Bumble blogs on the fifth Ashes Test and England's T20 selections
Bumble urges the ICC to see the light as he blogs on England's 3-0 Ashes win and this week's T20s.
Last Updated: 28/08/13 2:21pm
My knee is still on the mend so I've been watching Bob Willis, Paul Allott, Ian Ward and Simon Holmes play golf while I sat in a buggy with my walking stick.
I was all ready to step in and act as marshall but they were fine on the rules, although there were one or two expletives, mind you, which the local dog walkers won't have been pleased about!
The round was a bit of a 'thank you' after Simon, Bob, Walter and I helped Grocery Aid raise a grand total of £350,000 on a charity weekend.
I did the auction and thoroughly enjoyed trying to squeeze every last pound out of the punters!
I watched the final two days of the fifth Test as best as I could while looking after my leg and I thought the final day livened up a series that has been quite low key at times.
There should have been a conclusion, of course, but the debate about bad light against player safety goes back years. As Bob Willis said eons ago, 'if it's dangerous then show me the coffins'.
I agree with Andy Flower that it is an area of the game that the ICC needs to look at strongly and I'm really pleased that there is no blame attached to the umpires, who were just doing their job.
I've played and coached long enough to know that bad light is a tactic and nothing more.
The other thing the episode showed is that turning on floodlights in England is just an exercise in burning electricity. It's as simple as that!
Michael Clarke wanted to get something from the Test and had no option but to set a target; if he hadn't, everyone would have been on his case asking 'what are you doing?'
Clarke held all the aces in as much as he could instruct his bowlers to fire the ball down the leg side if he wanted and there were no fielding restrictions in place, but England still had a good chase and it was good to see some intent and Kevin Pietersen very much to the fore again.
I've read lots of articles by the likes of Mike Brearley and Michael Atherton commenting on England's 'method play'.
I fully understand it when Alastair Cook put out sweepers to restrict the scoring and wear the opposition down, but my own personal view is I that I would like to see England bat with more style.
When I'm not commentating and I watch at home I'm staggered by the number of half-volleys that England pat back. I think they could take advantage of that delivery without any risk whatsoever.
I've seen nothing in this series to suggest that Australia will get anywhere close to England in this winter's return series. The pitches will be better, much better and that will suit England fine.
Looking from afar, I'd urge Australia to get Mitchell Johnson in as soon as possible! He's a wicket-taking bowler who has pace - he's a bit like Brett Lee - and I would trust him to be more accurate than he has been in the past.
I don't know him but he seems quite a fragile character and if that's the case - as they would say in Australia - he should 'man up'.
I remember watching Johnson bowl at Perth on the last tour when he was brilliant; if he can reproduce that level of performance in two or three Tests rather than just one, he'll be a real handful because he is by far the quickest bowler on both teams.
We're back into rock and roll this week with the T20s - two games of 'see it, smack it'. I'm very happy to see Michael Carberry in the squad and I hope he does well.
After that we're into 50-over mode and Gary Ballance could well get a chance to impress in the ODI squad against Ireland, which would be great for him.
With April's World Twenty20 approaching and then the next World Cup less than 18 months away, these next few games give the players a chance to go and play with no inhibitions and press their claims.
It's almost a case of 'have a stiff whisky before you go out and have some fun!' Just don't pee on the pitch afterwards.
Mind you, that's nothing - I know a game where that happened during the match...!