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Busy 2018 County schedule sees England Players returning to play County Fixtures

Alastair Cook (Essex) due to play against Joe Root's Yorkshire in early May
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A busy summer schedule for the County and England cricketers in 2018, sees six England players back in the UK and ready for  the start of the Specsavers County Championship season over the following few weeks.

James Vince’s Hampshire and Liam Livingstone’s Lancashire are expected to be picked for their counties for the Division One fixtures which begin next week – as Hampshire play newly-promoted Worcestershire at the Ageas Bowl, and Lancashire will be at home to Nottinghamshire.

Surrey’s Mark Stoneman and Ben Foakes will be available to play against Hampshire and Somerset players Craig Overton and Jack Leach will turn out at home to Worcestershire.

Middlesex newly appointed captain Dawid Malan will be available from their third match of the against Glamorgan, as well as Stuart Broad for Nottinghamshire against Worcestershire and Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root against the champions Essex at the and Surrey. Alastair Cook is due out for Essex from their game at Hampshire and potentially against Yorkshire. The England management have yet to make a decision on the early-season availability of Jimmy Anderson for Lancashire.

ECB Release - “Full England player availability for the early stages of the Specsavers County Championship:

Alastair Cook (Essex) – available for Specsavers County Championship matches against Hampshire (April 27-30), Yorkshire (May 4-7) and Worcestershire (May 11-14).

James Vince (Hants) – available for all games from April 13 (but not v Oxford MCCU April 7-9).

Liam Livingstone (Lancs) – available for all games from April 13 (but not v Loughborough MCCU April 7-9). Jimmy Anderson (Lancs) – tbc.

Dawid Malan (Middlesex) – available for Specsavers County Championship matches against Glamorgan (27-30 April), Sussex (4-7 May), and Gloucestershire (11-14 May). Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) – available for all matches.

Stuart Broad (Notts) – available for Specsavers County Championship matches against Worcestershire (27-30 April), Hampshire (4-7 May) and Lancashire (11-14 May).

Mark Stoneman and Ben Foakes (Surrey) – available for all games from April 20 (but not v Cambridge MCCU April 13-15).

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow (Yorks) – available for Specsavers County Championship matches against Essex (4-7 May) and Surrey (11-14 May). Liam Plunkett, Gary Ballance, and David Willey (Yorks) – available for all matches.

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire) and Mark Wood (Durham) are all unavailable for the start of the season having signed to play in the Indian Premier League. Players selected for the first Test of the summer against Pakistan which starts at Lord’s on May 24 have been told by the ECB that they are expected to return by May 17, with availability for Royal London One-Day Cup fixtures to be confirmed nearer the time.”

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