TMS ready for the summer
After a busy winter which saw TMS broadcast from places as widespread as Cape Town , Colombo and Christchurch, we are back on Thursday 15 May for the programme's 51st year bringing ball-by-ball commentary.
This is my first full summer as Test Match Special producer and I am really excited about the next few months. Although there is no doubt the whole landscape of world cricket feels a little different with the growing phenomenon of the Twenty20 game, there is something really special about the first Test Match of the summer.
I thought you'd like to know a little about our plans for Lord's and for the new season in general.
The BBC's Cricket Correspondent Jonathan Agnew will, of course, be leading our team for the first Test and he'll be joined by Henry Blofeld, Christopher Martin-Jenkins and New Zealand commentator Bryan Waddle.
CMJ has now retired from his job at The Times, but he's still a key part of our team and I'm hoping that now he doesn't have newspaper work to worry about he may even turn up for the odd commentary stint on time!
Our expert summarisers for Lord's are a diverse bunch. The irrepressible Geoff Boycott is back to offer his forthright views on the game and we'll hear exactly what he is going to be doing to help England's batsman in the future.
I am also delighted to say that former New Zealand captain Jeremy Coney is joining TMS once again. Coney, who led the Kiwis to their first series win in England back in 1986, has been living in Wales where he has just finished a postgraduate course in stage management and lighting design in Cardiff.
I am fairly certain that our third summariser, Phil Tufnell, did not apply for the same course! Tufnell instead showed his prowess eating witchetty grubs on his way to being crowned "King of the Jungle" on I'm a Celebrity - Get me out of here and is now demonstrating dubious sporting knowledge as one of the captains on A Question Of Sport. But he knows plenty about what it's like playing at Lord's after spending 16 years representing Middlesex at the home of cricket.
Also part of the team this summer will be Alison Mitchell, who will be broadcasting live from the boundary edge. She will provide a different perspective on the action as well as keeping a close eye on any breaking stories.
As well as reporting regularly for TMS, Alison will also be offering a unique Blog from the Boundary on bbc.co.uk/cricket, and updating you throughout the day with her observations on the day's play via the brand new TMS Twitter. More details to follow shortly.
As well as our ball-by-ball commentary, there will be plenty more to enjoy during our coverage of the first Test.
I mentioned the Twenty20 cricket revolution and we'll be discussing that in more detail during Thursday's lunch interval.
As you may have seen on last week's Inside Sport, Jonathan Agnew has been in India to see how the Indian Premier League has been received.
Aggers has been talking to the likes of Matthew Hayden, Harbhajan Singh and Michael Hussey about the IPL and we will be asking whether it has been a success and what it means for the future of cricket.
On that subject, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board , Giles Clarke, will be joining us on Friday at tea to discuss possible plans for an English version of the IPL Twenty20 league and we'll get an update on the exciting plans of the Texan billionaire Sir Allen Stanford.
As always we want you to join the debate. You can text 84040, e-mail TMS@bbc.co.uk or contribute to the blog at any time.
But also during the lunch interval on Sunday you will be able to call the programme as well and talk to Aggers and the TMS team.
Our View from the Boundary normally takes place during the lunch interval on Saturday. But our special guest for this Test match has a good excuse for choosing a different day to be with us - on Saturday she'll be at Wembley singing at the Cup Final!
Lesley Garrett , Britain's best known soprano, will instead be joining us on Friday to talk about her love of cricket as well as her amazing career from the English National Opera to "The Sound of Music".
One of the things I've learnt in this job is that you never know who else may pop into the Test Match Special box. Last year we were joined at Lord's by cricket fans such as Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, Nicholas Parsons and Razorlight's lead singer Johnny Borrell, so watch out for some unexpected guests during our coverage!
It all gets underway at 1045 BST on Thursday 15 May on Five Live Sports Extra, Radio Four long wave and online.
As well as ball-by-ball commentary on Test Match Special, Five Live will have updates every 15 minutes from Pat Murphy and Alec Stewart plus Gabby Logan will be broadcasting her Sunday morning Five Live programme live from Lord's on 18 May.
Radio One will also be live at the ground throughout the Test and at close of play Jonathan Agnew and Geoff Boycott will be rounding up the day's action with interviews from the main performers, which you'll be able to hear on Five Live or by downloading the Test Match Special podcast.