It’s the first day of the final Test, and not the dead-rubber it might appear. In short, this Test is as much an audition for England’s Ashes hopefuls as the summer’s finale. The players are all dead-batting their insistence that their focus remains on beating Pakistan but, come on…some of them must have half an eye (or maybe even a whole one) on their chances of making the trip to Australia.
It’s all very exciting. Pakistan are in a bit of a mess, but don’t you dare write them off; they could burst back into life very quickly and very easily. Ergo – chat away! I’ll be on ball-by-ball tomorrow (I’m posting this in advance) and will be “on the air” from about 9.50am BST. Keep an eye on it for the score and more; sod the boss, he won’t even know what Cricinfo is anyway.
And get chatting. By stumps, I expect to see a whole tirade of excitable, angry or downright bizarre comments to summarise the day’s proceedings!