Harmer’s availability, now he’s returned to South Africa’s embrace, will be crucial, this year, as will the form of Alastair Cook, who has signed a two-year deal


  It was something of a shock when Essex failed to win the Championship last year after lifting the trophy in 2017 and 2019 and the “Bob” in 2020.

LBouncy Sam Billings, a breath of fresh air after his long drive to England’s final Ashes Test in Australia, will need all his enthusiasm leading Kent.

     A tricky season lies ahead for Northants, who were promoted alongside Gloucestershire at the back end of 201

    After being nearly men for so long, Somerset’s red-ball season collapsed like a popped balloon in the autumn.

Simon Harmer was the leading spin wicket-taker last year; Sam Billings hopes to hit out for Kent