Future imperfect

The rise of Twenty20 and of India's power are challenging English cricket's ability to function independently

Wet end not mandatory

The rain has ravaged the season, but there are still chances of a good finish to the County Championship

Men behaving badly

The standards of player conduct have slipped in the county game, and umpires and captains are content to turn a blind eye

Who cares for county cricket?

The players, certainly; the fans, to an extent; but the media hardly do; and on the evidence of it, the selectors aren't considering performances on the circuit either

The case of the empty cupboard

England are gravely short of depth, and the debate over qualification criteria is making the issue more vexed

The rich get richer

Why the new proposal for an English Premier League will benefit the big counties and grounds and leave the rest vulnerable

Two-innings time again

England's top six don't seem to be making the switch to the longer version quickly enough

Three's the charm

The drawing power of Twenty20 offers the ECB an opportunity to streamline the number of English domestic competitions

Spread it over the summer

The ECB and the counties may be keen on a midsummer Twenty20 competition, but there's merit in having one that runs across the season instead