The great Gary Naylor opening the batting on the correspondence, on a topic I’m very fond of.
“It’s a shame that England are, once again, refusing to select their best wicketkeeper,” he tweets at me. “I suppose it’s fair enough though - she does have a big match coming up on Friday.”
In addition to the below. Mel Farrell from ESPN has walked in to the press box and reported the sandpaper is being confiscated at the gate. Surrey have confirmed that is the case; they don’t dig ambush marketing. Fun and games.
As well as handshakes being exchanged before play at the Oval there will also be no formal toss. Instead the decision whether to bat or bowl will be made following a game of sand paper scissors. #ENGvAUS pic.twitter.com/dGgubuemWp
Expect plenty of this. And fair enough.
It has begun at The Oval - sandpaper being handed out to fans as they enter for clash with Aussies pic.twitter.com/Cgmf8pr6mr
‘Allo ‘Allo! Welcome to the People’s Ground for the first one-day international between England and Australia! Let’s be honest with each other to begin: if not the events of March in Newlands, this would be a white-ball series of passing interest. Now, it’s an actual thing, with the visitors turning out for the first time since they were mangled by the Proteas at the Bull Ring at the end of the longest week in Australian cricket history.
So, Tim Paine. He says all the right things with ample dollops of contrition and candour about what happenened, determined to transform the way the team plays, and in turn, radically alter the way they are seen by the rest of the cricket world. Tough gig!Continue reading...