As TWC struggled through our 2009 equipment review (free with the March issue) on a cold January morning, 233 caps-worth of recent-Test experience were practising in The Oval nets to inspire us.
Alex Tudor bowled with promising fire to Mark Ramprakash – noticeably generous with advice after the session – while captain Mark Butcher and Graham Thorpe patiently loaded bowling machines and dispensed advice to James Benning and other younger members of the Surrey staff. Throw in the watching Geoff Arnold (34 Test caps between 1967 and 1975, 115 wickets at 28), and it is difficult to imagine a staff with better credentials.
Surrey may have sunk last season, but if they can continue to channel coaching resources like this then the future should prove a great deal brighter.
Sledger is TWC’s voice on the inside