Two unchanged teams will meet at Bristol tomorrow, which was always likely to be the case at this early stage of the season.
If you pick a team for the first game and then change it, the inference is that you got the selection wrong initially, so few counties will tinker with their sides until the current players have had at least one more opportunity.
Our hosts tomorrow have some good players and others with reputations to build, a little like us. They will give us a good test of both ability and of mental strength after the loss to Lancashire and it will be fascinating to follow the game over the next few days.
The Gloucestershire squad:
Gareth Roderick (wkt)
Geraint Jones (capt)
Tavare and Dent are a good opening pair, while former England and Kent wicket-keeper Geraint Jones is a new recruit and playing as a batsman. Noema-Barnett is in from New Zealand on a British passport, while Aussie Peter Handscomb is on a similar deal. Their batting is, I think, a stronger suit but Derbyshire will need to sustain their focus for four days and twelve sessions, assuming the weather doesn't interfere too much.
I expect the same side to take the field for us, namely:
We are a good enough team to bounce back from the Lancashire defeat and win this one. I still expect us to mount a promotion challenge this year and winning this is a good way to start.
If the weather allows it, my tip is smiley faces all round by Wednesday.