God save the King – I think that might have been a recording, we weren’t shown the singer – and a few stifled giggles, which is exactly what forced solemnity does.
The teams stand shoulder to shoulder as the crowd stand to observe a minutes silence. Immaculately kept.
Here come the match officials, down the pavilion steps and through the guard of honour, followed by both teams wearing black armbands.
Lovely pic! Very keen on the red kit.
Lauren Bell makes her IT20 debut as England plump for three seamers in a seaming paradise, with rain skirting the ground. India are spin heavy, with just Renuka and Vastrakar to make the most of the conditions. No Goswami, who rests till the ODIs.
England: Danni Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Alice Capsey, Amy Jones (captain and wk), Bryony Smith, Maia Bouchier, Sophie Ecclestone, Freya Kemp, Sarah Glenn, Freya Davies, Lauren Bell.
India: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Dayalan Hemalatha, Richa Ghosh (wk), Kiran Navgire, Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana, Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav, Renuka Singh
A very very green and lush looking Chester-le-Street, almost florescent under lights, with two of the commentators in fleeces, and Lydia Greenway in a polo-neck.
Ah! We have television pictures from Chester le Street where England are warming up in tracksuits. Here is debutant captain Amy Jones who duly wins her first toss and will bowl.
Do drop me a line if you’re twiddling your thumbs, either @tjaldred or firstname.lastname@example.org. What do you expect of the next six games, with a new-look England (Knight, Brunt and Sciver on the sidelines) and India without the recuperating Jemimah Rodrigues, and the magnificent Jhulan Goswami on her swansong?
As at The Oval for the men’s Test, both teams will wear black armbands in tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II. There will be a guard of honour made up of children, a minute’s silence, and a rendition of God Save the King. Feeling for any debutants today – it must have been pretty overwhelming for Harry Brook.
Not the most surprising news of the day. They will toss at 7pm and, if no further rain, the match will remain 20 overs a side.
Good evening! It’s been a damp old day in Durham, but they’re mopping up urgently, so fingers crossed. It was optimistic to plump for The Riverside at 7pm in September to kick off this series – blankets and thermoses on the gate?
This is the first of six autumn matches against India, the Commonwealth Games silver medallists who also knocked England out of the semi-final. Three T20s (today, the second T20 at Derby on September 13, and the third at Bristol on Sept 15) followed by three ODIs (Sept 18, Hove; Sept 21, Canterbury and Sept 24, Lord’s)
Nat Sciver, who was supposed to be leading England with Heather Knight absent after hip surgery, withdrew on Thursday to prioritise her mental health. She had earlier also stepped away from leading Trent Rockets in the Hundred. Amy Jones will lead England instead, while Harmanpreet Kaur captains India