England tour to Zimbabwe starts

Well, after all the talk and debate, England are off to Zimbabwe.

Not a happy chap - Michael Vaughan

However unhappy people are about the tour, England are there to play cricket and win 5 matches. They really must ensure they develop as one-day players and try to take as many positives out of the tour as possible. They have several debutants – Matt Prior, Simon Jones, Kevin Pietersen – all of whom need to perform well. Simon Jones in particular has a pretty golden opportunity – amazingly, he’s played just ten limited-over matches in his entire career!

Meanwhile, Simon Hughes has been waxing lyrical about Andrew Strauss in the Telegraph. I too think Strauss has the nous to be Thorpe’s successor, so obviously Mr Hughes stole my thought…