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Free from redevelopment and expansion, it is adorned with paintings of servants of years gone by, a significant amount of years gone by in fact. Paintings of more modern heroes are rare, if not non-existent, but that has changed now after a portrait of Chris Read was painted by ones of his heroes. A case of from poster to canvas, Read's likeness has been painted by Jack Russell - another of county cricket's great glovemen and Gloucestershire's wicketkeeper when Read first joined them more than 20 years ago.
Read More Paul Franks challenges Nottinghamshire to bounce back after delivering scathing verdict of performance against Lancashire Read admits it was an honour to have fellow former England wicketkeeper Russell, now a respected artist, commissioned by Nottinghamshire to paint his portrait.
After spending so much of his life as the leader in the home dressing room and the talisman in the middle, Read admits there was some trepidation that he may miss the game when April came around and he was not pulling on a Notts shirt for the first time in two decades.
However, it was to his relief that was not the case. Believe it or not, I don't miss it," he said. I was really happy to go out on a high note. Chris Read in front of his portrait painted by Jack Russell Image: Notts CCC "I would have been naive to think that fast forward six months and I'll definitely be fine.
I always kept in my head that come April I might feel like I wanted to be playing and that I'd really be missing it. He is likely to be around regularly during the peak summer weeks, when they will look to defend their Vitality Blast title. With holidays at school I've been able to get in and do a few days here and there," he said. I've seen bits and bobs and it's nice to have a balance when I'm out of the Notts bubble, but can cast a fresh pair of eyes on things when I do come in.
Read More Five reasons for Nottinghamshire to be positive despite abject defeat to Lancashire "That's not been possible in the first five weeks of the season as school term started at the same time. It's certainly been entertaining cricket they've played. Chris Read is applauded off after playing his last game Image: Getty "I've not seen him play since working with him through the winter and a little bit in pre-season," he said. That's vitally important when you take over the gloves.
It can be a lonely one too. However, he says it is unlikely he will be returning the favour to Russell, certainly not to the same high standard. Like us on Facebook.
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