Tuffers in step with TMS
But there is plenty of life left in the English cricket summer with seven one-day internationals between England and Australia still to play, not to mention the climax of the County Championship and Pro-40 competition.
It certainly didn't feel like summer at Manchester as spectators were left frustrated by two abandoned Twenty20 games, but as I write, the weather forecast seems better for Friday and Sunday for the opening games in the NatWest series at The Oval and Lords, so let's hope we have an exciting three weeks ahead.
Talking about Strictly Come Dancing, joining us on Friday and Sunday will be Phil Tufnell, the only TMS summariser ever to commentate on matches whilst also taking part in BBC One's ballroom challenge.
Somehow I can't see Geoff Boycott ever donning the lycra and glitzy costumes, although I'm sure if he was persuaded to appear on Strictly, his technique would be perfect!
As for Tuffers, he'll be with us after morning rehearsals so we may well see evidence of why he was nicknamed 'Cat' in the Middlesex dressing room for his ability to sleep anytime and anywhere.
With Matthew Hayden having returned home we have a number of different Aussies offering their expert views during the seven-match series.
On Friday afternoon, we welcome former fast bowler Rodney Hogg who once took 41 wickets in an Ashes series. Hogg has already been offering his forthright views on various BBC outlets throughout the summer and we are looking forward to hearing his views now on TMS.
On Sunday at Lord's, we will be joined by the man who produced the so-called 'Ashes Dossier' - Somerset captain, former Australian opening batsman and bbc.co.uk/cricket columnist Justin Langer. Justin, of course, knows Lord's very well having played for Middlesex before swapping counties and heading to the west country.
We will also be joined during the series by another Aussie who knows the English game inside out, Stuart Law, who has played for Essex, Lancashire and now Derbyshire.
Finally, aftder watching the rain fall at Old Trafford, Jeff Thomson will be hoping for better weather when he works with us during some of the other games.
Our other summarisers throughout the series include the likes of Vic Marks, Angus Fraser, Alec Stewart and Graham Gooch and we will also hear some more from former England coach Peter Moores, who will be joining us for the two Trent Bridge matches.
Jonathan Agnew will, of course, lead our commentary team alongside CMJ, Henry Blofeld, Simon Mann, Arlo White and ABC Radio's Jim Maxwell.
As well as ball by ball commentary we'll have plenty more to enjoy during the intervals including a detailed look at just how England won the Ashes.
On Sunday, however, we'll be joined by the famous aviation and wildlife artist David Shepherd and we hear why Lord's is re-establishing a historical link with the RAF. During the game, there will be a fly past by the only Lancaster bomber still flying and it will be attended by a number of RAF Bomber Command veterans. We'll hear the story of how during the darkest days of the Second World War they arrived at the Air Crew Receiving Centre set up at Lord's before being posted for training.
Also during the series we'll meet cyclist Oli Broom, who is embarking on an incredible journey from Lord's to Brisbane hoping to arrive in time for the next Ashes and raising money for the Lord's Taverners along the way and from author Simon Rae who has created a cricket novel described as "the Harry Potter for cricket lovers" to raise money for "Chance to Shine".
We will also be debating the new-look English cricket calendar which has been announced over the past few days as well as asking how the game can capitalise on this summer's Ashes win and avoid some of the mistakes arguably made following the success of 2005.
After a summer which had already seen the likes of Russell Crowe, Rolf Harris, Ted Dexter, Adam Gilchrist, Stephen Fry, Daniel Radcliffe and Lily Allen visit the TMS box - who knows who else may pop in over the next three weeks?
As well as TMS there will be regular updates over on 5 live and keep checking bbc.co.uk/cricket for details of our interactive scorecard, blogs and podcasts - and
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It all gets underway at 1245 on Friday for the first ODI from The Oval with commentary on 5 live Sports Extra, Radio Four Long Wave and on-line