And editor Lawrence Booth gets stuck into the ECB with knife, spoon and pitchfork:
Wisden 2022 is out today. So many juicy nuggets but the pillars for starters: the Five Cricketers of the Year are Jasprit Bumrah, Devon Conway, Ollie Robinson, Rohit Sharma and Dane van Niekerk. Joe Root is the leading men’s cricketer in the world for 2021, Lizelle Lee the leading women’s cricketer, Mohammad Rizwan the world’s leading T20 cricketer.
Old Trafford: Lancashire v Gloucestershire
Canterbury: Kent v Hampshire
The County Ground: Northamptonshire v Yorkshire
The Oval: Surrey v Somerset
Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Essex
The Riverside: Durham v Notts
Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan v Middlesex
Grace Road: Leicestershire v Derbyshire
New Road: Worcestershire v Sussex
Good morning! It’s round three of the Championship, the blossom is billowing and the swallows arriving.
All counties are playing in this round. I’m heading to Old Trafford shortly, where Gloucestershire are visiting; Simon Burnton is keeping an eye on things at The Oval between Surrey and an almost revitalised Somerset and Ali Martin is scooting along to Edgbaston for the big hitter: Warwicks v Essex. Lots to look out for at Old Trafford where Ali reported that Saqib Mahmood may be playing his last season for Lancs. That old timer Jimmy Anderson also turns out today, but still no Stuart Broad (Notts), Ollie Robinson (Sussex) or Chris Woakes (Warwicks)
At Canterbury, Ben Compton prepares to try out his new-found batting superpowers against Hampshire. In Division Two, young blades Sussex travel to New Road, fresh from batting out a draw; Durham take on Notts in the north east; there’s a midlands derby at The County Ground and Middlesex face Marnus Labushchagne’s dibbly-dobblies at Sophia Gardens.