After any World Cup, in any sport, there exists a hangover period when, after being bombarded with a daily dose of sporting excellence, it all abruptly comes to an end.
Luckily for English cricket fans, this year the wait will be blissfully short. The World Cup final is on Sunday 29 March, and the first round of County Championship fixtures starts the following weekend.
Excitingly, some of the World Cup's shining lights have already been snapped up by county sides, with New Zealanders, perhaps unsurprisingly, seemingly at the top of teams' shopping lists.
Here are ten World Cup stars set to grace a ground near you in the coming season:
Martin Guptill (New Zealand) - Derbyshire
Grant Elliot (New Zealand) - Leicestershire
He has had a muted impact in the World Cup thus far, but Elliot has been a dependable performer with both bat and ball for the Black Caps in recent seasons. The South-African born 35-year-old will be available for Leicestershire for the first 10 games of the season.
Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) - Northamptonshire
Darren Sammy (West Indies) - Nottinghamshire
The hard-hitting, permanently-smiling West Indies all-rounder is one of world cricket's most popular figures, and he impressed during a spell with Glamorgan last season. A T20 specialist, he will give Notts' some much-needed firepower in the Blast with James Taylor and Alex Hales both likely to be on England duty.
Vernon Philander (South Africa) - Nottinghamshire
He limped out of South Africa's clash with India with a hamstring strain, but the bowling all-rounder should return to play a crucial role for the Proteas in the latter stages. He will turn out for Notts in all competitions until the start of June, before making way for the Australian seamer Ben Hilfenhaus.
Cricket World Cup 2015: 10 young players to watch
Cricket World Cup 2015: 10 young players to watch
1/10 Usman Ghani, 18, Afghanistan
At just over 18 years old, Ghani is the youngest player at the tournament, but the attacking opener already has an ODI century to his name. If the Aghans are to spring a shock, much will depend on him getting them off to a good start.
2/10 Pat Cummins, 21, Australia
With his wonderful action and searing pace, Cummins burst onto the scene when he took seven wickets as an 18-year-old Test debutant against South Africa. Terrible injuries have prevented him from adding to his solitary Test cap, but now the stage is set for Cummins to re-establish himself as one of cricket's hottest talents.
3/10 Mominul Haque, 23, Bangladesh
A compact left-handed batsman, Haque will occupy the No.3 spot in the Bangladeshi batting order. He has already made 24 ODI appearances, but thus far has enjoyed more success in the longer format - in 12 Test appearances he has plundered almost 1200 runs at 63.05, with four centuries.
4/10 Jos Buttler, 24, England
One of the genuine box-office talents in the England squad, Buttler's 121 against Sri Lanka last summer was the most eye-catching innings of the season. His keeping needs work, but as a mid- to lower-order batsman he has the talent to change the course of a game in the blink of the eye.
5/10 Akshar Patel, 21, India
One of the few positives of India's disastrous recent Tri-Series with Australia and England was the consistency of Patel, who was miserly and probing with his tight left-arm spin. He enjoyed a superb 2014 IPL season with 16 wickets and an economy rate of just 6.22 for Kings XI Punjab.
6/10 George Dockrell, 22, Ireland
Despite having been a mainstay of the Ireland side since his debut in 2010, and with four county seasons at Somerset under his belt, Dockrell is still only 22. The canny spinner was named the ICC Associate Player of the Year in 2012, and he has been touted to follow Eoin Morgan into England colours.
7/10 Kane Williamson, 24, New Zealand
Williamson is the most consistent performer in a dangerous New Zealand batting line-up, his devastating recent form in all forms of cricket cementing his reputation as one of the most exciting, talented batsmen in world cricket. Having recently had his action cleared, he can now resume bowling his useful off-spin.
8/10 Ahmed Shehzad, 23, Pakistan
Despite his tender age, Shehzad boasts a wealth of experience, with over 50 ODI appearances and six centuries to his name. More of a classical, patient opener than a David Warner-esque pinch-hitter, he will lay the foundation from which Pakistan's big-hitting middle order can tee off.
9/10 Quinton de Kock, 22, South Africa
Since making his debut just after his 20th birthday, De Kock has been an aggressive, punchy performer at the top of the South African order, plundering six hundreds in just 36 matches. A tidy gloveman, who by taking over keeping duties has allowed AB De Villiers to focus on his batting, to devastating effect.
10/10 Tendai Chatara, 23, Zimbabwe
An athletic opening bowler with a curious, idiosyncratic action, Chatara takes the ball away from the right-hander at decent pace and is Zimbabwe's key strike bowler. His maiden Test five-wicket haul set up a famous victory over Pakistan in 2013.
Corey Anderson (New Zealand) - Somerset
Anderson combines blistering striking ability from the lower middle-order (he scored the second-fastest century in ODI history) with an uncanny ability to take wickets. He has displayed both facets of his game so far in the World Cup, and will hope to do the same when he joins Somerset for the second half of their T20 Blast campaign.
Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) - Surrey
Aaron Finch (Australia) - Yorkshire
Finch set the tone for the World Cup and demonstrated his exceptional striking ability when he put England to the sword with 135 off 128 balls in the opening match. He impressed during Yorkshire's Championship-winning season last year, and will be able for the county in all formats again after the IPL finishes.
Kane Williamson (New Zealand) - Yorkshire
Glenn Maxwell (Australia) - Yorkshire
The third of Yorkshire's marquee overseas signings, Maxwell is one of the most eye-catching limited-overs batsmen in the world. Blistering knocks in Australia's clashes with England and Afghanistan, against whom he smote 88 off just 39 balls, gave a taste of what the White Rose faithful will expect when he joins the county for the T20 blast.Reuse content