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Harmison available from the season start

Available from the start

By Jon Steer
March 26 2008

The ECB have announced that Steve Harmison and Phil Mustard will both be available for Durham in all forms of cricket from the start of the season. The availability of England players outside of international fixtures has become closely controlled despite the obvious need for many players to get as much competitive practice as they can.

Steve Harmison was dropped by England after the first test and Phil Mustard played no part in the test series despite being in the squad. Both will be available from Durham first game, the traditional university encounter, this year at the Riverside from the 16th April.

Paul Collingwood who played all three test matches in New Zealand won't be available until the Friends Provident Trophy match against Derbyshire on 2nd May. He should be able to play the trophy matches against Lancashire and Yorkshire on the 4th and 5th of May and the Championship match against Lancashire on the 7th. Michael Vaughan and Matthew Hoggard will be available for Durham's game against Yorkshire while James Anderson will be available for both of Durham's games against Lancashire.

The first test match of the summer is a rematch against New Zealand starting on the 15th May.

The full availability from the ECB:


Stephen Harmison: Available for all cricket from the start of the season

Phil Mustard: Available for all cricket from the start of the season

Paul Collingwood: Available: v Derbyshire Friends Provident Trophy (2 May), Lancashire FPT (4 May), Nottinghamshire FPT (5 May), v Lancashire LV County Championship (7-10 May)


Alastair Cook: Available: v Derbyshire LVC (23-26 April), New Zealand - tour match (2-5 May), Middlesex LVCC (7-10 May)


Kevin Pietersen: Available v Somerset FPT (2 May), Gloucestershire FPT (4 May) and Somerset LVCC (7-10 May)


James Anderson: Available v Somerset LVCC (April 23-26), Durham UCCE (April 30-May 2), Durham FPT (4 May), Durham LVCC (May 7-10)


Owais Shah/Andrew Strauss: Both players available for all cricket starting from LVCC fixture v Leicestershire (April 16-19)


Monty Panesar: Available for all cricket starting from LVCC fixture v Warwickshire (April 23-26)


Stuart Broad/Ryan Sidebottom: Both players available v Oxford UCCE (April 23-25), Yorkshire LVCC (April 30-3 May), Kent LVCC (7-10 May)

Graeme Swann: Available for all cricket starting from LVCC fixture v Kent (April 16-19)


Tim Ambrose: Available for all cricket starting from FPT fixture v Nottinghamshire (20 April)

Ian Bell: Available v Worcestershire LVCC (April 16-19), Leicestershire LVCC (April 29-2 May), Derbyshire LVCC (7-10 May)


Michael Vaughan: Available: v Leeds UCCE (16-18 April), v Hampshire LVCC (23-26 April), v Notts LVCC (30 April – 3 May), v Derbyshire FPT (April 27) v Durham FPT (5 May)

Matthew Hoggard: Available for all cricket from the start of the season


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