Essex are a part of Group 1 of the County Championship– right here’s the crew preview and fixtures listing.
County Championship 2021: Essex preview
IN: Jimmy Neesham (NZ, T20)
OUT: Rishi Patel (Leics)
Simon Harmer – the South African twirler was at his good finest once more final summer season, strangling the life out of opposition line-ups to select up a competition-high 38 wickets as Essex collected their third red-ball trophy in 4 seasons. He has added motivation this summer season, together with his sights set on a return to Test cricket, a path now open to him as a result of he’s registered as an abroad participant reasonably than a Kolpak.
Feroze Khushi – like his teammate Dan Lawrence, the 21-year-old was raised in Whipps Cross and has wrists to die for. Khushi debuted final summer season and stroked a maiden half-century in opposition to Surrey on a Chelmsford bunsen, resulting in a brand new contract for a batsman described by coach Anthony McGrath as an “exceptional talent”.
County Championship 2021: Essex Fixtures
Essex v Worcestershire, Thursday 8 April, The Cloud FM County Ground
Essex v Durham, Thursday 15 April, The Cloud FM County Ground
Warwickshire v Essex, Thursday 22 April, Edgbaston
Worcestershire v Essex, Thursday 29 April, New Road
Nottinghamshire v Essex, Thursday 6 May, Trent Bridge
Essex v Derbyshire, Thursday May 13, CloudFM County Ground
Essex v Warwickshire, Thursday 20 May, CloudFM County Ground
Durham v Essex, Thursday 27 May, Emirates Riverside
Essex v Nottinghamshire, Thursday 3 June, CloudFM County Ground
Derbyshire v Essex, Sunday July 11, Queen’s Park, Chesterfield
*Divisional Matches to be performed between 30 August and 24 September.
You can see the total listing of County Championship fixtures right here.
Essex are bidding to develop into the primary county to win the English first-class competitors for 3 years in succession since Yorkshire in 1968, and their indomitable bowling assault will guarantee they’re proper within the combine. Only as soon as in eight innings did their opposition attain 200 final summer season, as Harmer, Jamie Porter and Simon Cook ran riot, sharing 82 wickets between them. With the exception of Alastair Cook, the batting was significantly much less dependable. In his first season as skipper, Tom Westley averaged simply 17, whereas Lawrence’s availability could also be restricted by England commitments. Still, Essex have develop into adept at profitable regardless of the circumstances. They will take some stopping.
County Championship 2021: Essex prediction
2nd in Division 1
This preview first appeared in subject 42 of Wisden Cricket Monthly.