Dead Rubber.

“Zed’s dead baby, Zed’s dead”.

What a formidable two tests we’ve witnessed. Happy as Larry that we knocked off those 61 runs on the morning of the Fourth Day at Lords to ensure a much needed victory there. Sweet debut Mr Potts.

And what is more… you can add a ton to that target, and 5 sessions of play, and we only went and did the same again at Trent Bridge.

Two Fridays-worth of after-work SKY TV viewing down at a boozer called Hemingways (second branch in Pattaya). 8 ball and Arrows at hand. Sweet.

Thankfully TMS (the old faithful) is still teaming up with youtube to offer overseas listeners its nuggets.

Zaltzman claiming Gilbert Jessop fans will be punching the air – the cat is just too amusing.

Looking forward to Headingley.

To India and beyond.

Eve of Lord’s Test

I will miss the Test match as I am working in Thailand. A shame to miss it. No sooner have I become an Associate Member and logistics just make it impossible to attend. From afar, I’m quite excited though. I think the crowds will build throughout the week. I see Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes working very well together, and Rob Key could open doors. I hope Graham Thorpe is on the road to recovery.

Stuart Broad has been quoted on the BBC website as feeling England need to play attractive / engaging cricket. True. But we also just need to win. One victory in 17 tests in appalling. Sea change on the horizon – fingers crossed.

I approached a cricket team out here, but it’s the closed season, and it sounds like even a Thursday net at ‘The Outback’ (what else?!) might be stretching it. The Chairman said I needed to put Ko Chang in my diary for the end of August for some beach cricket but I’ll be as gone as a wild goose in Winter.

C’mon England.