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Commentator Ian Smith: ‘That final at Lord’s will never leave me’

New Zealander delivered the right words even as his compatriots lost to England in the Cricket World Cup final

Nearly four months have passed since England and New Zealand served up that World Cup final but for Ian Smith, the Kiwi commentator who called the staggering denouement, it still remains fresh in the mind’s eye. “I’m over the result but I don’t think I’m quite over the moment,” says Smith, as we meet at Nelson’s bucolic Saxton Oval and pull up a couple of chairs by the groundsman’s hut while the staff, the players and the broadcast teams buzz around before a vastly more low-key T20 between the two sides.

“I think about that day at Lord’s quite a lot. It doesn’t dominate my life but it will never leave me. You could commentate on sport your whole life and never get a moment like that. My voice will be there for ever, I guess. It’s an honour … I just hope I got it right.”

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