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History made at Lord’s

Yes, during the test match between Pakistan and Australia today, history was made when TMS missed commentating on the first 2 balls after lunch as they over ran a recorded interview with Imran Khan.

As the interview played out, a frantic cry of Christ was heard as commotion broke out in the commentary box. Normal service was then resumed with CMJ commenting that it was the cardinal sin for Test Match Special.

For a neutral test match the commentary was far more interesting than I expected it to be. Blowers was his usual self, going into hysterics at his first ever sighting of a bus at Edgbaston, due to the rebuilding work.

Don’t know if it’s just me, but Blofeld seems as daft as ever this year. His confusion of what team is playing, let alone who the fielder is, has become a source of great humour for his fellow commentators.

The sound of laughter from the back of the commentary box now seems a regular feature when Blowers is on. At one stage on Monday in the ODI, he was even mixing asian and white players up.

On the pitch Pakistan exploited the conditions well after winning the toss. With Asif, Aamer and Gul, they shouldn’t have any problems taking wickets.

The real test will come when they bat, not sure if giving debuts to Umar Amin and Azhar Ali to bat at 3 and 4 is that wise an idea, especially with the experienced Shoaib Malik in the squad.

A special mention for Australian captain Ricky Ponting. Lord’s may not be his happiest hunting ground for personal landmarks, but his 26 runs today seen him overtake Brian Lara to become the second highest test run scorer in history.

It won’t get him on the honours board, but it is an achievement that can’t be taken away from him.

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