Bumble blogs on getting up early and why Jonathan Trott may need to be rested
Bumble blogs on why his body clock is struggling and why England need a fresh look in Mumbai.
Last Updated: 26/11/12 11:40am
I've been up to my local golf club for a couple of rounds and the blokes were all staggered: "What flight did you get back on?"
They didn't seem to believe me that we were doing the commentary from Sky Studios in West London: "The game's in India," they told me.
I couldn't be bothered to explain.
Like I said at the beginning of this series, we're determined to make this as seamless as possible for the viewers, so I hope that's been the case. There's no getting away from it, there's nothing like being at the venue but things have been fine so far (the blokes at the golf club haven't noticed anyway...)
I must admit I've found the timing demanding. I quickly figured out that 3 o'clock in the morning is not my time of day!
It's been very peculiar waking up in the middle of the night and finishing at midday. I've figured out that the best thing to do is to go to sleep as soon as I get back to the hotel after the close of play, then get up for a bit of dinner, and then go back to sleep again.
But there's no doubt that it was odd to have a 5.30am fry-up in the studio, only to get the train back at 10am in time for yet another fry-up because it was still breakfast time at the hotel.
And I must remember to set my alarm for 2.30 in the MORNING this week after a rude awakening last Friday...
I'm looking forward to a better performance from England in the second Test.
I would like to see the team freshened up. Alastair Cook has played well, but he's been trying to drag the team along and I'm concerned that the top three are all playing at the same pace.
Cook, Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott can tend to be a bit static and you need some impetus; somebody to push things on a bit. Kevin Pietersen is potentially the man to do that at number three as the team's most explosive batsman.
Trott has been short of runs - he didn't really fire in the Emirates or in India - and one option would be to give him a rest.
The other option is to open with Trott and leave out Compton because that would retain some experience and allow Pietersen to perform at number three.
By bringing in Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan we could freshen things up down the order and I would expect to see Monty Panesar come into the side to share the spin bowling duties with Graeme Swann. I would use two seamers in short, sharp bursts to provide the firepower.
The team is one down in the series, but the key to winning in Mumbai will be to win the toss, then bat - and bat well.
In the runs
Finally a word on the Australia-South Africa series.
I've been staggered at the way the Australians have piled the runs on. David Warner scored a century and the ever-dependable Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey have been right in form. We've seen nothing yet from Ricky Ponting, so he needs to be careful.
They've exposed South Africa's attack. If you get rid of Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn then there's nothing else. Vernon Philander is not playing and they really seem to miss him. It looks as though it's a two-man attack.
But fair play to Australia for piling the runs on yet again, particularly Clarke who has just scored his fourth double hundred of the year.
It's fairly ominous for England ahead of next summer. We need to find a Clarke or a Pujara to hit those big double hundreds in the England team.
See you bright and early on Friday!
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