Young England fast bowler prepares for third county season
Essex batting star hits third century in three matches as England captain
England beaten in Sri Lanka as Australia win World Cup
England Lions seamer Jack Brooks is to leave Northamptonshire.
Brooks, 28, has risen through the ranks to put himself on the fringes of England's plans, taking 118 first-class wickets at under 29 each since making his first-class debut in 2009.
His county released a statement this afternoon, announcing Brooks has played his final match for them - and making it clear they wish him well in his future ambitions.
It read: "Northants Cricket can confirm that seam bowler Jack Brooks, who has a get-out clause in the final year of his current contract, will leave the club at the end of the season."
Brooks added: "I've taken this decision to leave Northants, because I want to compete at the highest level."
Essex batsman Alastair Cook will be the new Captain of England's Test Match Cricket team after Andrew Strauss retired from professional cricket.
Essex cricketers Ravi Bopara and Alastair Cook have been selected for the limited overs matches against South Africa.
Cook will take part in the One Day Internationals against the Proteas, Bopara will take part in both the ODI and the Twenty20 competition.
The full squad can be seen here.
Essex cricketers Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara have been given clearance by England to play in the county's Friend's Life T20 quarter final against Somerset.Both had mixed experiences for England in the 1st Test with South Africa at The KIA Oval.
Cook followed up his 1st innings century with a duck, while Bopara playing in his first test match in more than a year made 0 and 22.Essex are bidding to reach T20 finals day for the 4th time. Their last appearance was in 2010 when they lost their semi-final.
Essex batsmen Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara have been named in England's provisional 30-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in September:
The full squad is: Stuart Broad (Notts) (Capt), James Anderson (Lancs), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Gareth Batty (Surrey), Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Ravi Bopara (Essex), Scott Borthwick (Durham), Tim Bresnan (Yorks), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Jos Buttler (Somerset), Alastair Cook (Essex), Steven Croft (Lancashire), Steven Davies (Surrey), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Craig Kieswetter (Somerset)
Michael Lumb (Notts), Stuart Meaker (Surrey), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Graham Onions (Durham), Samit Patel (Notts), Matt Prior (Sussex), Joe Root (Yorks), Ben Stokes (Durham), Graeme Swann (Notts), James Taylor (Notts), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Luke Wright (Sussex).
Essex batsman Ravi Bopara has another chance to re-establish himself as an England test player after his excellent performances in the one-day series against Australia.