Switch-hits, new captains...and fishing rods
All those at the Swalec Stadium deserved better for all the hard work they have put in to transform the ground - it will be fascinating to see what other changes we will see over the next 12 months before Cardiff hosts the first Ashes Test.
It may have been a soggy end to the summer - but if you think about it, what an amazing few months this has been for the England team and for the game of cricket in general.
When we gathered at Lord's in May for the start of England's international fixtures, Michael Vaughan was looking forward to his summer as Test captain and Paul Collingwood seemed to be growing into his role leading the one-day side.
The concept of a "switch-hit" was not on the radar, any talk of a "Champions League" was confined to discussions about Manchester United's triumph in Moscow and as for Steve Harmison, he'd never bowl for England again....would he?
And if I had told you in May that England's players would shortly be off to Antigua to play in a Twenty20 match where each man stands to win £500,000 each - you probably wouldn't have believed me!
The last few months have also seen huge controversy at The Oval over a run-out incident which was described by some in New Zealand as the most disgraceful event in the game since Trevor Chappell bowled his underarm ball.
There was the Champions Trophy saga, the debate over whether Zimbabwe would tour England next summer while plans for a franchise-based breakaway Twenty20 league in England were leaked and then dismissed as the ECB went for a new-look domestic structure starting in 2010.
This is just a flavour of the incredible last few months for the game - and I have barely mentioned anything that has happened on the field!
As for Test Match Special, it has been a busy but incredibly enjoyable summer in the box. And I thought it would be a good time to present a few end-of-international season awards.
You may agree...you may disagree...You may have a few nominations of your own.
New Cricket Commentary Phrase of the Summer:
A tie between Phil Tufnell's "he's been Feng Shui'd" to describe a batsman being bowled. "Feng Shui'd - he's 'ad his furniture re-arranged" and Jason Gillespie at Twenty20 finals day: "Graham Napier is bowling good holiday resorts - that's what you need at the death, get the ball in the block hole". Dizzy went on to explain: "Good holiday resorts ...Majorca!"
The Brian Johnston/Jonathan Agnew award for best on-air corpse:
Another dead heat between Christopher Martin-Jenkins following his infamous "Daniel Vettori keeps his rod down, so to speak" comment and the "Bearded Wonder" Bill Frindall bursting into hysterics when he worked out his "rock star" alias following Phil Tufnell's game of putting together the name of your first pet and your mothers maiden name.
Best View from the Boundary:
We've had an amazing summer of guests in the TMS box from Conservative leader David Cameron and former Labour leader of the Lords Baroness Amos to Lesley Garrett, Sir Tom Courtenay and Eric Clapton. But my favourite was Joel Joffe, the lawyer who defended Nelson Mandela in 1963. He shared some amazing stories and it was fantastic to meet him.
Champagne Moment of the summer
This is perhaps the most difficult of them all. Kevin Pietersen reaching a century on debut as England captain at The Oval would get lots of votes, as would Graeme Smith's brilliant century to win the Test series at Edgbaston.
But I think I'll go for another moment from the Test in Birmingham. Paul Collingwood, possibly thinking he was playing his last innings as a Test batsman, goes down the wicket to reach a hundred with a six just a few minutes after Pietersen had failed with a similar stroke. Amazing moment.
TMS Special Award
Again I think this should be shared, this time between three players. Michael Vaughan in recognition of his success as Test captain, let's hope he comes back as a top-class Test batsman. And also two players who are retiring at the end of the summer - Graeme Hick and Darren Gough.
Both have provided incredible entertainment over their memorable careers. Of course both Hick and Gough still have a few more weeks before they can put their feet up because even though the international fixtures may have ended, there is still much up for grabs in the County Championship and Pro-40.
Kevin Howells and the team will bring you extensive coverage of the climax to the domestic season on Five Live whilst keep an eye on the sport website for details on local radio commentary you can access on the key fixtures.
And don't worry, there will be plenty to keep you entertained during the winter months. Jonathan Agnew will lead our coverage of the Stanford Super Series starting at the end of October - watch out for more details.
We'll have ball-by-ball commentary on England's tour to India starting with the seven-game ODI series from the 14 November.
Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar will be part of our team which also includes Geoff Boycott, Vic Marks, Angus Fraser and for the first time the former England and Glamorgan batsman Steve James whilst "the analyst" Simon Hughes returns to TMS after his successful stint with us in Sri Lanka last winter, this time as a ball-by-ball commentator.
And more details of the rest of our winter coverage will also follow shortly, so watch this space.
And finally may I take this opportunity to thank you all for listening this summer and for contributing with your letters, calls, texts and e-mails.