Don’t leave early from Trent Bridge Test matches

AND so the Ashes Series finally gets underway. One of sport’s greatest and oldest rivalries, England v Australia, always delivers something special – and I’m sure we won’t be short-changed this time either.

Although it would seem England are about to face an Australian side, lacking the big stars of old, and with a new man at the helm in Darren Lehmann, you know the Aussies will get it together somewhere along the line in the next couple of months.

The First Test is already underway at Trent Bridge. A wonderful place to watch a day’s cricket unfold, intimate but modern. I was there two years ago on a blistering hot Saturday afternoon when England were toiling to make any impact against a stubborn Indian side. In fact, shortly after the tea interval, the two blokes next to me said they had seen enough and headed for a quick getaway to avoid the inevitable traffic queues.

As they prepared to leave Stuart Broad, playing on his home track, took a wicket to break the Indian resistance. They nodded their approval to me and slid out of their seats.

They weren’t there however for Broad’s next wicket which he took in his next over, the great Mahendra Dhoni the victim. And they could also only listen on their car radio as he followed it up with two further wickets in successive balls – Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar sent scuttling.

So a Test match hat-trick for Broad, an unforgettable moment to witness first-hand and a couple of blokes who got home early, missed all the queues and probably told their mates in the pub that night about Broad’s magic spell…. all from memory that is!

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