Bumble's Blog: awesome Alex Hales, rugby drinks in Richmond and Stanley saviour James Beattie
'Hales and Morgan had a great rhythm - it's just a shame about the DJ'
Last Updated: 28/03/14 2:23pm
If you're one of them I suggest you get a better telly because I've been away on holiday, cruising the Grenadines, and I've actually got a 'golden hue'.
The other night I went out for a drink in Richmond with Eddie Hemmings (the rugby league presenter), who I've known for years, and Brian Carney and Phil Clarke.
I had no idea these lads had played rugby league so I asked them 'what do you do at Sky? Are you part of production?' They were very good about it and we had a lovely night although it didn't start off quite as I'd planned.
I was leading the charge and we got more than a little lost on the way but eventually we found the Prince's Head and then we decamped and had one in the Victoria, which is a tiny little pub up Richmond Hill where the rich and famous live.
Both Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger know these parts well - not to mention Pete Townsend, of the Who. It's my first time here and I've got to say it's a gorgeous place, particularly along the river.
I had a long walk by the water where there are any number of rowing and canoeing clubs; just by Richmond Bridge there's a workshop built into an archway where a chap was working well into the evening on two absolutely gorgeous wooden canoes. Bespoke, they were.
There's been some fantastic cricket out in Bangladesh and I'm really enjoying the tournament although it would be nice if the DJ and his music went somewhere far away.
I thought Alex Hales was awesome or, to put it in the modern parlance, he was in the zone. Sri Lanka weren't going to get him out. This is a lad who got left out of Nottinghamshire's Championship side last summer.
Before the match I picked out Moeen Ali and Ravi Bopara as my key men on that pitch and as it turned out they bowled all of an over between them. My excuse was Sri Lanka wouldn't have got anywhere near 189-4 if they'd bowled more. I also highlighted James Tredwell, who did bowl his four overs which was just as well as Moeen then went first ball.
I was amazed at the vitriolic criticism on Twitter of England's fielding and bowling at the halfway stage of the match. I suppose criticism comes naturally to some people but I just feel that if you support your team, that's what you should do.
In T20 cricket your batters can turn it around and that's exactly what happened. Once Hales and Eoin Morgan came together it didn't look like England were going to lose at any stage; there was no hesitancy, they had a great rhythm to their batting.
Mahela Jayawardene - along with Sunil Narine - is another player who has stood out for me so far although he was definitely out first ball against England.
As soon as the decision was referred upstairs all of us in the studio said 'it's definitely out but is going to be given not out'. We all knew what was coming because that third umpire's edict is to only give it out if he's absolutely sure that the ball hasn't touched the floor.
With the foreshortening of the cameras - and we've been over this topic that many times - he's going to give it 'not out'.
The batsman would know that it was a clean catch - he's got a great view and has watched the ball go straight into the hands but he knows that he might get away with it if the decision is referred.
I'm 'old school' and I would have liked to have seen a dialogue between the batsman and fielder; I would have liked Michael Lumb to go up to him and say 'I've caught that'.
England's next game is against South Africa on Saturday and I would expect South Africa to win that game even though England are up and running.
South Africa's captain Faf du Plessis was brutally honest in his interview after the nervy Netherlands win, saying 'if we've got any aspirations of winning this tournament we've got to play much better than we are doing'.
South Africa are acknowledging that they've got problems. Du Plessis said the Netherlands won 70 per cent of their game and then lost.
Listening to some of the commentary you'd think Twenty20 is a very complicated game but it isn't. As England showed you can play shocking cricket and still win.
I'm still going to the gym every other day as I'm still sorting my knee out and getting myself in some sort of shape.
You might have seen me Tweet a few pictures of @GetFit_MobilePT - well that's me son, Ben. I've got him as my personal trainer and it's safe to say that he's absolutely hammering me!
I think he's after his early inheritance! It's been terrific for me and I'm really enjoying it in a very odd sort of way. I might explore Richmond Park on Sunday...
In other news, I'm pleased that Sunil Gavaskar has been made 'interim working president' of the BCCI and I hope he can ensure there is complete transparency particularly for followers of the game.
Sunil is an enormous figure in India and a very good man; he's a very calm, honest character but he can be very forthright. The IPL is a fantastic competition and they are doing the right thing in putting Gavaskar in to tidy the whole event up. It's what the Indian public deserve.
Finally, we're at the back end of the Football League division two campaign and I've got one thing to say: On Stanley, On!
I'm glued to our matches. James Beattie, let me tell you, has worked a miracle and the players have been fantastic.
Seven matches to go and I'll say it again: On Stanley, On!