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County cricket: Surrey start defence against Essex and more – live!

Good Morning from a sunny south London. An americano at an Italian coffee shop a few hundred yards from The Oval, a complimentary easter egg hidden on the saucer, Madonna on the radio and a full round of Championship matches to look forward to – what’s the cricketese for la dolce vita?

Wisden 2019 was launched yesterday and, in case it passed you by, the Five Cricketers of the Year are Sam Curran, Rory Burns, Tammy Beaumont, Jos Buttler and Virat Kohli – who was also named the Leading Cricketer of the Year for the third year in the a row. I started thumbing through the editor’s notes – touching on The Hundred, Alastair Cook, Sandpapergate, sexist jokes, climate change, and more - but got far too distracted so have returned it temporarily to the handbag. I’m biased, as Lawrence Booth is good friend, but the 2019 edition looks a belter. Read extracts for free here .

Here are the games starting today:

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