England player county availability
The ECB today announced the availability of England players for the next round of domestic fixtures following the conclusion of the fourth npower Test at Headingley Carnegie yesterday.
England captain Andrew Strauss will miss the LV= County Championship match against Essex this week and the NatWest Pro40 fixture against Leicestershire on Sunday.
Five members of the team which played in the fourth Test against Australia will be available to their counties for the next round of championship matches, starting tomorrow. They are: Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Alastair Cook, Graham Onions and Graeme Swann.
Managing director, England Cricket, Hugh Morris said: "Following discussions with the England team management, it has been decided to make a number of players available to their counties for four-day cricket this week.
“We are aware that we underperformed with bat and ball at Headingley and this decision is designed to give players an opportunity to spend time in the middle and get overs under their belt ahead of the decisive fifth npower Test at the Brit Oval next week."
The full list of availability for this week’s championship matches is as follows:
Andrew Strauss (Middlesex) unavailable v Essex
James Anderson (Lancashire) and Andrew Flintoff unavailable v Durham
Ian Bell (Warwickshire) available v Nottinghamshire
Ravi Bopara and Alastair Cook (Essex) available v Middlesex
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire) unavailable v Warwickshire
Paul Collingwood and Steve Harmison (Durham) unavailable v Lancashire
Graham Onions (Durham) available v Lancashire
Matt Prior (Sussex) unavailable v Worcestershire
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire) available v Warwickshire