The County Championship is set to welcome back England's finest stars for the opening fixtures of the county season.
The ECB, today announced, that the majority of the Three Lion's heroes are to be made avaliable for at least the opening four first-class matches.
County Championship champions Yorkshire are the main beneficiaries with five England pros returning to the fray. With superstar Joe Root set for a two-game stint with the White Rose.
Stuart Broad, Nottinghamshire and England right-arm paceman is free for the crunch match against Lancashire which will see him go head-to-head with friend and fellow Englishman James Anderson.
Ben Stokes will look to bounce back from his from his T20 final over nightmare when he returns to a strong Durham side for two-matches. He will join fellow seamer Mark Wood to boost the Chester-Le-Street club's bowling attack.
Moving into Division Two, and down south to Chelmsford, England skipper Alastair Cook will make a rare appearance at the Essex County Ground. Cook, will appear in the opening four Championship fixtures for the Eagles, who will look to get off to a flier, knowing their early season form often puts pay to their promotion push come September.
On the south coast, England's gun death bowler Chris Jordan will join up with the Sussex squad for duty from early May to help the Sharks regain their Division One status.
Whilst, Moeen Ali, will look to have a similar affect at New Road, as he appears in the second, third and fourth Championship fixtures for Worcestershire.
These stars are sure to bring the paying punters to the grounds during the early season, and it is good to see the ECB finally allowing these players to represent their clubs. It allows younger players to test the mettle against their creme-de-la-creme of the country. Which will only help the future of the English game.
Written by: David Bowden - Site Owner
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