@nickhar97251747: It shows a pattern, I think. I accept a balance is required and that the players brought in are of a good standard. But there are too many of them.
- Live Update
George Dobell at Leicestershire (238) v Essex (58-3).
Very good first 50-minutes or so here in Leicester with excellent quality cricket. With Leicestershire using decent pace at one end – Klein followed by Richard Jones – and good control at the other – Raine and Shreck – batting has been hard work. But Westley has been strong off his pads and Bopara has waited for the poor ball and then put it away with rare panache.
@nickhar97251747: Every time the existence of Leicestershire is questioned, I fight their corner. The current policy doesn't give me many tools with which to fight. I've written the same thing about Middlesex. Nobody 'hired' SA payers to play for England. Silly to pretend they did.
@nickhar97251747: Born in Sydney, no? Moved to Liverpool as a teenager? Nothing wrong with that. Fine player; decent signing. Definitely a place for him and more like him. But there has to be a place for local talent, too, or we're not going to be able to justify 18 counties.