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Adam Mountford | 11:35 UK time, Friday, 1 May 2009

While the debate rages about whether the England selectors have picked the right team for the first Test of the summer, you'll be pleased to know there is little controversy about our squad for Lord's.

Leading our commentary team as usual will be cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew, who will be joined by Christopher Martin Jenkins MBE and the voice of West Indies cricket Tony Cozier.

Our expert summarisers at Lords will be the irrepressible Geoff Boycott, Phil Tufnell, who knows a thing or two about bowling at the home of cricket after his long Middlesex career, and Sir Viv Richards.

Viv enjoyed an eventful winter as part of the TMS commentary team. In Jamaica, we heard his excitement as England were bowled out for 51; in Antigua, we saw his understandable anger over the abandoned Test at the ground which bears his name and then in Trinidad, as the West Indies nervously hung on for a series-winning draw, Viv simply could not watch the climax to the match and instead stood at the back of the media centre listening anxiously to the roars of the crowd. Let's hope he's calmed down now!

Sir Viv Richards

On top of our ball by ball commentary we will be profiling England's new full-time coach Andy Flower during the lunch interval on Wednesday and among our guests will be the man who brought Flower into the England set-up, former coach Peter Moores.

We'll also hear from Ravi Bopara and Alastair Cook who have played alongside Flower at Essex and will now be playing under him with England and we'll be joined in the commentary box by Henry Olonga, who joined Flower in a black armband protest against the political situation in Zimbabwe during the 2003 World Cup.

During the lunch interval on Thursday we will be hearing about two forthcoming cricket based documentaries.

Actor Colin Salmon, recently tipped to be both the next James Bond and the next Dr Who, will be at Lords to tell us about "The Empire of Cricket", a major new BBC programme looking at the history of the game in England, Australia, the West Indies and India and we will also be hearing about a forthcoming film documentary, "Out of the Ashes", which tells the incredible story of the Afghanistan cricket team who recently against all the odds came close to qualifying for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

For our traditional "View from the Boundary" on Friday, Jonathan Agnew will be joined by a man who will probably rather enjoy a relaxing day out at the cricket, the executive chairman of Marks and Spencer, Sir Stuart Rose.

As we know it is not the easiest time to be a top businessman and Sir Stuart will be giving us an insight into his current challenges and, of course, will be talking about his love of cricket.

During the lunch interval on Saturday, England's victorious women's team will be parading their World Cup trophy around Lord's and we will be taking the opportunity to celebrate their achievements and ask what the long term affect of their success down under will be on the Women's game in Britain.

Former captain, now the ECB's head of the women's game, Clare Connor will be joining us along with current skipper Charlotte Edwards, Wisden Cricketer of the Year Claire Taylor and other members of the winning team.

You'll be delighted to know that Jonathan Agnew and Geoff Boycott's now legendary "Test Match Special podcast" will be back after each day's play. The interactive scorecard running alongside our commentary will be available again as well as the text commentary - all the details at bbc.co.uk/cricket.

We will, of course, we welcome your e-mails and texts to the programme, tms@bbc.co.uk or text us on 84040 and there are lots of other ways to stay in touch with the action from Lord's. Arlo White will be joined by England's most capped player Alec Stewart to provide updates every 15 minutes on BBC Five Live and David Garrido will be broadcasting live from the ground for Radio One.

This promises to be quite simply the most exciting summer in English cricket history - and it all gets underway at 1045 on Wednesday morning on Five Live Sports Extra, Radio 4 Long Wave and online. Don't miss it.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    No surprises really and I'm certainly looking forward to hearing Boycott slugging it out with Aggers and Tuffers although I don't rate Boycott's chances against Sir Viv who is soooooo easy going in the commentary box - let battle commence on Wednesday..............

  • Comment number 2.

    Sounds great!

    Wish I could listen to outside the UK... etc. etc. as usual, etc. (yawn)

  • Comment number 3.

    Is there any chance the estimable Sir Viv can manage to get through a sentence or two without using the words "particular" or "individual"?

  • Comment number 4.

    Any chance of hearing blowers this summer? Decent line up otherwise.

  • Comment number 5.

    Where is Vic Marks? He should be there for every test match, along with Mike Selvey. I think Simon Hughes is also an excellent commentator and I'd like to hear him more often as well.

