Outside the sun is shining on Lord’s and the mowers are cutting an outfield that already looks immaculate. Inside, in the England & Wales Cricket Board’s offices, the talk is of contrasting new arrivals, one of whom is interrupting Alastair Cook’s nights, the other whose aim is to enable the England captain to sleep more soundly.
A half-century from Will Smith helped Hampshire enjoy the better of a rain-shortened opening day against Derbyshire at The 3aaa County Ground. England opener Michael Carberry set the early tone hitting a brisk 45, before he was second man out to Tony Palladino (1-48) with the visitors 64-2 at lunch. Smith then carried the mantle for the visitors after lunch, batting throughout the afternoon and evening sessions before falling in the penultimate over of the day for 70 as Hampshire closed on 231-5 at stumps.
Alastair Cook working on captaincy skills with former England coach Andy Flower as Peter Moores’ second spell in charge begins
Alastair Cook ready to move on from a "state of limbo" after appointment of Peter Moores as England coach
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