Aggers Lights The Blue Touch Paper

Jonathan Agnew always was deft at lighting the blue touch paper

This summer marked 25 years of Jonathan Agnew commentating on England Test matches, and a peerless quarter of a century it’s been. Aggers and cricket go together like Dimbleby and Royal Weddings, and he would certainly have enjoyed having Fred sitting next to him when England came out to bat again with a lead of about ten thousand.

“Well, Fred, Sound decision don’t you think? After all, the bowlers must need a rest. Especially poor old Stuart Broad, who’s sent down, oh, a good half a dozen overs today. I guess you’d have been just as tired in the circumstances”. No-one lights blue touch papers with a defter touch, and Aggers might well have signed off his stint with: “and after an explosion from Fred Trueman, it will be Alison Mitchell.”

This is my illustration for the excellent Martin Johnson column


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