Bumble in the desert: time for tee

Bumble in the desert: There's been plenty of time for tee out in the UAE

We’ve been really spoilt here. We’ve played golf at the Montgomerie, Faldo, Els and Yas Links courses and they are all sensational.

The powers-that-be want me to design a course now – no fairway will be longer than a hundred yards, there will be no sand and every hole will be as big as a dustbin. That would give me half a chance…

Time for tee: Bumble and his colleagues have played plenty of golf out in the desert

Time for tee: Bumble and his colleagues have played plenty of golf out in the desert

IN THE ROUGH

I thought that myself and Hussain were a golfing team but so far we’ve played two and lost two, which means we’re in the drop zone and staring relegation in the face. For some reason Nasser hasn’t spoken to me for two days and is once again confined to his hotel room.

FLAT CHANCE

What are England’s second Test options They can leave it as it is, which they do regularly, or bring spinner Monty Panesar in for a quick bowler, especially with DRS in mind, because this pitch will be very flat.

If they go that way then they could give themselves another bowling option in picking Ravi Bopara instead of Eoin Morgan.

Spin option: England could pick Monty Panesar in their XI

Spin option: England could pick Monty Panesar in their XI

DRIVING TEST

Done
the hour’s drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi for the first time and now I
can see where the creator of Wacky Races got his inspiration. Dastardly
and Muttley and Penelope Pitstop have got nothing on the drivers here.
They overtake on the inside, outside and over the top.

TALK TACTICS

My own preference would be to bring Panesar in for Chris Tremlett and I think cricket needs to think tactically more often, like they do in football.

There’s nothing wrong with picking a particular team for a certain occasion, as they especially do in the Champions League, and then going back to one spinner in Dubai