Looking for answers
Bumble has some serious questions for England's batsmen, and some silly ones from Sky viewers.
Last Updated: 25/08/10 2:46pm
This series should have been 4-0 to England. Now there's every possibility it could finish 2-2.
The final Test at Lord's becomes a massive game with The Ashes in mind. They've just had a real reversal against Pakistan and now we'll find out what sort of character there is in the England camp.
There are plenty of questions. Is this a together team? Who will put their hand up and score the hundreds that are required? We'll find out a lot about our Ashes chances over the next few days.
At The Oval we were back to vintage England; losing six wickets for around 40 runs, as they have done in every Test match against Pakistan so far. It's significant that the best player is the number seven; Matt Prior is the only one who's in any sort of touch.
From Ajmal Shahzad to Tim Bresnan to Ryan Sidebottom, we've seen bowlers come and go, but the batters stay in the team. There's a really good batter, Ian Bell, waiting to return when he's fit again and it's an old adage, but it seems you're always a better player when you're not in the team.
The guys that are playing aren't doing themselves any favours. Alastair Cook has taken the heat off himself with a beautiful century at The Oval and has now scored three centuries since Andrew Strauss last did so.
But Kevin Pietersen still can't get any runs, Jonathan Trott has ground to a halt, Paul Collingwood is averaging 23 for the series and Eoin Morgan has fallen away too.
Ian Bell should come back into the team for The Ashes, but I don't think there's a chance that anybody else will be given a go.
Michael Carberry has just scored six hundreds. He must be scratching his head and wondering what he's got to do to get into this team.
Pakistan on the ball
It appears Pakistan have picked the right team at last. They've still got a flimsy batting attack, but in the last Test match they limped to 300.
And they've once again shown that their Test match bowling attack is very good. Even though Wahab Riaz got five wickets at The Oval, I still think Umar Gul will walk straight back into the team when he's fit (possibly even at Lord's).
And of course the off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is causing problems because England's batsmen don't know which way it's going.
We've received an enormous number of e-mails about his action. Ajmal bowls a doosra, so people are asking why Graeme Swann doesn't bowl a doosra. Well it's because Swann's arm is straight.
To make it absolutely clear, you're allowed a 15-degree bend in your elbow - and the umpires can't call Ajmal, it has to be done by the ICC.
I assume he's within the 15-degree tolerance or else he wouldn't be bowling.
On the sauce
I'm declaring this a national sauce week.
I've received confirmation that my favourite hot sauce will be available in the commentary box at Lord's. It's called Ultra Death and it's lethal, as Nasser and Ramiz will tell you after their previous experiences with it.
I'd also recommend Lancashire Sauce, something which is very dear to my heart. Take a look at it here.
So join me by tucking into your favourite sauce while watching the cricket this week.
On the Accy
I'm going to miss Accrington's Carling Cup game against Newcastle United on Wednesday night because of the Test match. Very frustrating.
I reckon Stanley have got a chance. It sounds like Newcastle are bringing young lads, and I'm not sure that's the way to go on our pitch. If they're used to being pampered, they'll be in for a shock.
A cup run would be nice to put some money in the coffers, but if we come unstuck we can concentrate on the league. You've got to be realistic about these things and we could be in Europe in four years.
Finally, we've had some fantastic e-mails from viewers this week.
1. What's the difference between a heavy roller and the light roller?
2. What's the difference between the red ball and the white ball?
3. What's the difference between day and night cricket?
I'm baffled. If anyone's got any answers, please let me know...