England and TMS ready for Aussie one-day series
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.
These forthcoming one-day games also mark the 30th anniversary of cricket matches sponsored by NatWest - and the birthday was marked earlier this week by a special event held in central London with Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar.
The "Little Master" took part in a half-hour question and answer session and Test Match Special was given special permission to record the event - you'll be able to hear some of Tendulkar's fascinating thoughts on the game during our coverage of Tuesday's opening one-day international against Australia at the Rose Bowl.
Tendulkar scored a century against England as a precocious 17-year-old in 1990. Picture: Getty Images
You'll hear Tendulkar's thoughts on the forthcoming events Down Under - "I think England have a good chance of retaining the Ashes", on the formats of the game in the future: "I am sure things will keep changing with each generation... but for me, Test cricket will always be the number one format. That is the most challenging, tough and satisfying form of the game", and on his own future: "I want to play for as long as possible and as long as I have the desire and the hunger I will carry on... The day I do not want to get out of bed and do anything then I know it will be time to go in another direction."
You will also hear some fascinating memories of Tendulkar's first tour with India in the UK 20 years ago when he became the second youngest player to score a Test hundred and his memories of that epic 2002 one-day series final at Lord's when India chased down a mammoth target to lift the trophy.
Our commentary team for the Australia ODIs includes Jonathan Agnew, Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Henry Blofeld and Simon Hughes, with Jim Maxwell from ABC radio again providing the Australian perspective.
They will be joined by former England captain Michael Vaughan, who although best remembered as the man who won back the Ashes, suffered a very different experience in his first game against Australia in a one-day international back in 2001.
"In my first game against the Aussies I was bowled first ball by Jason Gillespie as England were dismissed for just 86. I remember the Australian captain Steve Waugh set a very attacking field for me. Three slips, two gullies and a short leg... not what I was expecting in a one-day international. I think the ball nipped back, flicked my pads and bowled me. My feet were nowhere."
Our other summarisers for the Aussie ODIs include TMS favourites Vic Marks and Phil Tufnell, plus Angus Fraser will be with us for the first time this summer. We will also be joined by former England batsmen Mark Butcher and Alec Stewart while current Lancashire boss and ex-England coach Peter Moores will be part of our team at Old Trafford. And legendary Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson will be providing his normal forthright views throughout our coverage of the games.
As well as ball-by-ball commentary other features coming up include a "day in the life" of England women's captain Charlotte Edwards including her work supporting the Chance to Shine campaign, the Lord Mayor of London will be telling us about a very special cricket match being played at Windsor Castle featuring a Royal Household team and we'll be joined by a host of celebrities as the Lord's Taverners celebrate their 60th anniversary.
It all gets underway on Tuesday, 22 June with the opening ODI at the Rose Bowl and TMS will be on the air at 1415 BST on both BBC 5 live sports extra and BBC Radio 4 Long Wave.