  • Comment number 6.

    Looks a good team and fortunately we have some familiar voices. Consistency of selection might not have benefited the England team but it certainly does benefit TMS: last winter's coverage was superb because we had the same commentators throughout. Just one gripe. Could we please have fewer 'legendary', 'irrepressible', 'traditional', 'simply the most exciting ever' etc etc in these blogs? TMS is at its best when understated. Good luck for a very hectic TMS summer!

  • Comment number 7.

    I live in Switzerland and I am unable to receive the TMS over the radio here. I don't think I will be able to listen to the commentary online either. Can someone advise me as how I can access the TMS commentary on radio or online, if you have managed to do so living abroad?

  • Comment number 8.

    I'm in Ireland, and last summer I was able to hear all of TMS online, unless things have changed this year??

  • Comment number 9.

    Looking forward to sharing an "oversaturated" summer of international cricket in the company of TMS. What happened to the more simple times of 3 Texaco Trophy one-dayers and then the 5 Test match Series? Ah well ... times have changed. Sterling job by the team in the winter, good to hear all the familiar voices again. Hoping the West Indies batting is up to scratch, or Boycs will be all over them. And where is Vic Marks? An integral member of the TMS Team.

  • Comment number 10.

    Don't worry Vic Marks will be part of the TMS team for the second test.

    No Blowers though, I hope he is being saved for the Ashes tests.

    Its Aggers, Simon Mann and Tony Cozier with Vic, Viv and Alec Stewart.

    I hope Pat Murphy will be on Five Live duty for the second test.

    Good blog though Adam.

  • Comment number 11.

    No Blofeld...there's a relief...

    I like Alec Stewart who provides strong and respected views and is a refreshing addition. As much as I like Boycott, please encourage him to use some new lines. His 'my mom could bowl 'im out' and his teasing of Agnew 'i could have scored oondred and fity against you in no time' (in Geoff's language, no time probably means after six sessions)are now really tiring and boring.

  • Comment number 12.

    Good news with being back in old blighty is that it'll be cold so the commentaries will be from behind glass :-) have to admit I found it hard to hear some of the coverage from the Windies because of the crowd noise.

    Keep up the good work!

  • Comment number 13.

    Re AZ - 1981, 2009 - Kampioenen van Nederland's comments: I like his name, as I went to school around the corner to AZ! But, more importantly, I like his name a lot.
    On another note: in the run-up to (and during) the World T20, I'd really like to see some involvement of the past treasures of Associate cricket. I'd be really interested to hear (e.g.) Tim de Leede battling the airwaves with Aggers et al. Can we expect such contributions this summer in addition to the TMS stalwarts?

  • Comment number 14.

    Are we going to get to hear Blowers this summer. I certainly hope so...

  • Comment number 15.

    Great to have TMS back today - the start of the summer.

    I was quite surprised to hear Simon Mann though? Not that I'm complaining as he is my favourite commentator but he is not mentioned in Adam's blog or the Radio Times for this test, he is due to be part of the team for the second test at Durham.

    Also no Sir Viv, I heard why and that he probably won't make any of this tour but where is Crofty - I hope he will be around to replace him.

    I'm looking forward to the first commentary from Blowers whenever that is going to be.

  • Comment number 16.

    What a day we had today! And so good that the summariser at the crucial time was Tuffers, whose gentle and generous humour is so opposite to the carping and crowing of his alternative. For me this lightness of touch and positive attitude is what makes a summer's day.

  • Comment number 17.

    An excellent team, but I'm seriously missing Blowers, so will have to disagree with the line about 'little controversy' for the TMS Team line-up at Lord's.

  • Comment number 18.

    TMS, my favourite outside broadcast. However with a Wednesday start to a 3 day Test Match, Lord's and its Friends,have lost Test Match Saturday and Sunday from their schedule of days Cricket. I luckily enjoyed Thursday in the Warner Stand.

    Who is the winner in this debacle.

    1 The Players with 2 days off. 2 The Members and crowd/attendance with a free weekend, deprived of live Cricket, paid for well in advance. 3 The TV station with blank schedules or 4 The International Planners who start Test Matches on a Wednesday, thus allowing BLANK WEEKENDS.

    Money should not rule. 11am Thursday starts Please.

 

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