Mind you, given the current state of play, it would seem that the England team is in much the same state of ignorance.
In an attempt to learn more, I started following various cricket-related people on Twitter. So, on Monday morning, I saw the following tweet in my timeline:
Flower: "I'm looking forward to sitting down with Paul Downton (new M/D) and mapping a way forward…"
— Jonathan Agnew (@Aggerscricket) December 30, 2013
This just seemed to be too good an opportunity to miss, even though I haven't watched a single episode, and so have no idea whether it's any good. So I tweeted back:
Are you sure it wasnt actually @Aggerscricket: Flower: "I'm looking forward to sitting down with Downton (new DVD) and watching it" ? ;-)
— Mulier Fortis (@MulierFortis) December 30, 2013
I was amazed to see that I got a retweet from Aggers himself! When I mentioned this in the Sacristy a few days later, the Senior MC did a double-take - I really wish I had been recording. But since neither Jonathan nor Zephyrinus look at Twitter (and to preserve this earth-shattering moment so I can gloat for a bit) I thought I'd put up the proof that Jonathan Agnew actually retweeted me...
The final match in the Series is about to start. England won the toss for the first time, and they've changed the team quite a bit, so maybe it won't be a complete whitewash...
On a side-note, I think perhaps that cricket seems to appeal to so many of the traddy crowd because it is ever so gentlemanly. For example, just now Geoffrey Boycott deplored the use of bad language, explaining that he'd heard (and used) plenty of bad language himself in the changing rooms etc. but that it really wasn't appropriate with women and children present. I like that.