New Zealand seamer Neil Wagner will be back at Essex this summer after agreeing a new contract with the county champions.
Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa has been signed by Essex for the whole of their 2018 T20 Blast campaign.
Australia bowler Peter Siddle has joined county champions Essex for the first five games of the 2018 Championship season.
Tom Westley has been ruled out for 12 weeks due to the finger injury he sustained on England Lions duty in Australia.
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Essex will open their County Championship title defence with a tough trip to Yorkshire, the team they succeeded as champions.
Anthony McGrath has been promoted as Essex's new head coach to replace the outgoing Chris Silverwood at Chelmsford.
Essex's Championship-winning head coach Chris Silverwood will take over as England's fast bowling coach in January.
England batsman Tom Westley has signed a new two-year deal with county champions Essex until the end of the 2019 season.
Kent all-rounder Matt Coles has joined County Championship winners Essex on a two-year contract ahead of the 2018 season.
Highly-rated batsman Dan Lawrence has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Essex until the end of 2019.
Nottinghamshire's Samit Patel has been voted PCA Players’ Player of the Year while Essex's Jamie Porter claimed two awards.
Essex seam bowler Sam Cook has signed a two-year contract to stay with the county champions until the end of 2019.
Essex's Jamie Porter has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back and will miss the England Lions camp in Australia.
Essex pair Dan Lawrence and Jamie Porter won a prestigious Cricket Writers' Club awards.
Essex defy the odds to romp to the County Championship title, beating Lancashire into second, but Durham's troubles persist.
Champions Essex ended the season unbeaten after smashing Yorkshire, as Somerset, Hampshire and Middlesex fight for survival.
Jamie Porter has signed a two-year contract extension at Essex that will keep him at the county until at least 2020.
Somerset have put themselves in a strong position to claim the win they need to stay in County Championship Division One after day two at Taunton.
Tom Westley's Ashes prospects remain intact after X-rays on his right thumb revealed no serious injury.
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