From the Commons to Lord's
Already this season on Test Match Special we have been joined in the commentary box by a man who has played the part of the Prime Minister, by a singer who has performed in front of the Prime Minister, and by someone who has been sacked by the Prime Minister. Well at Lord's this week we are going to be joined by a man who wants to be the next Prime Minister.
After Baroness Amos, the former leader of the House of Lords, soprano Lesley Garrett and actor Robert Bathhurst, David Cameron will be the latest "View from the Boundary" at Lord's during the lunch interval on Friday.
In fact we have two "Views" this Test match, as we did for the corresponding game last summer when radio and TV personality Nicolas Parsons and Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe both chatted to Aggers during the Lord's Test against India. And our second "View from the Boundary" for this game should also be a fascinating guest.
Back in 1963 Baron Joel Joffe was a young defence solicitor so dismayed by the apartheid system of his native South Africa that he was on the brink of emigrating. But he was then asked to take over the defence of a group of ANC activists including a man called Nelson Mandela. It was a trial which gripped the world and Joffe will have an amazing story to tell us when he joins us at lunch time on Saturday.
Joffe and Cameron are not the only interesting names in the commentary box for this Lord's Test. At tea on Thursday impressionist and cricket enthusiast Rory Bremner will be with us to have a chat about the oldest and most famous cricket charity - the Lord's Taverners - and during the tea interval on Saturday colourful football manager Neil Warnock will be our guest. Warnock is a huge cricket fan, but this will be his first visit to Lord's and it will be fascinating to hear what he makes of the home of cricket.
We will also be debating a variety of issues. ECB chairman Giles Clarke will be joining us during the tea interval on Friday and I am sure he will have lots to tell us about his recent week in Dubai where the subject of Zimbabwe dominated the ICC Board meeting. It is also exactly a year to go before the first Test of the 2009 Ashes will be played in Cardiff and we will be discussing the state of the England team with 12 months to go. As always, we want you to get involved in all our debates. You can e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org, text 84040 or contribute to this blog. Also on Sunday you'll have the chance to phone into Test Match Special and talk to the commentators.
By the way, our team at Lord's will be led, of course, by cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew, joined by Christopher Martin Jenkins and Mark Pougatch. Mark has been involved with the BBC Cricket team for many years, but this will be his first Test match commentary for TMS. Mark plays cricket for the wonderfully named Grannies CC, a club he tells me "was started by my father 52 years ago after a particularly good lunch". Mark describes himself as a "noisy, erratic wicketkeeper and an exceptionally average batsman".
Well if Mark is looking for any advice on batting he could do worse than chat with the legendary Geoff Boycott who will be leading our team of expert summarisers at Lord's. Providing the South African viewpoint will be their former captain Shaun Pollock who, I am delighted to say, will be joining us in the TMS box for the rest of the summer. Pollock will not only be able to give us an insight from the 108 Tests he played over a glittering 12-year career for his country, he is still playing the game for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL and for Durham. Completing our team will be two bowlers who know Lord's especially well: former Middlesex men Mike Selvey and Phil Tufnell.
It's certainly been an interesting experience sharing a commentary box with Tuffers this summer - among the many highlights was when Henry Blofeld told him that he was "mathematically incontinent" after Tufnell told him his highest first class score was "67 - all in fours"
Bill Frindall will be keeping a close eye on Tufnell's arithmetic as he returns to the scorer's seat after his break during the NatWest Series and Alison Mitchell returns as the TMS reporter keeping us up to date with events out and about. As well as her updates on TMS Alison will also be providing her "blog from the boundary" - all the details here at bbc.co.uk/cricket.
As well as TMS commentary, BBC 5 Live will have updates every 15 minutes with Pat Murphy and England's most capped player Alec Stewart, Newsbeat's David Garrido will be at Lord's providing updates for Radio 1 and if you can't listen to our coverage you can still follow all the action with the TMS text commentary.
And at the end of each day's play don't miss Jonathan Agnew and Geoff Boycott's review on 5 Live which you can then download as part of the TMS Podcast including player interviews.
Our coverage of the First Npower Test starts at 1045 BST on Thursday on 5 Live Sports Extra, Radio 4 LW and online. And if you can't wait as long as that for live cricket don't miss our coverage of the quarter-finals of the Twenty20 Cup starting on Monday at 1700 BST for Durham against Yorkshire and then Essex against Yorkshire. On Tuesday its Middlesex v Lancashire at the Oval from 1730 BST and then Warwickshire against Kent from 1730 BST on Wednesday.