All-rounder Ravi Bopara renews his contract until the end of next season at county champions Essex.
Essex and England Lions batsman Tom Westley will be out for around three months after having surgery on a finger injury.
County champions Essex begin the defence of their title in 2018 against Yorkshire at Headingley on 13 April.
Essex batsman Tom Westley is to return home from England Lions' tour of Australia after suffering a finger injury.
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