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Essex County Cricket Club

Wicket - Tom Moore is delighted after taking the wicket of Michael Clarke    Picture: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

Tom Moore makes headlines for Essex with back-to-back wickets but Australia take control

Addition - Liam Dawson bowling against the Essex Eagles in last season's One Day Cup   Picture: GAVIN ELLIS/TGSPHOTOS

Essex bring in spinner Liam Dawson on one-month loan from Hampshire

Aussies are in town – captain Michael Clarke working out in the nets at Chelmsford yesterday                       Picture: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

Essex star Tom Westley's weekly Echo column: We can't wait to play Aussies

Hopeful - Paul Grayson

Paul Grayson calls on players to take their chances against Australia

Jamie Porter – looking to make a name for himself against the Australians this week  Picture: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

Jamie Porter has his eye on claiming prize wicket as Australia tour match begins

Jesse Ryder - hit a stunning century to help Essex triumph against Hampshire       PICTURE: Gavin Ellis

Jesse Ryder hits stunning century as Essex Eagles beat Hampshire in Twenty20 blast

Seeing team home – Tom Westley in action against Gloucestershire   Picture: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

Essex County Cricket Club star Tom Westley with his latest Echo column

Alastair Cook in action for Essex today. Picture: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTO

Alastair Cook two short of half century for Essex against Gloucestershire

Dream come true: Essex team-mate Graham Napier thinks Reece Topley (pictured) will suit the England environment. Picture: TGSPHOTO

Topley's call up is what dreams are made of says Napier

Aaron Lucas believes Old Southendian & Southchurch will bounce back at Epping tomorrow

Cricket: Old Southendian & Southchurch captain confident league leaders will recover from first defeat

International recognition - Reece Topley has been named in England's T20 squad for their international against New Zealand, next Tuesday. Picture: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Colchester and Essex seamer Topley earns England T20 call-up for New Zealand clash

Basildon & Pitsea captain Michael Gray was delighted with his team's win

Basildon & Pitsea end Old Boys’ unbeaten streak with 23-run win

Michael Gray, seen batting, is hoping Basildon & Pitsea return to winning ways tomorrow

Basildon & Pitsea out to get back on track against league leaders Old Southendian & Southchurch

Mark Pettini - scored 68 runs off 44 balls for Essex      PICTURE: GAVIN ELLIS/TGSPHOTO

Essex beat Gloucestershire to make it two Twenty20 Blast wins in a row

Tom Westley and Jesse Ryder celebrate their match-savinf partnership. Picture: GAVIN ELLIS/TGSPHOTO

Essex hit 13-year second wicket high in drawn match with Northamptonshire

Tom Westley - struck a fine half century for Essex

Essex Eagles get back to winning ways with NatWest T20 Blast victory at Surrey

Back in action - Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook returns for Essex Eagles ahead of key Surrey clash in the Twenty20 Blast

Superb debut - for Somerset's Chris Gayle    PICTURES: GAVIN ELLIS/TGSPHOTOS

Chris Gayle shines as Essex Eagles lose thrilling Twenty20 Blast clash with Somerset

Ravi Bopara - a superb unbeaten 81 against Glamorgan     PIC: Nick Wood/TGSPhoto

Ravi Bopara inspires Essex Eagles to Twenty20 win at Glamorgan

Jamie Porter - at the crease for Essex

Day three report: Essex need 313 runs to win after 18 wickets fall in Glamorgan

David Masters - among the wicket takers

Day two report: Essex trail Glamorgan by 131 as Callum Taylor makes first-class debut

Head coach - Paul Grayson

Essex head to Glamorgan in County Championship

Shaun Tait targets winning return as T20 Blast looms for Essex Eagles

Shaun Tait targets winning return as T20 Blast looms for Essex Eagles

Matt Salisbury wants to make impression for Essex Eagles in T20 Blast

Matt Salisbury wants to make impression for Essex Eagles in T20 Blast

Daniel Lawrence batting at the Oval on his way to his superb 161. PIC: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

Dan Lawrence's decision to leave college early pays off as he celebrates maiden first-class century for Essex

Daniel Lawrence batting at the Oval on his way to his magnificent 161. PIC: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

Teenage sensation Dan Lawrence becomes county cricket's third youngest century-maker as he puts Essex in charge against Surrey

Alastair Cook -  believes he is still improving as a batsman

England captain Alastair Cook believes he is still improving as a batsman

Graham Napier hits out against Kent on day two. PIC: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

Graham Napier gives Essex the edge heading into a tense third day

Jesse Ryder celebrates taking the wicket of Fabian   Cowdrey, one of five Kent scalps he claimed  Picture: TGSPHOTO

Jesse Ryder stars before Essex hit trouble against Kent bowlers

Nick Browne - keen to continue his stunning pre-season form when Essex start their County Championship campaign at home to Kent                                               PICTURE:GAVIN ELLIS/TGSPHOTO

Essex batsman Nick Browne out to continue fine pre-season form in all formats of the game this season

Essex star Tom Westley in action against Cardiff MCUU

Essex star Tom Westley with his first Echo column of the season

Jamie Porter - eager to make the most of his second chance with Essex

Jamie Porter out to make most of second chance with Essex Cricket Club

Confident of doing well - Tom Westley                        PICTURE: Gavin Ellis

Essex's Tom Westley learns from winter in Sri Lanka

Paul Grayson - feels his Essex squad is stronger than last year                                      PICTURE: GAVIN ELLIS

Essex coach Paul Grayson: We are stronger than last season

Monty Panesar - believes his best years are still ahead of him                                                   PICTURE: Gavin Ellis

Monty Panesar: My best years are ahead of me, for both Essex and England

Shape of his life - Reece Topley cannot wait for the new season to start PICTURE:GAVIN ELLIS

Essex bowler Reece Topley sets his sights on earning England call

UAE's performance encourages East

UAE's performance encourages East

Time for change – Neil Foster believes England are stuck in the past.

Cricket has moved on but England haven't

Feeling positive – Essex skipper James Foster     Picture: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

James Foster backing Essex to start strongly as new cricket season approaches

Gough gets a trial with Essex

Gough gets a trial with Essex

Shaun Tait appeals for the wicket of Surrey Sharks' Gary Wilson during his spell with Essex Eagles in 2013. Picture: GAVIN ELLIS/TSG PHOTO

Shaun Tait set to return for Essex Eagles' NatWest T20 Blast campaign

England's Steven Finn, second from left, and teammate Ravi Bopara, left, appeal unsuccessfully for a wicket during today's final

Ravi Bopara unable to stop Australia beating England in Tri-Series final

Alastair Cook was dropped as England's one-day captain

James Anderson backs decision to drop Alastair Cook as England one-day cricket captain

Alastair Cook left gutted after being stripped of England's one-day captaincy

Alastair Cook left gutted after being stripped of England's one-day captaincy

Alastair Cook batting for England

ECB boss Paul Downton confident Essex's Alastair Cook will still be England World Cup captain

Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook: I am going nowhere (but Peter Moores doesn't sound quite so convincing)

Essex will take on Middlesex at Castle Park

Essex will take on Middlesex at Castle Park

Alastair Cook

Under-pressure Alastair Cook won't listen to KP and his other doubters

Essex coach Paul Grayson. PIC: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

Essex to begin their 2015 campaign against Kent

Phillip Hughes

Phil Hughes tragedy won't change the approach of Alastair Cook

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