Nottinghamshire will be bolstered by the availability of Stuart Broad and Alex Hales during the opening weeks of the season.

While Broad is set to feature in both Specsavers County Championship fixtures in April, Hales will play each of the Outlaws’ opening four fixtures in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

The availability of both players has been revealed as the ECB announced when England contracted players will feature for their counties across the opening month of the season.

Stuart Broad will take-on his Test captain, Joe Root, in the first match of the Specsavers County Championship Division One, when Nottinghamshire host Yorkshire at Trent Bridge on April 5.

Broad, who has been granted a testimonial year by the Club in 2019, will also be available the following week, starting April 11, when Somerset are the visitors to Trent Bridge in the second round of Championship matches.

Hales will feature against Lancashire Lightning, Derbyshire Falcons, Warwickshire and Leicestershire Foxes as the Outlaws embark on the road to Lord’s for the trophy they won against Surrey in 2017.

“It’s great to have Stuart and Alex around for the early part of the season; one because they’re world-class players, but also because they’re experienced cricketers that bring a lot to the group,” said Nottinghamshire captain Steven Mullaney.

“Competition for places is something we were keen to generate more of this season. Having our England players available only adds to that competition.”


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