Yates is getting twitchy. The kind of twitchy that has him testing bowling actions in the empty canteen with an orange. The kind of twitchy that comes from seeing Surrey CCC on his bank statement, showing that the upcoming season’s membership has been paid. The kind of twitchy that comes from seeing @surreycricket’s photos and videos of pre-season training.
It won’t be long and the first games of the new cricket season will be upon us. Yates has still to decide whether to drop by the University game at the Kia Oval but will be going to the first day of the County Championship season, the home game against Sussex.
As the weather can be somewhat variable – from freezing one’s nether regions off in the morning then by end of play having the start of a suntan – Yates is contemplating what will go in his cricket box this season: