Stay on the edge of those seats
On this day exactly a year ago, England clinched a famous Ashes series victory here at The Oval after a lengthy delay for bad light led to a drawn fifth Test.
And again there is a sense of anticlimax at The Oval.
Many newspapers were confident enough to name England’s Ashes captain in this morning’s editions, and have a pretty good stab at the rest of the squad.
The remaining questions have been answered by the arrival of press releases put out under embargo (so I could tell you but I would have to kill you – all of you).
Everyone else will have to wait until 1500BST, when a glitzy presentation will be put on here by Sky Sports, while BBC Radio Five Live will also reveal the 16 men aiming to retain the Ashes.
Once again, it is a grey day in south London, with Surrey Brown Caps warming up in the nets for a Pro40 Division Two promotion clash with Gloucestershire.
Stay on the edge of your seats …