Northants fast bowler Richard Gleeson has been called into the England Lions squad for their tour of the West Indies.
Ben Duckett is to have an operation on his injured left hand which could see him miss the start of the domestic season.
Essex will open their County Championship title defence with a tough trip to Yorkshire, the team they succeeded as champions.
In a Hit for Six on fast bowling, Steve Harmison talks producing genuine quick bowlers and potential England seamers.
Away from the England men's team, we take a look back at some of the other cricketing highlights of 2017...
Luke Procter has swapped Lancashire for Northamptonshire after signing a three-year deal at Wantage Road.
Rob Keogh has signed a new contract with Northamptonshire which will see him stay until the end of the 2019 season.
Middlesex - we think - and Warwickshire suffer Championship relegation, while there is triple joy for Nottinghamshire…
Nottinghamshire's hopes of promotion from County Championship Division Two are in the balance as Sussex dominate day two at Hove.
Nottinghamshire booked an immediate return to County Championship Division One after securing a draw at Sussex.
Joe Clarke helped Worcestershire overcome a stuttering start as they look to secure promotion to County Championship Division One.
Rory Kleinveldt finished with career-best match figures of 13-98 as Northants beat Nottinghamshire by 124 runs.
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.
Warwickshire were relegated to County Championship Division Two as Somerset beat Lancashire to boost their own survival bid
Somerset are closing in on a crucial victory in their fight for County Championship Division One survival.
Essex edged closer to the County Championship title after making a strong start to their match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Haseeb Hameed missed out on a first Championship hundred of 2017, while Notts' unbeaten run is in jeopardy at Trent Bridge.
England quick Mark Wood shone to rally Durham against Kent on his return to County Championship action from a heel injury.
Ben Duckett creamed 193 for Northants in the County Championship but rain blighted much of day one elsewhere.
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