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Cook available for Essex finale

PUBLISHED: 17:15 13 September 2017

Alastair Cook in batting action for Essex against Middlesex earlier this summer (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Alastair Cook in batting action for Essex against Middlesex earlier this summer (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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England and Essex batsman Alastair Cook will be available for the final two Specsavers County Championship matches of the 2017 season, it has been announced.

Division One leaders Essex travel to the Ageas Bowl next week to face Hampshire, before a home match against Yorkshire at the Cloudfm County Ground in Chelmsford to conclude the campaign.

Cook will be available for selection after the recent Test series against West Indies and will bolster Chris Silverwood’s ranks for the title charge.

Essex are currently on top in their fixture with bottom club Warwickshire at Edgbaston, after dismissing the hosts for 201 and seeing Varun Chopra fall two runs short of a century as they built a three-figure lead in their first innings.

And head coach Silverwood is thrilled to see Cook back, saying: “Obviously it is always a massive bonus to get a player of Alastair’s calibre back into the squad and around the group.

“He made a massive difference earlier in the season and helped set us on the path we have been on. Hopefully now he can come back and help us achieve the dream of lifting the Division One title.”

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