Phil Tufnell sitting on a black leather sofa
18 November 2015

Tuffers Talks Tests and TMS

Just back from nearly a month in the UAE and I have to say, whilst it was a pleasant enough experience, it was all rather odd! I think really 10 nights in a top hotel going between beach and pool and any bars in between is about the best way to do the UAE…! 4 weeks means things drag on a little…..

Fair play to the England boys for competing so well in 40+ degrees and in front of fewer people than I used to get watching me at Middlesex! It really was a very low key atmosphere and actually made the commentating on TMS rather difficult as well as we kept having to avoid drifting off ourselves into the oblivion of the turgid atmosphere……well I think we coped OK and I hope we kept the loyal TMS listeners up to date with all that was going on….

To be honest I would have quite fancied a bowl out there and judging by the way it was coming out in the nets the other day, even if I am just shy of 50, I reckon I could have given Samit a run for his money!!

Anyway back to reality…..and on now to SA for the team and a completely different Test. There will be plenty of atmosphere in Durban and Jo’burg as the locals are baying for the English….I can remember copping a decent amount of flak on the boundary edge when fielding in front of a high spirited Boxing Day crowd!

Of course the cricket will be different as well with our batsmen having to face the dangerous attack of Steyn and Morkel and the bowlers having to dismiss some rather solid batsmen in Amla and also flamboyant in De Villiers.

Either one of these and a few others could score big quick 100s that can take the game away from you.
That said we have the likes of Cook (alright it wont be quick but it could be big), Root, Bairstow etc who will also fancy their chances and then perhaps a last blast from Jimmy and Broady as they begin the countdown to their bowling partnership coming to the end…

I am looking forward to a great series between the best in the world (SA) and I think a team who can become the best in the world………bring it on!

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Written By Tom