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Though he'll be missing for the start of the season due to his million-dollar IPL deal off the back of some brilliant performances in the Big Bash, he'll be a key member of the attack upon his return. Also, keep an eye out for promising, year-old, left-arm quick George Garton - he had only two four-day appearances last year, but is being keenly watched by the England selectors and his game time is sure to increase.

Leading run-scorer in Division Two last season, with 1, runs at an average of Has flattered to deceive at times through his career on the south coast, but the year-old might now just be starting to hit his stride. He still has the tendency to be a bit feast or famine with his batting, but as his against Durham last year proved, he doesn't go hungry when he gets in.

No longer burdened by a cruel point punishment dished out for accepting a financial aid package from the ECB during the season, Durham will be back challenging near the top end of the table. Durham bring back impressive New Zealand opener Tom Latham - who will also serve as their List A captain - and opt for another, yet different, South African opener as overseas options.

Stephen Cook struggled his way to runs at Indian all-rounder Axar Patel is also a new addition. Not quite the prolific strike bowler he once was - a County Championship-leading 83 wickets at Expect that to improve further with something to play for this season. The year-old captain rolled back the years in , scoring 1, runs at Arguably he'd look better placed back in the England middle-order than some younger pretenders do right now. Likely to hover around the middle of the pack once again.

The make-up of the side looks practically the same, just with stylish, overseas left-handed batsmen swapped out - veteran South Africa skipper Jacques Rudolph makes way for Australia's Shaun Marsh. Michael Hogan takes over as club captain. It's a familiar story, with the year-old veteran seamer still very much leading the attack in Cardiff, as well as now the team itself. He took 50 wickets at just With Rudolph retired, the run-scoring responsibility lies with the left-handed overseas batsman who replaces him.

Marsh struggled in Australia's recent Test series in South Africa, failing to score a fifty across eight innings', but he was utterly dominant against England in the Ashes over the winter, smashing runs at an average of There is concern surrounding Kent's upcoming season, given homegrown star batsman Sam Northeast has left for Hampshire belying the team's ambition.

Not necessarily a direct replacement for Northeast, but the arrival of South African opener Heino Kuhn isn't hugely inspired, especially given his struggles in the Test series in England last summer - runs at an average of The appointment of Sam Billings as club captain could certainly be a masterstroke though, providing the year-old with some greater responsibility - leadership and run-scoring wise - in Northeast's absence.

As for the bowling, New Zealand quick Matt Henry arrives on an overseas deal. Incredibly, the evergreen Stevens finished the season as the second-highest wicket-taker in Division Two - his 62 strikes earned at an average of Will be heavily relied upon again. Someone needs to step up in Northeast's absence, and there will be hope that it's another homegrown talent of theirs in Bell-Drummond.

Talked up as a possible England hopeful before a disastrous season saw him average only Vital he returns to the kind of form that saw him score a century against the touring Aussies in A bowling attack that was in much need of strengthening has certainly been added to. But, will the additions be successful ones? And who is scoring the runs. Fellow countryman Duanne Olivier is another new arrival, on a standard overseas deal.

In other news, former England U19 captain Shiv Thakor has been sacked by the club after being found guilty of indecent exposure and has been put on the sex offenders register for five years.

The Proteas pacer managed only five games in the first year of his three-year deal, but what an impact he made, taking 24 wickets at He took 15 of those in one game, so Sussex certainly won't be relishing the prospect of facing him again. The county captain has proven to be a dependable run-getter at the top of the order since his arrival from Essex in Also expect Wayne Madsen to bounce back after a down year in This Gloucestershire team looks desperately thin, in both the batting and bowling departments.

Set to take a step, or several, back. Not a huge amount. Gloucestershire haven't really strengthened, and they've lost a key component of their campaign in Australian opener Cameron Bancroft - runs at He first left for Somerset and has since been handed a nine-month suspension by Cricket Australia after his role in the ball-tampering episode. What a the seamer had - firing his way to 59 wickets at a staggering Gloucestershire's leading run-scorer again last year, chipping in with runs at He has the added responsibility of being team captain in , but it's crucial for Gloucestershire's hopes that it doesn't impact his form with the willow.

County whipping boys once again, following up a promising seventh-place finish in with a winless campaign last year. Likely to improve a little in , but not enough to move out of the basement. Michael Carberry arrives as new club captain from Hampshire, and another veteran presence in the batting order along with Paul Horton, Mark Pettini and Neil Dexter.

Afghanistan allround Mohammad Nabi is another exciting addition, though the loss of Australian Clint McKay - a key strike bowler over the last few seasons - is a big blow. With McKay gone, much is expected from, and certainly needed from, the Indian fast bowler famed for blackening Stuart Broad's eyes with a vicious bouncer in the Test series.

His best days are behind him, scoring only runs at an average of But, the mere fact Carberry was able to take the field in , battling back from cancer, is impressive enough. It's a testament to his strength of character, the type of which Leicestershire could hugely benefit from leading their dressing room.

Make sure you follow all the county cricket on Sky Sports this summer. A spell of five wickets in 38 balls from Morne Morkel either side of tea saw the Division One leaders roar back into contention against bottom side Worcestershire.

Catch up with the latest from the County Championship as Morne Morkel fires Surrey towards the title. ECB disciplinary committee issues another final warning as it warns Somerset they "are treading a very fine line". As Alastair Cook was given his final ovation at The Oval, the Surrey captain added another hundred to a prolific season.

A rare clash between Marcus Trescothick and Dale Steyn was a memorable sub-plot as Somerset slid to a two-day defeat at the Ageas Bowl. Catch up with the latest from the County Championship, with Surrey now just a draw away from the Division One title. Warwickshire put the squeeze on Leicestershire on a rain-hit second day at Grace Road. M Vijay made a half-century on his Championship debut at Trent Bridge after answering a late-season call-up from Essex.

Ross Whiteley led a day of resistance from the bottom club as Surrey realised their much-anticipated Championship title was not about co come easily. After the dramatic tie at Taunton, Somerset's batting folded again but their bowlers kept them in the contest.

Graham Onions and Tom Bailey continued their prolific seasons in a relegation clash Lancashire have to win. RJ Burns , Surr, Left-hand bat. JM Vince , Hants, Right-hand bat. JC Hildreth , Somst, Right-hand bat.

G Onions , Lancs, Right-arm medium-fast. TE Bailey , Lancs, Right-arm fast-medium. SR Harmer , Essex, Right-arm offbreak. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies? Matches All times Fixtures Results. England-opener-in-waiting Rory Burns epitomises Surrey success Rory Burns has led from the front but Surrey's title is the result of a strong team ethos and contributions from many quarters.

Brooks' grand goodbye leaves Lancashire fearing the worst Jack Brooks' 9 for in a Roses match awash with relegation fears was a bittersweet gift for a Yorkshire side he will leave at the end of the season. Stewart's homegrown search reaps rich dividends Alec Stewart celebrated Surrey's Championship win by saying:

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