The fourth round of the 2014 County Championship concluded on Monday, with strong victories for Middlesex, Lancashire, Warwickshire, Somerset and Worcestershire headlining the latest round of matches.
Middlesex's incredible win pushes the county into second place on the Division One points table, just three points behind Sussex who suffered a heavy defeat to Somerset. Meanwhile, Lancashire's triumph elevates them away from the bottom of the Division One placings.
Individually, Chris Rogers (241 not out in the second innings against Yorkshire), Gary Ballance (130 in the second innings against Middlesex), James Anderson (10-wicket match against Northamptonshire) and Saeed Ajmal (eight wickets against Derbyshire) all need to be recognised among the finest performers of the week.
However, on this occasion, our focus lies elsewhere, as we pay particular attention to a collection of players looking to rise into the England Test ranks, the major controversy of the week and a man ready to command the international stage for his country.
Those prominent talking points are presented across the following slides.