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Graduating from Lord's

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As someone who has just left university, as a graduate thankfully, perhaps I should be getting used to early starts.

However, thanks to the recession it looks like I can still look forward to excessive sleeping and catching up with everyone’s favourite game show at 3.45pm every weekday afternoon - don’t act like you don’t know.

Nonetheless, for the past three to four weeks I have taken time off from taking time off to experience work at the England and Wales Cricket Board. I am hoping my CV will thank me, and in the meantime I shall be thanking those who have taken me under their wing over the last few weeks. Of course I should also mention my sister who pretty much secured me some time at the ECB - hooray for nepotism.

And what a time to be at the ECB, based at Lord’s, the Home of Cricket. I was lucky enough to catch both the first and last day of the Test, as well as work amidst the buzz of the ground. There is a satisfying roar from the ground as an Australian wicket falls, closely followed by everyone in the office charging towards the TV. Needless to say the next three minutes are some of the least productive you will ever see.

Other benefits of working at the ECB during the Lord’s Test included a free paper in the morning courtesy of The Times, walking straight into the ground past lines and lines of queuing supporters (sorry guys), and more fast food than you can shake a stick at.

Yet what has provided the most entertainment in the office during my time here are our Australian colleagues. Yes, as yet another Australian wicket falls during the first innings at Edgbaston, you can always be assured that no matter how bad a day you’re having, there are at least a handful of people around you having a worse one.

I have even been known to chip in with the work here too. I have assisted heads and executives of marketing and new media in what has been branded the ‘Summer of Cricket’. I have helped support the fantastic Cricket in the Park initiative (coming to a park near you), and interviewed Mike Gatting, Andy Pick and Azeem Rafiq.

Andy and Azeem are the manager and captain (respectively) of the England Under 19 team. It was a pleasure to meet them and chat cricket, and I wish them and the team all the best in their build up to the Under 19 Cricket World Cup.

During my time here I have been lucky enough to find out more about the ECB’s involvement in blind and disability cricket. It has been great to see and hear of the efforts of the likes of Ian Martin in this area of the game, and not to mention thoroughly enjoyable to write about a team that looks capable of winning everything. Good luck guys!

I would like to think I have learnt much about cricket itself. While in the past my friends used to talk of someone getting caught at fine silly mid-off by a one armed googly eyed Chinaman – point, now I know they’re just taking the mick. I believe I can now at least nod or shake my head through at least a five minute conversation on cricket without putting a foot wrong.

As I write, Alastair Cook gives up his wicket after just four balls in the first innings at Edgbaston. But we wouldn’t want to make it easy for ourselves now, would we?