A sumptuous morning greeted those arriving at Old Trafford today. England’s fielding coaches were up early and soon had their throwing nets in place.
This looks like the captain quizzing the groundsman (below) – the best person to judge a wicket. Bounce, carry then turn? Third Man admires the Double Teapot.
The temporary city is fast taking shape and TM went unnoticed today as a caterer carrying a trestle table.
A Green Day concert is due to follow the Test Match. One fears for the integrity of the turf, but the Big Red One will be a hungry mouth to feed.
UPDATE: Humble followers of SpringWatch may be concerned to learn that there were very few sightings of our Swann during the day and no sign of that special flight in the nets.