Essex County Cricket Club have announced that Alastair Cook has committed his future to the club and signed a contract extension that will see him remain with the defending county champions for the next three years.
Alastair Cook rediscovered the sort of imperious form that had eluded him this season, but fell four runs short of the 63rd first-class century of his career on the first day of Essex’s day-night match with Somerset at Chelmsford.
A dominant performance with bat and ball over two days carried Nottinghamshire into a strong position to end a run of back-to-back Specsavers County Championship defeats and leapfrog opponents Essex in the table.
Varun Chopra, Essex’s talismanic batsman of this season’s Royal London Cup campaign, recognises the void left by the absence of captain Ryan ten Doeschate from today’s quarter-final against Yorkshire at Chelmsford.
Having secured a home tie in the quarter-finals of the Royal London Cup by beating Kent Spitfires emphatically on Wednesday, Essex turn their attentions back to the red ball when they travel to Old Trafford to face Lancashire.
Joe Clarke delivered a perfectly timed message to the England selectors before they choose the side for the opening Test against Pakistan with another superb century in the Specsavers County Championship Division One clash with Essex at Blackfinch New Road.
Essex head coach Anthony McGrath admitted the first day of their County Championship match at Worcestershire was not their best, as they were dismissed for 177 and saw the hsots reach 47-0 before an early close.
Worcestershire paceman Josh Tongue gave another demonstration of his rich potential – and in front of ECB Player Pathway scout Geoff Arnold – as champions Essex were dismissed for 177 on day one of the Specsavers County Championship Division One clash at Blackfinch New Road.
Essex head coach Anthony McGrath is urging his players to put the memory of the Yorkshire defeat behind them as they prepare for their next County Championship match which begins against Worcestershire at Blackfinch New Road on Friday.
Essex bowler Sam Cook took the wicket of England captain Joe Root first ball, but claimed he was ‘probably more excited’ by scoring his first Championship runs on a day when 22 wickets fell at Chelmsford.
After an eventful day of 22 wickets, a first-baller for England captain Joe Root, a duck for former England captain Alastair Cook and five wickets for the promising Sam Cook, Yorkshire rose from the ignominy of 50 all out to lead Essex by 69 runs.
England opener Alastair Cook is set to make his first home appearance of the season as Essex meet Yorkshire in the Specsavers County Championship at The Cloudfm County Ground starting today (Friday, 11am).
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