Essex head to Hove on a high

PUBLISHED: 13:50 16 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:50 16 April 2016

Essex players celebrate a wicket (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

Essex players celebrate a wicket (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Silverwood names 13-man squad for Sussex clash

Essex head coach Chris Silverwood has named a 13-man squad for the visit to Sussex as they return to Specsavers County Championship Division Two action tomorrow.

Silverwood has added New Zealand-born paceman Matt Quinn and former slow left-arm Sussex bowler Ashar Zaidi to the team that trounced Gloucestershire by 10 wickets earlier this week, although he admits the starting line-up could remain unchanged.

“We want to cover all options although it’s very difficult to change a side that’s won so convincingly,” he said.

“But we’ll have a look at the conditions and the wicket at Hove before we make the final choice.”

The victory against Gloucestershire, which featured local players Ravi Bopara, James Foster, Nick Browne, Dan Lawrence and Jamie Porter, gave former England, Yorkshire and Middlesex bowler Silverwood the perfect start since being confirmed as head coach during the winter.

He added: “Obviously I’m delighted with the start we’ve made. Winning by 10 wickets is superb but we need to keep our feet on the ground, it’s just one game.

“As a unit, I was very satisfied with our performance. Our bowlers got early wickets in both innings which opened things up for us and then the wickets were shared around.

“We got runs at the top of the order to put us in a good position and importantly, got runs lower down, putting on 87 runs for the last three wickets which gave us a decent lead on first innings. So there were many positives, but as I say, we’ll not be getting carried away.

“I would like to mention our groundsmen. Stuart Kerrison and his team produced an excellent cricket wicket for us, so huge credit to them.”

Despite the margin of that victory, Silverwood admits there is no room for complacency.

“There are areas of our game that we need to improve upon if we are to achieve our aim of winning promotion,” he added.

“Now we have a tough game with Sussex where we’ll need to ensure we keep doing the basics right throughout the game to ensure that we come away with a decent result.

“Sussex were pre-season favourites to gain the one promotion spot but we genuinely fancy our chances, so it should be an interesting match.

“As Tendo and Cooky both said after the win over Gloucestershire, the game with Sussex should give us a good marker of where we are at.”

Essex: Ryan ten Doeschate (captain); Alastair Cook; Nick Browne; Tom Westley; Ravi Bopara; Dan Lawrence; Jesse Ryder; James Foster; Graham Napier; Jamie Porter; Matt Dixon; Ashar Zaidi; Matt Quinn.

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