It is said that in times of trouble you find out who your friends really are. For those who have had a taste of international cricket, when subsequently injured or out of form and favour, it is the spit and sawdust county game, rather than the glamorous international circuit that stays loyal. Just ask Graham Onions, Tim Ambrose, Peter Moores and Marcus Trescothick: three players and a coach for whom the end of the season could bring a tangible reward for that discovery.
In the dog days of 2010, Onions wondered whether he would ever play cricket again. After a dazzling debut against West Indies, which saw him start his international career with a five-wicket haul, and two famous rear-guard actions in South Africa, Onions’ career came to a juddering halt when back stiffness in Bangladesh was subsequently diagnosed as a double stress fracture and surgery was advised…….