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County Championship ins and outs: Division One

The County Championship is back, here are the moves each county have made during the off-season, along with our predictions of where each team will be placed come the end of the summer...

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Essex

2017 finish: 1st in Division One

Captain: Ryan ten Doeschate

Coach: Anthony McGrath

In: Matt Coles (Kent), Feroze Khushi (youth)

Out: Kishan Velani (released)

Overseas: Peter Siddle (Aus, April-May);Neil Wagner (NZ, May-June); Adam Zampa (Aus, T20)

The Cricketer prediction: 3rd

Hampshire

2017 finish: 5th in Division One

Captain: James Vince

Coach: Craig White

In: Sam Northeast (Kent), Chris Sole (youth), Matt Salisbury (Essex) 

Out: Will Smith (Durham), Michael Carberry (Leics), George Bailey 

Overseas: Hashim Amla (South Africa, April-June), Dale Steyn (South Africa, June)

*Reece Topley available for List A and T20 only

The Cricketer prediction: 7th

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Hashim Amla brings 28 Test hundreds to Hampshire

Lancashire

2017 finish: 2nd in Division One

Captain: Liam Livingstone

Coach: Glen Chapple

In: Keaton Jennings, Graham Onions (both Durham), Liam Hurt, Josh Bohannon (both youth)

Out: Luke Procter (Northants) Kyle Jarvis, Ryan McLaren 

Overseas: Joe Mennie (Aus, April to early September), James Faulkner (Aus, T20) 

The Cricketer prediction: 1st

Nottinghamshire

2017 finish: 2nd in Division Two

Captain: Steven Mullaney

Coach: Peter Moores

In: Paul Coughlin (Durham), Chris Nash (Sussex)

Out: Brett Hutton (Northamptonshire), Chris Read (retired) 

Overseas: Ross Taylor (NZ, first half of season), Dan Christian (Aus, T20), Ish Sodhi (NZ, T20)

*Alex Hales available for List A and T20 only

The Cricketer prediction: 5th

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Morkel has signed a two-year deal with Surrey

Somerset

2017 finish: 6th in Division One

Captain: Tom Abell 

Coach: Jason Kerr  

In: None

Out: Jim Allenby, Michael Leask (rel), Ryan Davies (rel)

Overseas: Matt Renshaw (Aus, replaces Cameron Bancroft), Corey Anderson (NZ, T20)

*Johann Myburgh available for List A and T20 only

The Cricketer prediction: 6th

Surrey

2017 finish: 3rd in Division One

Captain: Rory Burns

Coach: Michael di Venuto

In: Morne Morkel (Kolpak), Rikki Clarke (Warwickshire), Will Jacks, Gus Atkinson

Out: Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Kumar Sangakkara (retired), Ravi Rampaul (Derbyshire)

Overseas: Mitchell Marsh (Aus, injured*), Dean Elgar (SA, April - May)

The Cricketer prediction: 2nd

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Kane Williamson will join Yorkshire in July

Worcestershire

2017 finish: 1st in Division Two

Captain: Joe Leach

Coach: Kevin Sharp

In: Steve Magoffin (Sussex), Alex Milton (youth), Dillon Pennington (youth)

Out: None

Overseas: Travis Head (Aus)

The Cricketer prediction: 8th

Yorkshire

2017 finish: 4th in Division One

Captain: Gary Ballance

Coach: Andrew Gale

In: None

Out: Ryan Sidebottom (retired), Will Rhodes (Warwickshire)

Overseas: Cheteshwar Pujara (Ind, April to mid-June), Kane Williamson (NZ, July 13-September 4), Billy Stanlake (Aus, T20)

*Adil Rashid available for List A and T20 only

The Cricketer prediction: 4th

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