Mark Ramprakash uses his column in the Daily Telegraph to speak honestly about Surrey’s dire season … and gets his excuses in early.
We lost Mark Butcher early on and I was asked to stand in as captain. Right from the very beginning I said I was happy to carry out the orders on the field but I was conscious that I was a stand-in captain and that it was not my show. Policy and selection was still down to the coach and Mark Butcher.
He also touches on rumours that he might be heading to India this winter.
Times have changed and the winter now provides other opportunities in the form of Twenty20 cricket in India. I was contacted by the Indian Cricket League at one point and asked if I would be interested in joining an England team they were thinking of setting up.
I’ve heard nothing since and I have not received any offers from the Indian Premier League. There is a lot of competition for places because every overseas cricketer now wants to play in the IPL and would relish the challenge of being involved. But at the moment a trip to Disneyland is my only overseas posting this winter.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa