No disrespect to Sri Lanka and the England Ashes effort (well, maybe some) but my Summer starts today with the Black Caps first game in the Commonwealth Bank series (the series formerly known as Benson & Hedges & VB). It helps that these games are on at a time when I can pay them more attention (home all day today with the tv on) but as we approach the World Cup these games start to really mean something.
There was a plan to get to Hobart for these two games (Australia today and England on Tuesday) but financial considerations mean I’ll have my feet up on the couch for the run chase. As I type, the game is but four overs old and we haven’t managed a wicket yet but we always raise our game against the Aussies and on a flat track we should see McCullum get a few more than his usual quick-fire 20 or so.
The brilliant Mark Nicholas is commentating for Channel 9 along with the usual suspects â€“ not sure whether Ian Smith has been tempted over but I hope so.
So, game on.
And, by the way: what are Australia wearing this season?