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Bumble sparks fan mirth with rude on-air slip of the tongue

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

The cricketing Twittersphere was sent into fits of laughter after Sky Sports Cricket commentator David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd accidentally said the word ‘ring-piece*’ live on air.

Bumble was commentating during England’s first Test win over Pakistan when the tourists asked the standing umpires whether the ball had gone out of shape. The device to test whether it has or not consists of two rings, with an in-shape ball passing through one but not both loops.

It was at this point that Bumble uttered the instantly immortal phrase “the umpire’s got his ring-piece out”, with sharp-eared fan Ian Dunning posting a clip of the moment on Twitter. When it was shared by Lloyd fan page ‘Out Of Context Bumble’, the video started to go viral.

Bumble seemed to take the moment in good spirits, replying later with a simple “I say!”

*The Oxford English Dictionary defines ring-piece as vulgar British slang for ‘the anus’.

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