Well, after an absurd one-month County Championship hiatus the Tykes are back in the business of trying to save the season. Technically, Yorkshire could finish as high as third (2nd looks a stretch) or as low as 7th - but this match, and the three that follow, are all about warding off the humiliation and disaster of demotion. Obviously beating Middlesex would go a long way to ensuring our safety.
So, what will our team look like? Will Sids and Ballance be available? Do we need to re-jig our fragile batting lineup? So many questions, but only one answer: we need a win!
I tend to agree with that, BB, though perhaps at 5 rather than at 3.
Is the Moxon who is getting so much stick the same one who led us to two Championship wins? And Gale the same man who captained that team? Why all the hate, Frank?
What exactly is a coach supposed to do? In the end, the players are on the pitch, you are not. Cricket isn't like football or rugby where a coach can decide on pattern of play, defensive system, etc. All he can do is lay down a framework in which the individual feels relaxed to play at his best, and to help players with tweaks to technique, at this level. Is there any evidence that this is not being done?
Anyone who has played cricket will know that sometimes you feel balanced at the crease, that you strike the ball sweetly and hit the gaps, and when you make a mistake you get away with it. It's called being in form. A week on, and you could be batting with a lollipop stick against 15 fieldsman and a demon umpire.
This season, we have seen a slump in the batting of Lyth and Lees; but it was Ballance who had the lollipop stick last year, averaging around 100 this time, until first England and then injury took him from us.
As for future planning, we have successfully advanced Coad from the 2nd XI and introduced the likes of Carver, Waite and Brook. We have acquired Kohler-Cadmore from Worcestershire, and have employed high-profile Australians in the shorter term. I for one am sad that Rhodes will not be part of our rebuilding.
Yes, we could have gone down the Kolpak route; we still could. I hope we don't. We are Yorkshire.
Meanwhile, Essex are winning the County Championship with only three bowlers! Wagner/Amir, Porter and Harmer. Imagine the outcry here if Bopara was our third seamer! And Walter would struggle to get onto our 2s.