Bumble blogs on Ricky Ponting's retirement and says he'd be wonderful asset to county cricket
Bumble wants to see Ricky Ponting in county cricket and debates Andrew Flintoff's move into the ring.
Last Updated: 29/11/12 11:23am
There are plenty of memories, but I'll never forget Edgbaston 2005 and Andrew Flintoff (more on him later). It was one of the great Test overs and showed that even the greats are only human as well!
But in a week when everybody's been going on about Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen scoring 22 Test centuries, just look at this bloke's record. He's got 41 of them! He was seriously good.
I just wonder if he might now spend a little bit of time playing county cricket. I think that would be marvellous. A lot of old-stagers camp up in our domestic cricket and Ricky would be a wonderful asset.
Young players could learn so much from his preparation and his attention to detail and he would still be striving to win every time he walked out onto the field.
He has been a great love/hate competitor for the English over the years - but there's no doubt the English absolutely loved him. He won't play in another Ashes series, but that will free up a spot for a younger player.
We've often said that you know when the time has come to call it a day and he knows that it's the right thing to do.
I wish him well.
We also saw the end of another Ricky this week. Mr Hatton has been the talk of Manchester after he lost his comeback fight.
I think we can say he has nothing to prove because he's been an absolute warrior, just like Ponting. I hope he settles down and looks after things.
While we're on the subject of boxing, I was at the hotel the other day where Andrew Flintoff has been staying before his fight on Saturday. I didn't see him, but I was playing golf and was told that he and Barry McGuigan were in.
Everybody seems to have an opinion on whether this is right for boxing, but I watched the documentary 'From Lord's To the Ring' (I was in it at one stage and I must admit I can't remember doing that...) and it really showcased, especially with McGuigan and Sugar Ray Leonard, the skills of boxing.
I was fascinated by the technique and the skill that boxers need, but as McGuigan said, this is the hurt game. You don't go into this for a bit of a laugh; you could get hurt. But Freddie knows that and that's why he's doing it.
I can't watch the fight because I've got the grandchildren over for the weekend, but I think it's fantastic that he's moving into another sport.
My advice for him? Jab and move! You've just got to jab and move before you draw one off!
I started this blog by talking about Punter and if you're a punter yourself you need to get on the draw for the Test match in Kolkata. The wicket will be so flat they'll be serving it in envelopes.
I thoroughly enjoyed the second Test, where England's performance was exemplary, especially after they lost the toss.
You win some and you lose some in this game and sometimes the opposition are simply better than you are, but the one thing you look at every single time, from the perspective of a coach, is the performance - and Andy Flower can have no complaints on that.
It was clear that it was desperately difficult to start your innings in Mumbai, but once you got in you could play. Pietersen and Cook showed us that and it was terrific to watch them bat.
I was also impressed by the spin bowling, as was my mate 34-Regular who told me it was great to see that lad Bopara take all them wickets...
Thankfully he's not picking the team and Monty Panesar will retain his place for the rest of the series - and it's promising to be a cracker. It's set up very nicely at 1-1.
Anyway, that's it for this week. I need to take our much-loved microwave to the tip. It's a cheap-and-cheerful thing that's been with us to every house and it's finally packed in.
I guess it's just one of those weeks for saying goodbye...