Warwickshire's late-flowering Australian fast bowling discovery Ryan Sidebottom claimed a career-best 6-35 at Wantage Road as they dominated the first day against Northamptonshire.
Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon has enlisted the help of the Special Air Service to try to improve fortunes.
Former England batsman Ed Smith is set to become the new national selector.
Glamorgan have signed Australia batsman Usman Khawaja for the T20 Blast.
Middlesex laid down a marker in Division Two with a 160-run win over Northamptonshire at Lord's.
South Africa opener Aiden Markram says his short-term stint at Durham in 2018 is not just about personal development.
Hampshire's fast bowlers condemned newly promoted Division Two champions Worcestershire to a heavy 196-run County Championship defeat on the final morning at Southampton.
Channel Nine will no longer show home Tests for the first time in 40 years as part of Cricket Australia's new broadcasting rights deal.
Somerset have signed Australia batsman Matt Renshaw as their overseas replacement for Cameron Bancroft.
Lancashire County Cricket Club made an operating profit of £2,347,000 for 2017, an increase of 92% on the previous year.