeld, who can be entertaining, but who showed signs during the recent Tests in India that his eyesight and memory are not what they once were.

Former international stars have their place behind the microphone, but their natural cynicism must always be countered by articulate and informed enthusiasts.

CMJ performed that role wonderfully for 40 years – and finding a replacement will not be easy.