It’s been a long wait, but we’re nearly there. After exactly a month of making do with news of Kenya v Zimbabwe and Kabir Ali leaving Worcestershire, England are back in action.
The second half of England's winter programme starts in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday with a game against the England Lions, before the squad moves on for two Twenty20s against Pakistan in Dubai and then Bangladesh. You can see the Bangladesh fixtures here.
I’m raring to go - it will be fascinating to see how the Bedford Choirboy™ Alastair Cook copes as captain.
A month without cricket is too long. Too long for everyone except Andrew Strauss.