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England and TMS ready for Aussie one-day series

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Adam Mountford | 13:31 UK time, Thursday, 17 June 2010

There has been plenty of good-natured banter flying around the BBC sports room over the past few days as events in South Africa have been dominating the sporting agenda.

As the debate raged over just how Robert Green managed to let the ball slip through his fingers in England's opening game against the USA, I just happened to mention that I wasn't sure what the fuss was about... as in some sports England are already world champions!

Most of England's Barbados heroes will be in action over the next month as the season moves from Test matches to a series of one-day internationals, featuring five games against Australia.

Whilst the Aussies will be looking for revenge after their defeat in the ICC World Twenty20 final, England will be hoping to gain some sort of edge with the Ashes series now only five months away.

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A series of firsts at Lord's

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Adam Mountford | 08:36 UK time, Wednesday, 2 June 2010

So the Test Match Special charabanc rolls onto Old Trafford ready for Friday's second Test after a highly enjoyable and in the end fairly competitive opening outing of the summer at the home of cricket.

Lord's again proved to be anything but stuffy as a venue with some imaginative initiatives which earned the MCC a rather rare TMS honour.

For many years now regular listeners will know we present a bottle of bubbly to honour the Champagne Moment of the game - an award which bears the name of TMS legend Brian Johnston.

Often the prize goes to someone who's taken a great catch or scored a brilliant hundred - but this time the commentators awarded the bubbly to a "body" for what must be the first time after deciding that the MCC's idea to allow spectators to walk on the "hallowed turf" during the lunch interval on Monday was the moment which Brian Johnston would have appreciated the most.

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