‘God rest ye merry cricket podcast, let nothing you despair. Remember Alastair Cook our saviour was born on Christmas Day. A New Series Of Masterchef makes us not go astray. Oh tidings of comfort and joy. Comfort and joy. Oh tidings of comfort and joy!’ 

Welcome dear cricket fan to 2018. A year of hope and optimism. The year we may see youngsters breaking into the national team. A year of Pakistan and India visiting the blessed isle. The year in which Alastair Cook will be knighted as England’s greatest ever cricketer. A daft prediction? Fast forward 12 months and Her Majesty will be dubbing a sword on Cookie’s shoulder to welcome him into the knightly realm. Particularly if he continues 2018 as he finished 2017; with a gorgeous double century.

We don’t care it was in a losing cause. Toiling valiantly to reach 244 not out and prevent an Aussie whitewash is like victory itself! Celebrating the New Year as everyone should; tapping a single down to long on. A glitzy, booming, expensive firework display on the London Eye? Forget it mate. Those of us who stayed up late to watch Cookie instead were the ones who really partied in style.

Whitto welcomes in 2018 with a bumper episode. There’s Christmas quizzes, drinking games and one final festive song. Finish off that drop of Bailey’s and sing-along to ‘The 12 Days of Crickmas!’ Naturally it’s as painful as it sounds. A full five minutes of warbling brilliance.

Make your New Year’s Resolution a good ‘un; to listen to every episode of our satirical podcast. After all with England having lost The Ashes you need a cheering up.

Here’s to an upturn in fortunes and a blossoming 2018!