We don't like cricket; we love it. The words might belong to 10cc, but we will claim them.
We've followed the fortunes of the New Zealand cricket team for over 50 years. But today marks the first time that we've ever had the chance to go to all five days of a test match.
So when an opportunity presented itself to do just that, wrapped around some business commitments, we jumped at it. SWMBO was greatly encouraging, and so we'll be in the stands at Eden Park at 10.30am this morning. We won't be there all day every day, but we'll be there. Eden Park is less than 2km from our Auckland office, so our waistline will benefit too as we do a bit of walking in the Auckland sunshine. When there's work to be done we'll work, and at other times, we'll use our five-day pass.
This test match sets up brilliantly. Each team has dominated one test, only to be frustrated by inclement weather. And in each test, the team on the back foot fought hard at some point. Honours are even in the series both in terms of results and performance.
England will feel the loss of Kevin Pietersen and James Anderson looked a bit jaded in Wellington. On the other hand the New Zealand bowlers haven't done a lot since last Friday, given England having enforced the follow-on at Wellington. They will be fresh, and we wouldn't make any changes to the team. As good as Doug Bracewell has been at test level, he should miss out today, unless he replaces a below-par Tim Southee. Neil Wagner and Bruce Martin have played very well in this series so far, and axing either for this match would be harsh.
We won't make any predictions as to the outcome, except to say that we will be enjoying it thoroughly. If you're going to the game and feel like catching up, flick us an e-mail, or leave your e-mail in the comments here, and we'll try to get in touch.
The weather in Auckland this morning is absolutely perfect, and play will start at the appointed hour. We will be there to see the action, and if you live in Auckland, there are far worse ways that YOU could spend a sunny Friday; get down to the Garden of Eden!