Liam Livingstone is a doubt for England's two-Test tour of New Zealand next month after suffering an injury to his left ankle.
The Ageas Bowl and SWALEC Stadium have been included on the list of venues for the ECB's new Twenty20 franchise competition.
Alec Stewart picks the five English batsmen aged under 25 that he believes can take the next step in the game.
Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone is ready to adapt following his maiden call-up to the England Test squad.
Bumble is delighted by the workmanship of his tarmac layers - but not by the Australian verbals in the Ashes series...
Australia all-rounder James Faulkner will return to Lancashire after signing a two-year T20 contract with the county.
Essex will open their County Championship title defence with a tough trip to Yorkshire, the team they succeeded as champions.
Shiv Chanderpaul will return to Lancashire for the 2018 season after signing a new one-year deal at Emirates Old Trafford.
Luke Procter has swapped Lancashire for Northamptonshire after signing a three-year deal at Wantage Road.
Essex defy the odds to romp to the County Championship title, beating Lancashire into second, but Durham's troubles persist.
2016 champions Middlesex have been relegated from the County Championship, with Somerset and Hampshire surviving.
Champions Essex ended the season unbeaten after smashing Yorkshire, as Somerset, Hampshire and Middlesex fight for survival.
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.
Graham Onions has become the latest high-profile player to leave Durham after agreeing to join Lancashire on a two-year deal.
Andrew Flintoff has joined the Lancashire board and Paul Allott has been named Director of Cricket at the club.
England batsman Keaton Jennings has agreed a four-year deal with Lancashire after becoming the latest high-profile player to leave Durham.
Somerset reduced Middlesex to 18-3 after they were bowled out for 236 on day one of their must-win Division One clash.
Opening batsman Haseeb Hameed has suffered a fractured finger a week before England's Ashes squad is due to be announced.
Steve Finn swelled Middlesex's hopes of avoiding relegation by taking 8-79 in a 36-run win over Lancashire at Lord's.
Rory Kleinveldt bagged 9-65 for Northants in the Championship, while Surrey's Kumar Sangakkara scored yet another century.
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