It wouldn’t be summer in England without cricket – to fans of the sport anyway – and while coronavirus has curtailed much of it, the first Test series of 2020 begins tomorrow against the West Indies.
It is going to be a pretty unusual event. No crowds, no hugging to celebrate, no saliva on the ball to make it swing.
There’s something else different too. Ben Stokes, the villain turned hero of English cricket is captain – while Joe Root is away for the arrival of a new baby.