Thumbs down for Root and no knees-up for Broad

Going into the second of the three T20s in the Windies without Root and Broad will be tough. Hopefully Bell can provide some magic though. We are taking on New Zealand on Sat 22 March in the T20 World Cup, and need to be on the money for the likes of Brendon McCullum.

Fingers crossed Sat 5th July is a Pearler, as taking my Dad to Lords for the MCC v ROW one dayer.

PA

No, I’m not looking for one, and neither does it stand for Personal Assistant. I saw on Twitter (where else) that Lords were looking for a new Public Announcer. The current chap, I failed to see his piece to ITV News Camera on Sunday afternoon, is stepping down apparently. But, anyone who has spent a day there in ┬áthe Summer can hear it immediately. “Curtly Ambrose from the Pavilion End”.

So I clicked through on the pages on my smartphone (sometimes I feel like the guy in Shawkshank Redemption who gets let out of jail late in life only to find ‘..the world has got itself in one big hurry’, such is the ease and speed of technology and communication now) and I found myself actually reading a transcript which should be loaded up to SoundCloud. It was quite fun, the trick of course is to nail the pronunciation of HalfaDozenMarsBars as Twelfth Man would say. I really got into it, until I hit the line, “Play is suspended for the day”. Hey – don’t shoot the messenger. No room for tomfoolery!

There I was, sat in the armchair on Sunday afternoon, having nodded off repeatedly to the dulcet tones of Cozier and Richards playing the PA at MCC just for fifteen minutes. Will you be applying?