There’s a nip in the air now, even in the South of England it would seem, as even there the cricket season has drawn to close. Nasty Jen and F… have looked a little wistful of late, and are wondering how they are going to get through the winter evenings without the gentle cadences of Aggers’ voice describing the floodlit scene at The Rose Bowl, or Lord’s, as England complete another successful run chase.
Now there’s a thing. England successfully completing a run chase in an ODI. Again. Two or three years ago, who’d have thought we could say that.
But NJ and F… need not fear. One of the joys of being a cricket supporter is that the season never really ends, it just has a short break. And then Test Match Special returns, only at different times of the day, sometimes in the middle of the night. The forthcoming Ashes series will return me to a series of familiar experiences… waking up to the radio… shaking off the early morning torpor… feverishly wishing CMJ would hurry up and give a score update… realising that Ponting is at the crease… clocking that Australia are 290-1… groaning, slumping under the duvet, welcoming the torpor back with open arms…
It’s not all good news though. Frijj chocolate milkshakes, so good they should really be illegal, are no longer 2-for-1 at Tesco. Bah.