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George Dobell at Surrey v Warwickshire.
Hell from The Kia Oval. It’s a beautiful morning and it’s good to have you back with us for another season. The ECB may have lost faith in county cricket; we haven’t.
It says something for the strength of the Surrey squad this season that they have been able to leave out Zafar Ansari, an England Test all-rounder only a few games ago, with Gareth Batty and Jade Dernbach, playing his first Championship game since August 2015, preferred. There’s no place for Stuart Meaker, either. Scott Borthwick and Mark Stoneman both make their Championship debuts for Surrey.
We didn’t have a toss. Warwickshire, spotting a big of green in the surface, have decided to bowl first. Alex Mellor, signed as a reserve keeper from Staffordshire, will open the batting for them in the absence of the injured Ian Westwood. But it’s Surrey’s batsmen who will have to content with Keith Barker et al first.