Lily brings a smile to TMS
In the past when Test Match Special was talking about a Lillee it would have been Dennis, the former Australia fast bowler who terrorised opposing batsmen in the 70s and early 80s.
But there was a new Lily hogging the airwaves during lunch in the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval on Saturday - Lily Allen to be precise.
The singer had revealed to the nation through her prolific Twitter output that she was a fan of the game - and in particular England fast bowler Graham Onions (she was presented on air with a cricket book signed by him).
Fellow tweeter Jonathan Agnew got in touch with her and invited her on to the programme and she replied she "couldn't think of anything she would more like to do".
So after an overnight rock star-esque bus journey from a festival in the Netherlands (where one of her roadie crew managed to find TMS on the internet and wired it up to a speaker), Lily stopped off at The Oval en route to the V Festival at Chelmsford in Essex.
We have all heard tales of her partying, fondness for swearing and "wardrobe malfunctions" - a phrase I bet Aggers had never used on TMS before - but the 24-year-old arrived without an entourage and there was no hint of celebrity about her.
In fact the only "diva" act she could be accused of was keeping her Ray-Ban shades on throughout the interview - but this was due to the fact she had not had much sleep and said she felt tired.
Chatting to her before she went on air, she admitted: "I'm a bit nervous, way more nervous than when I go on stage!" But she needn't have worried as she soon had the TMS crew smitten.
Not surprisingly, the commentary box was busier than usual with Tuffers delaying his lunch so he could listen in and Jim Maxwell and CMJ hanging around too. Rachael Flintoff (Freddie's wife) appeared up as well and national press photographers were also allowed in to mark the occasion.
Dressed in a blue and white striped t-shirt, jeans and grey suede boots and without any make-up, Lily explained it was Flintoff's drunken exploits at Downing Street during the Ashes celebrations four years ago which prompted her to get more seriously into cricket.
But her father, actor Keith Allen, and brother Alfie are cricket nuts too and her dad used to play for pub teams so she grew up in a cricket-loving family.
We found out she is a Test purist - none of this Twenty20 nonsense - and enjoys a bit of sledging but wishes we could hear more of what is said out in the middle on TMS. Might need to bleep out most of the words though, Lily!
She also had a few words of advice for the ECB when planning future Ashes series. "I personally think it should be seven or nine matches. It should be all-out war over the summer," she joked.
Being the fashionista she is, Lily called for England's whites to be turned back to the old-fashioned creams and said we should have caps like the Aussies' baggy greens but made of vintage denim to make them look old...not a bad shout.
She summed up her love of Test cricket by saying: "It's such a polar opposite to what I do. It's so relaxing when my life is so fast."
And with that she headed off for an expectant 35,000 crowd in Essex - but planning to keep one ear on the cricket!