England's director of cricket Andrew Strauss says the absence of Ben Stokes from the tour of Australia is a "blow" to the team.
Fast bowler James Weighell signs a new two-year contract with County Championship Division Two side Durham.
Australian fast bowler Nathan Rimmington joins Division Two side Durham on a two-year deal.
Durham captain Paul Collingwood signs a new contract that will expire at the end of the 2018 season.
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