What an odd and interesting start to the cricket season it has been and how little attention even our so-called or self-styled quality newspapers give to County cricket, in comparison with the acres of space they devote to football.

Perhaps I’m out of date in this as in so many things, but I still think it’s likely that many readers of The Times, Telegraph and Guardian are as likely to be as enthusiastic followers of cricket as of football.

I admit to being old-fashioned. I still think you pick batsmen to score runs and bowlers to take wickets. The announcement of the first Test squad of the summer has had people posting moans about the likely length of the English tail. Well, it’s obviously nice if your bowlers can contribute a bit with the bat, but that’s not, or shouldn’t be, why you select them.