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BUMBLE AT THE TEST: MS Dhoni is out of this world, a game changer on and off the pitch

BUMBLE ON THE TEST: MS Dhoni is out of this world, a game changer on and off the field … while the problem with bad lighting is an own goal for Test cricket

  • MS Dhoni has behaved with grace throughout his amazing career
  • The ICC must find a way to overcome the bad lighting hurdle in Test cricket
  • Meanwhile, the upcoming visit to Australia is excellent news for the ECB

The boss has taken the time for his international career. MS Dhoni had an incredible impact on India and an incredible following, unlike any other cricket player. He has been harassed wherever he is for years, but he has always behaved in the right way.

It was bad enough for Sachin Tendulkar, but Dhoni was on a different planet.

He was a game changer with the bat and a bit rude with the gloves. But it always seemed to linger …

Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had a career unlike any other cricketer

Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had a career unlike any other cricketer

IT IS NOT A LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

The problem with poor lighting is such an own goal for Test cricket. The ICC needs leaders and someone from the governing body needs to come out and explain to us what is happening in the Ageas Bowl as cricket followers are appalled by all this.

It’s the seeming lack of effort that is sometimes getting to the game that is really frustrated. Enough is enough. We have to care about the supporters. And we have to worry about the broadcasters paying billions to show the action. Now in total: “Continue the game!”

The ICC must find a way to solve the poor light problem. It's time to get started

The ICC must find a way to solve the poor light problem. It's time to get started

The ICC must find a way to solve the poor light problem. It’s time to get started

NO SIGN OF SOUTHERN COMFORT

My beloved Old Trafford gets a lot of stick when it rains, but it’s nothing compared to what has fallen on Southampton. Why would anyone want to live in the south with so much bad weather? Come North!

It is usually a balmy 17 degrees with a gentle zephyr breeze. The old saying has never been more true: “It’s grim in the south!”

The weather wasn't too bad at my beloved Old Trafford. In the south it is grimmer

The weather wasn't too bad at my beloved Old Trafford. In the south it is grimmer

The weather wasn’t too bad at my beloved Old Trafford. In the south it is grimmer

IT READY ON THE ECB’S CAKE?

We’ve been waiting a long time for cricket via Covid-19, but now, with the news that the Aussies are coming next month, we have a real bonanza – as long as the rain stays away. And we will continue until the Twenty20 final day in October!

I think the Edgbaston field will do a bit after the spreader and de-icer have been on it. What’s next? I hear the ECB plans to host Iceland for a series of three matches in Durham in November with a return visit in December – I hear the fields in Reykjavik can be a bit spicy!

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