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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 June, 2003, 18:11 GMT 19:11 UK
TMS visitors' book
Test Match Special hosts a number of guests in the commentary box.

Here is your one-stop guide to those who have joined the team during the summer of 2003.

Matt Dawson

My hero is Jonty Rhodes - I worship the way he played cricket

The England scrum-half is looking forward to the end of his playing days with the oval ball so he can get back out on the cricket pitch.

Dawson was a keen cricketer in his youth, but his commitments to Northampton and England only allow him a four week window in the summer when he can play cricket.

Before heading down under for the World Cup, Dawson ducked into The Oval commentary box during a break for bad light.

Chris Tarrant

Chris Tarrant
Cricket is my favourite sport as I can still do it in my vintage years

The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire presenter has tried his hand at most sports, but it is cricket that still keeps his attention both on and off the field.

Tarrant is a regular with the Lord's Taverners which has become a major part of his life - no coughing at the back please!

And his visit to the TMS commentary box allowed him the chance to catch up with old friends in The Oval media centre.

Rod Eddington

Rod Eddington
Sport was a fundamental part of my development and education

Rod Eddington may spend much of his business life with his head in the clouds, but his view of his prowess as a cricketer is distinctly down to earth.

The chief executive of British Airways learned some tough lessons in grade cricket in his native Australia before heading for England where he made his first-class debut for Oxford University in the mid-70s.

Although his own first-class career lasted only eight matches, Eddington has strong views about the importance of university cricket in England.

Mervyn King

Mervyn King
Cricket must recognise its audience and tailor the game to that

It is only eight stops on the Underground from the heart of the City of London to Lord's, but Mervyn King's passion for cricket is focused on Worcester's New Road rather than the game's traditional home.

The governor of the Bank of the England's interest in the fortunes of Worcestershire was kindled following the family's move to Wolverhampton and he watched their defeat by Sussex in the 1963 Gillette Cup final.

Unsurprisingly, for someone whose professional life is so closely bound together with Chancellor Gordon Brown, the former spin bowler favoured prudence when he had the ball in his hand.

Major General Robin Brims

Major General Robin Brims
Cricket's a mental game, a game of chess, like the military
A day of Test cricket in the summer is a far cry from the spring Major General Robin Brims endured when he took charge of 25,000 ground troops in Iraq.

But a Lord's Test is a date in the diary that Brims, president of the Army Cricket Association, never fails to make - the day job permitting.

He shared his thoughts on cricket, leadership and reflected on the war.

Ian Balding

Ian Balding
Jim Swanton spread the word that Balding was a chucker

The former horse racing trainer joined the team at the Edgbaston Test to relive his days of sport on the gallops as well as at Lord's and Twickenham.

And watching a Test was a rare treat for Balding after 40 years of getting up at the crack of dawn in his effort to train winners.

He may have had more success in the training game than on the cricket pitch, but he can number a match-winning innings at the "Home of Cricket" among his many sporting achievements.

Peter Beardsley

Peter Beardsley
Allan Knott was fantastic - that's where I got the wicketkeeping from

The former England striker and Newcastle United legend came into the box on the last day of England's comprehensive victory over Zimbabwe at the Riverside.

Like the majority of locals in the crowd, Beardsley was delighted by not having to travel south to watch international cricket as Durham hosted a first Test match.

Although admitting to being a wicketkeeper of "no great shakes", he was more than happy to talk about his passion for the sport and his 20-year career in football.

Sir John Paul Getty II

John Paul Getty II
Cricketers are heroes to me - I come alive in their company

Following the death of Sir Paul, TMS broke with tradition in the first Test of the summer at Lord's, repeating a previous interview of "A View From the Boundary".

It featured Sir Paul and the late Brian Johnston, who, as well as being interviewee and interviewer, were also great friends.

They talked about books, films and their "ridiculous" interest in Neighbours, but most importantly they talked about cricket - one of Getty's true loves.

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