England overwhelming their opponents has been admirable but not as exciting as the domestic scene, writes Vic Marks in the Observer.

With the international summer of cricket, where a strange pattern was soon established: England turn up and overwhelm their opponents. Which has been admirable but seldom gripping.

But domestically we are constantly surprised. The devotees can cast an eye at the next round of fixtures, which start on Wednesday and in Division One there is not a "dead" game to be found. There will be no late-season blooding of youngsters just for the sake of it. Instead there will be late fitness tests in the hope that some old stalwart can drag his body out one more time in the last-ditch pursuit of glory or survival. There are no end-of-season parties in July in Division One.

Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo