Summer Sunday mornings were once an exciting time as you put Ceefax on at around 11am waiting for the latest England Test XI to be announced.
In the days before Performance Squads, continuity and logic, virtually anyone who had made a 50 or taken a five-for in the previous two weeks in a Championship game was a maybe for the England team.
This peaked in the great Ceefax summer of 1989 when in a six-match series against Australia, England picked 29 players!
The likes of John Stephenson and Alan Igglesden made their one and only Test match appearances whilst Chris Tavare, Tim Robinson and Martyn Moxon saw their careers come to a thudding halt.
There is no such frivolity now and you can name the XI for the opening Test on May 16 right now, well you can after Michael Vaughan's interview with Mike Atherton in The Times.
"For a long time I was a fan of five bowlers, but since we've had to do without Fred, I've realised that whilst five might be ideal, it is certainly possible to do with four in Test cricket. That's the way I'm looking right now. Most other Test teams have a number six who averages 45 in Test cricket, so I'm looking at Flintoff at seven and four bowlers," he said.
Looks like Matthew Hoggard or Jimmy Anderson will be carrying the drinks then.
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Flintoff and Souravy Ganguly have never been the best of pals and Fred wrote in his autobiography, Being Freddie: "He wasn't interested in the other players and it became a situation where it was 10 players and Ganguly in the team. He turned up as if he was royalty - it was like having Prince Charles on your side.
"There were rumours he was asking people to carry his coffin for him, although he never asked me."
Ganguly, who like HRH grew up in a 22-bedroom mansion with 35 relatives and 24 cars, has now got under Shane Warne's snout.
Ganguly, who famously made Steve Waugh wait at the toss presumably waiting for his butler to bring him his tea, asked for a TV replay in yesterday's IPL game after refusing to walk for a catch claimed at deep mid-wicket by Graeme Smith.
"I was disappointed because in Bangalore we signed that wall about the spirit of cricket. That's not in the spirit of the game so I was very, very disappointed with Sourav," Warne said to the press afterwards although we'd be shocked if disappointed was the word he used out on the pitch.
On the bright side at least Ganguly pays tax.
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THE BEST FEEDBACK POST IN CC HISTORY GOES TO: sauramltd who said yesterday: "We Indians fondly remember one Mr Sunil Manohar Gavaskar - it is rumoured that Indian police made suspects watch his entire innings as a method of third degree torture to extract confessions, and who we most fondly remember for scoring 36 not out from 60 overs in a completed World Cup innings."
FOREIGN VIEW: The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Nasim Ashraf has today filed a 220 million rupees - that's a cool £1.7 million - lawsuit against Shoaib Akhtar for damaging and defamatory statements. The lawsuit will begin on Saturday - Shoaib could be selling the Big Issue this time next week.
TALKING POINT: Today - Who was the most bizarre selection in international cricket history and does anyone have an ego bigger than Ganguly?