BBC Ashes coverage - TMS and much more
At the first news conference I attended here in Brisbane, the always-lively Graeme Swann described his emotions about playing in the Ashes down under.
The spinner said: "When we first got over here, I daren't think of the first Test match - because I was like a kid on December the first, with an Advent calendar. I couldn't wait for the 25th to come along."
Well after a build-up which seemed almost to begin when Swann claimed the winning wicket at The Oval last summer, that day has finally arrived.
The Test Match Special commentary box is on the right, in the stands at the Gabba. TMS Flickr page
At 2330 GMT on Wednesday in the UK, Test Match Special will be on the air to bring you the much-anticipated opening day of the 2010/11 Ashes series. If you cannot wait that long you'll be able to catch all the early build-up on BBC Radio 5 Live with a special Ashes edition of the Tony Livesey show from 2230, with Mark Pougatch in Brisbane and guests including the former England coach Peter Moores.
The TMS team have now all gathered in Brisbane from various corners of the globe. Michael Vaughan has been hanging out with his old mate Andrew Flintoff in Dubai, Geoff Boycott has been playing golf over in New Zealand whilst Jonathan Agnew is here fresh from watching England's very successful preparations in Perth, Adelaide and Hobart.
Michael Vaughan is very excited about the series ahead. He texted me at 4.40am on Tuesday to ask if he could have the pass he needs to get into the matches, he turned up at the breakfast room at the hotel before they had even started serving and then departed early for the Gabba to watch England's final preparations in the nets.
Vaughan of course has pretty good memories of playing in Australia having scored three big hundreds in the five Tests he played over here. You know anticipation must be high ... even Christopher martin-Jenkins was spotted in the hotel three days before the match starts. However whether he arrives at the ground before play is another matter!
Joining Aggers, CMJ , Boycs and Vaughan at the Gabba will be popular Aussie commentator Jim Maxwell and there will be contributions from the analyst Simon Hughes. Our Australian summariser for this first Test is the former opening batsman Michael Slater. Slats enjoyed a highly successful Ashes career and knows all about the importance of the opening salvos of a series. He famously smashed the opening delivery in 1994/95 for four on his way to a blistering century which set the tone for what followed.
But I am also delighted to announce that popping in throughout this Ashes series on both TMS and 5 Live will be the man who faced the opening deliveries of the last two Ashes series - Justin Langer.
Langer is now the Australian batting coach but he will be part of the BBC Radio team as well as writing on bbc.co.uk/cricket. Of course the opening balls he faced in 2005 and 2006/7 were rather different. One struck him a nasty blow, the other ... well I probably don't need to remind you.
I'm sure you will do all you can to join TMS through the night all series long - and we would love you to get in touch by e-mailing email@example.com or sending us messages on Twitter - either direct to me @tmsproducer or with the hashtag #bbcashes.
You can also listen live on the BBC Sport website, and follow the live text commentary from Ben Dirs in London and regular updates from Tom Fordyce in Brisbane.
But I also accept most of you are not nocturnal - so I am very happy to announce a brand new innovation for this Ashes series. At the close of play, which for this Test will probably be between 0700 and 0730 GMT, we will bring you a special half-hour review of the day's play, available on both 5 Live Sports Extra and Radio Four on 198LW.
This will include Aggers' and Boycott's now legendary assessment of the day's action as well as interviews and the day's highlights. But if you miss that, don't panic because 5 Live Sports Extra will have Ashes highlights available from around 0800 GMT, running throughout the day. There is also the TMS Podcast available to download, so there will be no excuse for not catching up with the action.
5 Live will have updates throughout the night before Ashes Breakfast gets underway at 0600 with plenty of reaction, debate and your chance to have your say on the drama. Mark Pougatch will present from the Gabba and he'll be joined by a star-studded cast of guests every morning.
And as well as ball-by-ball commentary we will have plenty to enjoy during the intervals, including a feature interview with Andrew Flintoff (ahead of the Inside Sport: Ashes Warrior programme on BBC 1 next Monday), a special profile of Graeme Swann and we'll catch up with Oli Broom, who is scheduled to arrive at the Gabba on the opening day after an amazing charity cycle ride to Australia from the UK.
Let's just hope his incredible journey is worth it and we have a fantastic start to what promises to be a very special Ashes series.