With uncertainty comes excitement and there are more uncertainties than usual as England begin their Test summer.
South Africa's AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from international cricket.
Somerset spinner Dom Bess will make his England debut in the first Test against Pakistan on Thursday.
Andrew Strauss is to take a summer-long break from his role as director of England cricket with Andy Flower stepping into the breach as a temporary replacement.
Dom Bess is on the brink of becoming the youngest finger spinner to make his Test debut for England but there appear to be few nerves leading up to this particular slice of history.
Ball one: One-Day Cup acts as a plot spoiler I review theatre elsewhere and, inevitably, the worlds of cricket and stage occasionally overlap.
Jos Buttler has admitted he is a luxury in England’s re-fitted Test team and that his return will divide opinion.
As preparations for their forthcoming two-Test series against England go, taking three wickets in the first 72 overs against what amounted to a county second XI is unlikely to fill Pakistan with confidence.
The rise of Dom Bess has been staggeringly swift.
Mark Wood feels ready to crank up the pace at Lord’s this coming week should the instruction come from Joe Root.