The English cricket season begins this coming week — ridiculously early, but no matter, for things being as they are, we may be quite likely to have sunshine in April and September, and sleet and snow in June and July. Be that as it may, there are two immediate questions after the dismal series in Australia and the West Indies. What to do about Joe Root’s captaincy and what to do about the counties?

The sensible — that is to say, conservative — answer to both might be “nothing” — but even conservatives may sometimes feel obliged to give reasons for their opinions, even though, as I’ve remarked here before, my model or even hero, in such matters, is the sometime President of the Scottish Rugby Union who said that the SRU’s response to any proposed innovation was to say “no” immediately, then consider the proposal and say “no” again.