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England players made available for County Championship matches

Six of England's Test squad will be available to join their counties for the start of the County Championship season

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Liam Livingstone and James Vince will be straight back into action after returning from New Zealand. The two captains will be available to feature for their respective counties in the first round of matches beginning on Friday 13.

The following week could see Ben Foakes and Mark Stoneman go up against Vince's Hampshire at The Oval, while Jack Leach and Craig Overton will begin their county Championship campaigns against Worcestershire at Taunton.

The players availability will run for three further rounds of matches before the Royal London One-Day Cup begins on May 17.

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).

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 (Yorkshire) – available for Specsavers County Championship matches against Essex (4-7 May) and Surrey (11-14 May). Liam Plunkett, Gary Ballance, and David Willey – 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.

*England are yet to make a decision on the early-season availability of James Anderson for Lancashire.

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