Freddie or not?
Bumble backs Andrew Flintoff to recover from his latest setback, but isn't so sure about Mohammad Yousuf.
Last Updated: 05/08/10 2:34pm
Andrew Flintoff won't play for Lancashire this season and that's a big blow for the lad.
He's determined to have one last go at it and the sensible thing to do is wait until he's completely ready. He's come back early before and it hasn't worked.
People say he should call it a day, but I think he wants to have a do with his mates at Lancs for another couple of years. He's an honest lad and he wants another crack. There's nothing wrong with that.
He's got other things that he wants to do - and I agree it's very unlikely he'll play for England again - but I think we'll see him playing for Lancs, both in one-day cricket and the County Championship.
It's a very frustrating time for him, but he's still a really top bloke. He's had a real setback this week, but still found time to give me a bat for my lad.
Despite all his disappointments, he wanted to make sure that Graham got a bat. I really can't speak highly enough of him.
Pakistan weren't up to it in the first Test and as usual the people in charge have started to panic.
It wasn't long ago that Pakistan's young set of lads beat Australia in a Test match, but one defeat to England sees them calling Mohammad Yousuf out of retirement.
This is a bloke who had made a decision not to play for Pakistan any more and before the first Test match they'd decided they didn't want him.
Now, all of a sudden, they've changed their mind. It's topsy-turvy thinking.
Can he really walk straight off a plane and into a Test match? Where's he been playing cricket? What sort of condition is he in? All of these questions are up in the air and I doubt he'll be up to it.
I genuinely believe that Jimmy Anderson would have bowled anybody out Trent Bridge, not just Pakistan's inexperienced group of players. I think that's a really important point.
There are still three matches left in this series and there's no need for this chaos. Pakistan's bowlers showed they could get England's top batsman out and there is no need to bring back Yousuf. Why not move the experienced Shoaib Malik up from number six to number three instead?
One other point. You can be overturned by quality bowling and you can bat poorly, but your fielding should be constant. Pakistan's was terrible. They need to sort that out.
The fun police were out at Trent Bridge. You couldn't buy a cricket bat from the ground because it was seen as an "offensive weapon" and then security banned me from taking a can of Red Bull to the commentary box.
The world's going mad. You've got to laugh.
Cricket balls have also been banned from the commentary box after my impromptu coaching session with Shane Warne.
It's been so long since I played that I must have thought I was right handed.
My hopeless flipper nearly took someone's head off - and almost broke some very expensive equipment too. Executive producer Mr King took the ball off us and said we're not allowed to play any more.
(See Bumble's blunder below...)
A few cracking pubs in Nottingham for you: The Lincolnshire Poacher and The Peacock, both on the Mansfield Road.
And the modern pentath-naan (Peshawari, Keema, Garlic, Butter and Plain) went down well. I'm looking forward to the second innings down at Edgbaston. Executive producer King texted last night to say he was taking Mrs King out for a curry to prepare.!
Speaking of which, if you want to experience the modern pentath-naan and sit in the Sky Sports commentary box at The Oval, you can bid in a charity auction here: It seems we'll be saving something... the world perhaps?
And finally, I've bought a new house and the sewers are blocked. I don't think I need to say much more about that.
Enjoy the second Test.