Essex excited to start new season

PUBLISHED: 07:30 10 April 2016

Essex's Alastair Cook (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

Essex's Alastair Cook (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Silverwood: We want success

Essex begin the new County Championship Division Two season with a home match against Gloucestershire today (Sunday, 11am).

England Test captain Alastair Cook has been named in a 12-man squad and will also be available for the county’s fixtures against Northamptonshire, Sussex and Worcestershire before joining up with the national side for their series with Sri Lanka in May.

And Ryan ten Doeschate’s squad also includes locals Nick Browne, Ravi Bopara, Dan Lawrence, James Foster and Jamie Porter, as they look to get off to a winning start.

Head coach Chris Silverwood told the club’s official website: “We want to bring back the successful times to Essex, they have enjoyed a terrific reputation in the past and we want to bring those times back to Chelmsford.

“It’s what the members want and talking to a number of them as I have been doing these past few days during our pre-season friendlies, there is a real air of excitement about the season.

“That’s brilliant because we, as coaches and players, feed off that.

“We’ve set out on a journey here and all of us, coaches, players and all the backroom staff are 100 per cent determined to succeed.

“So we are all really looking forward to getting the season underway and for me, I have to admit that there will be a few nerves.

It’s my team now, but it’s more excited energy. I know how hard our guys have worked during the winter to improve their games and I just want them to go out and express themselves and show everyone just what a good team we are.”

Essex beat Cambridge University by a record 523 runs in their opening first-class fixture of the 2016 season, before drawing a two-day friendly with Middlesex and seeing a Twenty20 clash washed out with six overs remaining.

Essex: Ten Doeschate, Browne, Cook, Westley, Bopara, Ryder, Lawrence, Foster, Napier, Masters, Dixon, Porter.

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