He starts a contract with Glamorgan now which will become full time next English season as he waves goodbye to Australia on his British passport.
Two - the appointment of Geoffrey Boycott to be the new Chairman at Yorkshire marks a full circle for the irascible former England player who's playing record was impressive. Boycs scored more first class hundreds (151) than all Englishmen bar Hobbs, Hendren, Hammond and Mead and the same number as that other handy Yorkshireman, Herbert Sutcliffe, but as a player, captain and commentator, he has had a habit of being in the thick of controversy. He captained his beloved Yorkshire for eight years during the seventies, after Brian Close was sacked with Boycott receiving much of the blame. Earlier, he had battled injury during the late 1960's and missed games for England before returning an average of 95 in the boring 1970/71 tour of Australia - a tour which blooded Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh. He placed himself in Test exile for three years during the 1970's, returning in 1977 against Australia at home and making his hundredth first class hundred on his home ground at Leeds as England won by an innings. England won every time Boycott scored a century. His contract with Yorkshire was saved in 1984 by his friend and captain David Bairstow but former players Brian Close and Ray Illingworth eventually had him removed in late 1986. Despite being offered contracts elsewhere, Boycott never played first class cricket again.
Now, fifty years after his debut with Yorkshire and after a troubled life which has included a suspended sentence for assaulting his girlfriend in 1998, a battle with throat cancer in 2002 and ongoing bouts of depression, he returns as the Chairman, stating with conviction that he wants to win the County Championship next season in Yorkshire's 150th year. Yorkshire, relegated for the first time at the end of the 2011 season, sit in second place in Division Two and appear likely to bounce back to Division One in 2013 and have a shot at Boycott's stated aim.
It would be a grand return for a man who coveted the leadership of England but he has probably already marked his greatest achievement in the mentoring and friendship he provided for Jonny Bairstow after the death by suicide of his father when young Jonny was still in single figures. Such deeds are the true mark of a man.
Meanwhile, England will look to rest one or possibly two of their bowlers in preparation for the visiting South Africans. I wonder how Harold Larwood would have responded to the concept of rest for his blood filled boots in 1932/33 or Eddie Paynter, who came from hospital, batted with a fever and retuned to hospital after saving England in the Brisbane Test of the same tour? They were the days when men were men and Jardine was a bastard. The austere one himself, Douglas Jardine, would be playing "three monkeys" in his grave.