Let’s get ready to rumble!

A day to go… I have stocked up on smokes, chips, Coca-Cola, and other essential items that are needed to help the Australian cricket fan get through the First Test. Backup devices such as batteries for the radio are also on standby in case of a blackout.

You can not be too careful, after all.

The good news is that I’ve passed a fitness test, and am able to take my place among the millions of spectators that will be watching the series. Doubts remain about the fitness of players on both sides.

In fact, it’s been a bit of a circus watching the injuries to players. Even with the players that do make the field… Justin Langer’s first game back after a major head tonk. Matthew Hayden got bitten by a dog. Shane Watson has done a hammy. Stuart Clark’s not quite right with his thigh.

For England, Ian Bell is sore after a blow in the nets. Trescothick’s gone home. Steve Harmison has a niggle and probably wishes he was home. Andrew Flintoff’s only just come good and Michael Vaughan, well we never know if he will ever come good.

I don’t know about the UK at all, but here in Australia, the government and the doctors are always nagging us to get out and be active more, exercise and stuff. I’m not so sure. After typing that injury list, I think I’ve got a wrist strain….

I’d better look after it- I’ve got a remote control I need to turn on tomorrow!

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