The last test match of the season always brings with it connotations of the end of the summer and the approaching Autumn term. When I was a little boy my mother and I would head for a little village outside Grimsby and listen to the test commentary on the car radio whilst eating the most glorious home-made ice cream. Today, the football season has started, the leaves are beginning to turn but for the next 5 days there’s still the Ashes to be won or lost.
At the Oval this is the last hurrah for “Freddie” Flintoff and a debut for Jonathan Trott. Ian Bell, the batsmen subbed in for Kevin Pietersen is fighting for his place. The Aussies have had the massive boost of trouncing us at Headngley, but overall the series is fairly balanced – they had the best of Cardiff and Leeds, we were on top at Lord’s and Edgbaston. As I write we have won the toss and started well. All fingers and all toes crossed. Am I going to get any work done this week?