England have given their senior players the chance to play at least two county matches before the summer’s first Test.
Captain Alastair Cook, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott will all be available for two County Championship fixtures.
Nick Compton, Joe Root and Chris Woakes have the chance to play three matches and Graham Onions four.
England face New Zealand in the first Test at Lord’s on 16 May.
Bell, Compton, Prior, Root and Trott have also been freed to play at least one Yorkshire Bank40 match.Read more