Within about 8 hours of the 1st test starting, Sky complied with my demands and managed to get the rights to screen it. Useless bastards.
It all started at 5am UK time and, as many of you already know, I had consumed several pints of cider on the eve o'Thursday and was thus in no position to be getting up in the wee smalls. So, I woke up at my usual time and thought "whoever won the toss, batted first and is doing quite well." You know, because we're in India.
I turned on the TV to the lunch break and Australia on 101-1. So Ponting had clearly won the toss.
And all was going swimmingly, old bean. Captain Kat went for 6 early on, which was a small shame, but otherwise things were good. Watson was dropped about a thousand times and got away with a couple of run-out opportunities while Ponting was relieved that Sharma can't keep his heel behind the line.
Then Ponting went. Zaheer Khan showed what a fine sportsman he is by wishing him well as he left, or possibly putting a curse on the team because from there we went to shite.
Well, no it wasn't that bad but Watson seemed to struggle once Ponting wasn't there to hold his hand. He still managed 100, although it took him just under a week to do it. I had such high hopes for Clarke, who got a century at this ground on debut, but he was - in the words of JenSurname - a numpty. He went for 14.
The Muss did ok, he kind of supported the enormous bear that is Twatto for a bit. Then he went and we got North. Now I keep defending North, because he's my state captain and the Edgbaston crap and he signed my flag and all that ... but for the love of Hauritz, I have just about had enough!! What the hell was that? Can someone please explain?
So we're 5 wickets down for sweet FA at the end of day 1, basically. That's all you need to know.
I'm off to buy a Callum Ferguson poster.