Derbyshire look to be in rude shape ahead of their pre-season opener against Warwickshire tomorrow, a three-day game.
It is billed as a second team friendly, but this must be the strongest second team we have ever fielded, at least since Peter Kirsten, Garth Le Roux and Allan Lamb all appeared in the same side back in the mid-1970's.
South Africans Duanne Olivier and Hardus Viljoen have yet to arrive, but with Harvey Hosein nursing a minor injury and Gary Wilson away with Ireland, we name the following thirteen:
The presence of former Kent bowler Charlie Hartley is interesting. He looked like he was set for a decent career there, then picked up an injury or two, but he has the chance here - and presumably in the second team this summer - to earn himself another opportunity in the first-class game. One assumes that he is seen as further on in his development than those of a similar age we released. In the sort of game where presumably each team bats and bowls the players they want, the fast-medium bowler has a chance to impress.
There is a nice mixture of youth and experience in the Derbyshire squad and it will be an early indicator to see where we are as the season approaches fast..