Lara, who is the only batsman to score 400 in a Test inning, had retired after scoring 11,953 runs in 131 Tests and 10,505 runs in 299 ODIs.
The county season was to start on April 12 but the England and Wales Cricket Board ruled that no cricket wouldbe possible before May 28 in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
Joe Root defended his underperforming senior players after his team meekly handed back the Ashes to Australia in Perth.
Here is an examination of four key England players for the five-Test Ashes series against Australia, which starts in Brisbane.
Root praised the parts played by predecessor Alastair Cook and all-rounder Moeen Ali after his first Test win as skipper.