From Twenty20 back to the Tests
Well after a breathtaking Twenty20 Cup Finals Day at the Rose Bowl its back to Test match duty for the BBC cricket team.
Twenty20 cricket may not be everyone's favourite form of the game, but even its fiercest critics would have to admit Saturday night's thrilling climax in Southampton will be a difficult act to follow at Edgbaston.
What was brilliant about the final at the Rose Bowl was that despite all the pre-match talk about the financial bonanza on offer for the winners, Saturday night was all about the cricket itself. The final showed how even in the shortest form of the game a match can ebb and flow with Middlesex and Kent swapping favouritism to win at regular intervals before Ed Joyce's side finally managed to secure a three-run victory off the last ball of the match.
Middlesex had earlier knocked much-fancied Durham out of the tournament which rather spoiled Steve Harmison's day. Earlier the fast bowler had been named in the England squad for Wednesday's third Test and it will be fascinating to find out if he makes the starting 11 and if so who misses out. The national selector Geoff Miller hinted to us on Saturday that perhaps Stuart Broad may be rested, but after the events of Headingley last week who knows what the selectors may do.
There are few surprises in our selection for the Edgbaston Test. Leading the commentary team will be the Jonathan Agnew who will be joined by TMS regulars Henry Blofeld and Simon Mann. Former South African captain Shaun Pollock will be able to offer a fascinating insight into Harmison's form after bowling alongside him during Saturday's semi-final at the Rose Bowl. Pollock will probably be glad to put his feet up in the TMS commentary box after playing two big Twenty20 games in five days between the Tests.
Our other summarisers joining us in Birmingham will be TMS favourite Vic Marks and England's most capped player Alec Stewart. Alec has particularly good memories of playing against South Africa.
In 1998 he was the England captain when his team won a dramatic series by two Tests to one after a thrilling victory in the final Test in Leeds. Then five years later Alec played his 133 and final Test at his home ground The Oval. It was another amazing game as England somehow managed to turn around the match and square the series.
Completing our team at Edgbaston with be our roving reporter. As you may have heard Alison Mitchell has been doing this role throughout the summer, but as she is off to cover the Beijing Olympics we have a guest reporter for this game. We've chosen someone who knows the ground particularly well after playing at Edgbaston for 15 years - former Bears, England and Scotland all-rounder Dougie Brown.
During the lunch interval on Thursday we are going to be examining the legacy of former Warwickshire and South Africa coach Bob Woolmer .This week sees the publication of the book he finished just before his death "The art and science of cricket". Among those joining us to talk about a very popular figure in the game will be his son Dale as well as several players he influenced during his coaching career.
On Friday joining us for a View from the Boundary will be Tom Chaplin the lead singer of hugely successful band Keane. Keane's first two studio albums, Hopes and Fears and Under the Iron Sea achieved amazing sales worldwide with their debut release earning the accolade of best-selling album of the year in 2004.
Songs like Somewhere Only We Know and Everything Changes have been major hits for the band who are huge cricket fans and regular visitors to Hove to watch their local side Sussex. Tom has already spent some time in the TMS box this summer after visiting us during the first Test at Lord's.
During the tea interval on Friday we will be joined by the head of women's cricket at the ECB, Clare Connor, and women's captain Charlotte Edwards. It is a huge 12 months for the team with the World Cup, World Twenty20 and the defence of the Ashes all coming up.
This week also marks the 35th anniversary of England's victory in the inaugural Women's World Cup final held at Edgbaston. The women's competition took place two years before the first men's tournament and of course England's men, unlike the women have never lifted a World Cup trophy.
As well as Test Match Special commentary, Pat Murphy and former England all-rounder Dominic Cork will provide regular updates on Five Live. Geoff Boycott will also appear regularly throughout the game including joining Jonathan Agnew at close of play for the now legendary TMS Podcast.
Also on Sunday evening Jonathan Agnew and Alec Stewart will be hosting a special cricket 606 on Five Live.
And don't miss our interactive scorecard, text commentary and photos from the commentary box all available at bbc.co.uk/cricket.