What a start to the season for Warwickshire at Taunton today. To end the day on 416/6 after being asked to bat first is a start I’d imagine Ashley Giles could only have dreamed off.
When I heard on the radio that Warwickshire had got off to a decent start, I thought it was down to the famous old Taunton batting paradise, although it did cross my mind that it is a bit early in the season for such a pitch to already exsist.
But there must have been something dodgy looking with the pitch or the conditions for Trescothick to ask the Bears to bat first. I suppose how the rest of the match pans out will answer that particular query.
I’m not getting carried away with one days cricket though, but compared to how Warwickshire batted throughout last season, todays batting display is the equivalent of Geoff Boycott scoring a century off 40 balls.
Varun Chopra is already on the verge of a double hundred, hopefully this is the start of things to come from the former Essex player who it would be fair to say didn’t even manage to achieve the dizzy heights of an average season last year.
He is nearly 24 now, so it’s now the time when he needs to make the transition from a kid with potential, to the real thing.
It was also a reasonable start for Will Porterfield, 45 on debut for your new county isn’t a failure. I’m sure he’ll find his feet and better will come eventually.
I do worry about the bowling now though, after Chris Woakes it looks a bit thin.
We have Ant Botha who is a steady player – but nothing special, Rikki Clarke is unpredictable, Boyd Rankin reasembles a man who needs a good kick up the arse and Andrew Miller is a bit of an unknown quantity at the moment.
Early thoughts suggest this game could end in a draw.