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.