The Spin | Enjoy the cricket season ahead … it will be the last of its kind | Tanya Aldred

The introduction of the Hundred in 2020 means a year of change for the county game, so the 2019 season – which also includes a home World Cup and Ashes – is to be cherished

As the morning’s rain turned hail, turned snow and, with 30 days left until the start of the County Championship, it seemed an apt time to pull out the calendar and mull things over.

This summer has long been highlighted on the England and Wales Cricket Board’s five-year wall chart in best fluorescent markers as THE BIG ONE. Tom Harrison, the ECB’s chief executive, has gone as far to say he is “giddy with excitement” about the “unbelievable opportunity for English cricket”, saying, “It’s up to us to make sure we take advantage of that.”

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