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Do drop me a line if you’re twiddling your thumbs, either @tjaldred or tanya.aldred.freelance@guardian.co.uk. What do you expect of the next six games, with a new-look England (Knight, Brunt and Sciver on the sidelines) and India without the recuperating Jemimah Rodrigues, and the magnificent Jhulan Goswami on her swansong?

As at The Oval for the men’s Test, both teams will wear black armbands in tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II. There will be a guard of honour made up of children, a minute’s silence, and a rendition of God Save the King. Feeling for any debutants today – it must have been pretty overwhelming for Harry Brook.

Start delayed till 7.30pm

Not the most surprising news of the day. They will toss at 7pm and, if no further rain, the match will remain 20 overs a side.

Preamble

Good evening! It’s been a damp old day in Durham, but they’re mopping up urgently, so fingers crossed. It was optimistic to plump for The Riverside at 7pm in September to kick off this series – blankets and thermoses on the gate?

This is the first of six autumn matches against India, the Commonwealth Games silver medallists who also knocked England out of the semi-final. Three T20s (today, the second T20 at Derby on September 13, and the third at Bristol on Sept 15) followed by three ODIs (Sept 18, Hove; Sept 21, Canterbury and Sept 24, Lord’s)

Nat Sciver, who was supposed to be leading England with Heather Knight absent after hip surgery, withdrew on Thursday to prioritise her mental health. She had earlier also stepped away from leading Trent Rockets in the Hundred. Amy Jones will lead England instead, while Harmanpreet Kaur captains India





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