Episode 2

Lv County Championship

Durham pre-season photocall

It's an LV= County Championship season Podcast preview special - with Durham skipper Will Smith aiming for three titles in a row.

Coach Geoff Cook is equally determined, while new Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick is out to stop the hat-trick and take the title to Taunton.

Jon Lewis reflects on his outing with MCC in Abu Dhabi - where he saw the balance in the Durham side at first hand - pink ball and all.

Gloucestershire and England legend Jack Russell gives an expert view on what's needed to take a treasured county championship title, and how tactics might change with less points on offer for a draw this season.

Nick Compton has arrived at Somerset - and tells the Podcast what prompted his close season move from Middlesex, and of early cricketing memories of grandfather Denis. There's some archive audio from Denis - while the Podcast also plays tribute to Sir Alec Bedser.

Sussex will look to bounce back from LV= Division Two, with an important season ahead for new signing Monty Panesar, excited to be playing on the south coast.

His old county Northamptonshire just missed out on promotion in 2009, and coach David Capel is out to make that final step in 2010; as is Mal Loye, back in his hometown this summer after leaving Lancashire.


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