Hi there everyone and welcome to stay over-by-over protection of the Boxing Day Ashes Check. We’re underway on the Melbourne Cricket Floor at 10.30am native time (11.30pm UK).
I hope you’re all well-fed, well-rested, and prepared for one of many landmark days on the sporting calendar. As Cliff Richard sang, it’s a time for giving (your wicket away reverse-sweeping to level throughout a blockathon) a time for getting (dropped), a time for forgiving (Jos Buttler) and a time for forgetting (Joe Root successful the toss in Brisbane). Now let’s rejoice within the good that we see.
That good consists of the choice of Scott Boland, solely the second Indigenous Australian man to be awarded a dishevelled inexperienced, in addition to the prospect of 70,000 or so followers contained in the MCG, offering considered one of sport’s most unimaginable audiences. There’s England’s ultimate likelihood to proper some wrongs within the battle to regain the Ashes. Pat Cummins is again. So is Jonny Bairstow. And Zak Crawley. So put the wrapping paper within the recycling, lay out your choice field on the desk, and settle in for probably the greatest days (or nights) of sport of the 12 months.
I’ll be again with extra shortly, however if you want to affix in, you’ll be able to attain me by electronic mail or Twitter (@JPHowcroft).