The Press Tent Daily: Vaughan Ultimatum

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Turn out the lights

It was a momentous occasion. The first men’s day-night Ashes Test, at the stunning Adelaide Oval. A landmark day in the storied history of Test cricket.

And that’s what UK cricket media big-hitters Nick Hoult of the Daily Telegraph, Lawrence Booth of the Daily Mail and Wisden and, er, Dave Kidd of The Sun were to be found not in South Australia but across the Tasman Sea where Ben Stokes was having a net session ahead of his Ford Trophy debut for Canterbury.

The most extraordinary thing about this is that it actually sort of makes sense. The Stokes Situation has now become such a big story that it’s becoming hard for newspapers that are two- or even three-handed for the Ashes not to send one member of the team across the water.

But we still can’t help but find the fact the actual editor of Wisden has missed an Ashes Test of such import to cover 50-over domestic cricket in New Zealand a bit of a head-scratcher. What a game.

TV Times

Gloriously petty stuff from the ECB, meanwhile, in their guide to how you can follow this historic Test match.

They promise to provide “everything you need to know” about the game. There are details of the session start times, which are definitely very handy for this unusual game.

The ECB also tell us how you can follow the game live with their match centre. Fair enough.

There are also details of the live BBC radio coverage on TMS, which again feels like the sort of information that should definitely be in this guide.

Then there are details of how Sky Sports News will have regular updates and a podcast, which starts to feel a bit more tenuous.

And what isn’t mentioned at all? The actual live TV coverage on BT Sport.

A shiny penny to anyone who can tell us which two of those broadcasters are ECB broadcast partners, and which one isn’t.

Vaughan Ultimatum

Sticking with BT Sport, and the undoubted highlight of day one in Adelaide was Michael Vaughan hitting back at a string of England supporters who expressed concern that he wasn’t being enough of a cheerleader for the England team.

Swann song

It is with a heavy heart that we must report Graeme Swann has added singing to a commentary banter arsenal that also bulges with rehashed anecdotes and low-quality impressions.

During one commentary stint we were shown inside the glorious, iconic Adelaide Oval scoreboard. It truly is a wonderful thing.

“If they ever get rid of that,” mused Swann. “I’m never coming back here again.”

Big decision for the Adelaide Oval top brass to make there. Our gut feeling is that the grand old scoreboard has had a good run…