I get a lot of surprised looks when people find out about my love of listening to Test Match Special (TMS) on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. Either people are surprised because I’m female, and everyone knows women don’t like sport, or because I’m under 50, and young people don’t like test match cricket these days, or because cricket is boring and nothing happens.
Now I realise that in the age of instant gratification, where any information we want is available on our smartphones at the touch of a button (or tap of the screen, if we’re being pedantic), test match cricket, where matches run over five days, is not everybody’s cup of tea.
But listening to Test Match Special is not just about the cricket. When I was in my teens and first starting to write, my dad recommended listening to Test Match Special. It wasn’t for several years, when I reached my twenties and had cultivated a reasonable interest in cricket, that I eventually tuned in.