The English climate this week responded exactly as you’d expect to us inviting the world to play a cricket World Cup.

While the likes of Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle have twiddled their thumbs waiting for the rain to stop, the inclement conditions have also affected the running of a couple of courts.

Both Gateshead Magistrates Court and Liverpool Social Security and Child Support Tribunal were forced to close this week after flooding, with cases transferred to nearby centres.

Gateshead was due to reopen today, with Liverpool back up and running – weather permitting - on Monday.

Despite the ongoing cricket schedule, the outlook is much brighter for next week, with tentative talk of a heatwave (well, 24 degrees at least), meaning once the flood water is cleared we can get back to complaining about the courts being too hot again.