This has been one of those rare weeks, in a calendar usually choc-a-bloc with international fixtures, when much of the cricket conversation has been about first-class cricket and its younger cousin, the club game.
The big headlines were dedicated to Michael Vaughan and his acerbic comments on the composition of the India A team to play England in a warm-up game in Mumbai next week. "India to play no spinners against England in the A team warm-up game... if that's what the game has come to???? Pathetic tactics," he tweeted once India's new selection panel had decided not to play a single specialist spinner at the Brabourne Stadium.
Vaughan then went on to invoke the Spirit of Cricket - a phrase that a lot of people bring up while understanding little of its essence. "India's tactics are terrible for the game," he said. "It's taking home advantage to a new level... Other teams might follow."