Fletcher to guest on Test Match Special
With the opening match of England's tour of South Africa already under way, I thought it would be a good time to let you know some more details of BBC Radio's coverage of what promises to be a really exciting next few weeks.
BBC Radio 5 live will have regular updates from England's warm-up games, starting with the match against Diamond Eagles in Bloemfontein on Friday. Then the Test Match Special team will be in action from 13 November with ball-by-ball commentary on the two Twenty20 Internationals, the five match ODI series and the four Test matches, which get underway at Centurion Park on 16 December.
As you will have probably heard new TMS signing Michael Vaughan will be with us in South Africa for the Test series. Vaughan made his Test debut in Johannesburg in 1999 and led England to a 2-1 series victory on England's last tour of South Africa five years ago. He will be joining our correspondent Jonathan Agnew plus other TMS favourites including Christopher Martin Jenkins, Simon Mann, Geoff Boycott and Vic Marks. But Vaughan will not be the only TMS new boy joining us on this tour.
Former England coach Duncan Fletcher joins us for the Cape Town Test and the corresponding one-day international in his home town. Like Vaughan, Fletcher's involvement with England began with a series in South Africa 10 years ago and he guided the team to some great successes including that 2005 Ashes victory. But Fletcher will not only bring his experiences as England coach to our coverage. He is currently working for the South Africa national side in a consultancy role. Fletcher is also a former coach of Western Province where he helped to nurture such South African talents as Jacques Kallis and Herschelle Gibbs.
Popular South African commentator Gerald de Kock returns to the TMS box and he will be part of the ball-by-ball team throughout the tour to help bring some local perspective. We have two former South African stars with us as well. Daryll Cullinan, who played over 200 times for South Africa in Tests and limited-overs games, will be with us for the one day internationals and ex South Africa captain Shaun Pollock will join us from time to time during the Test Series.
Also during the one-day-internationals Matthew Hoggard will be popping in to the TMS box to join Aggers and co. Hoggard provided a match-winning 12-wicket haul at the Wanderers on England's last tour and he also enjoyed a very successful spell playing domestic cricket in South Africa for Free State.
BBC Radio 5 Live will have its usual updates every 15 minutes on all international games with Alison Mitchell and Kevin Howells. Jonathan Agnew and Geoff Boycott will present their legendary TMS podcast following each day of international cricket and there will of course be extensive coverage at bbc.co.uk/cricket including text commentary, features and blogs.
We'll try and make sure there are plenty of behind the scenes photographs available on our TMS Flickr site, plus check out Jonathan Agnew and Alison Mitchell's twitter updates throughout the tour. And as always we want to hear from you via e-mail, text and with your posts here.