This may be a chilled spring hors d'oeuvres before the temperature rises (hopefully) with the Champions Trophy and the Ashes later in the summer, but England have a score to settle with the Black Caps after scrambling to a 0-0 draw in New Zealand earlier in the year.
Alastair Cook struggles to stifle a yawn before, giving into the inevitable, he covers his mouth and shakes his head.
Will controversial yet sensational cricket Kevin Pietersen walk away from England test cricket once the upcoming two series against Australia are over? Amit Acharya believes so.
Will the England cricket team call on Ravi Bopara again?
Kevin Pietersen may not be inclined to join the celebrations for the 150th edition of Wisden that is published on Thursday.
The county championship gets under way on Wednesday, preposterously early as usual.