I like cricket. It’s by far my favourite sport. While I watch the shorter Twenty/20 and one day games when they’re on, Test match cricket is, for me, the best and most interesting form of the game. In fact, I’ve spent most of the last five or six summers sat in front of the TV watching pretty much every ball of England’s summer Test matches. When I was at university and unable to get Sky for the first few matches before I went home for the summer break, I used to listen to Test Match Special on the BBC website, usually while revising for my exams. But when England were playing away from home during the winter I rarely showed the same dedication. The time difference means that when England play pretty much anywhere else, bar South Africa, the matches will be on in the middle of the night here. Which makes them hard to watch live, especially if you have other commitments, such as school or university, or maybe even a job. But for the first time in my adult life I have none of these. Well to be fair, so far I’ve never had a job, but I haven’t been looking for one either. I’ve chosen to take time off after I finished university to do other things, like this site for instance! I’m also learning to play guitar. At some point I’m going to learn to drive as well, but I haven’t got round to that yet. Anyway, the point is this year is different, and it also happens that this year England are defending The Ashes in Australia. So I decided to stay up and watch it. After all, this time next year I might have a job, this time in four years, the next time England tour Australia, I definitely will. So I probably won’t get the chance to watch a whole away series again, and I definitely won’t get the chance to watch England in Australia again which is, of course, the most important away series. Yes, my sleeping patterns are completely messed up as I’ve been going to bed at about 7 a.m. and waking up in the middle of the afternoon. In fact, it’s slightly disconcerting that the sun is just coming up when I’m going to bed and setting, or set, by the time I get up. But I don’t mind because, as I’ve said, it’s probably a once in a lifetime thing. I suppose if I actually travelled there to watch it would be a sort of pilgrimage, and maybe one day I will, but I’ll need to save up for quite a while. Staying at home and watching it is still an experience though, and as I sit here watching England batting towards what will probably be a draw on the fifth day of the First Test, I’m enjoying it so far.