I missed this story from a couple of days ago – Stokes’s knee issue. He’s been struggling since the West Indies series, and can’t make any decision about the summer till he has results of a scan. All of which may influence any decision about Joe Root’s future – to be decided by a director of cricket, yet to be appointed.
Day two scores on the doors
Chelmsford: Essex 272-4 (Browne 107, Cook 100) v Kent
Rose Bowl: Hampshire 109-0 v Somerset 180 all out
County Ground: Northants v Gloucestershire 164-8
Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Surrey 168-3
Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 164-4 v Durham
Grace Road: Leicester v Worcestershire 118-4
Lord’s: Middlesex 307-4 (Eskinazi 118) v Derbyshire
Hove: Sussex 302-6 v Nottinghamshire
Hello! And welcome to day 2 – already it seems normal that county cricket is being played. If people still did offices, it might be water-cooler chit-chat. “Did you see that old rogue Alastair Cook got a century, and what about Somerset? Why did they choose to bat? I hear Ollie Pope is looking good – and away from home too.”
The sun is beaming down on Birmingham. Let’s have a good day.