Essex v Australia
Essex take on Australia in a 50-overs day/night match at The Ford County Ground on Tuesday starting at 2.00pm.
Such has been the interest that the match has been sold-out for some weeks.
England one-day captain Alastair Cook is included in the Essex side together with Ravi Bopara as the duo take the opportunity of a preview look at the tourists ahead of the five match one-day series between England and Australia that commences on Friday.
Essex Head Coach Paul Grayson admits that his squad are relishing the chance to come face-to-face with the country’s oldest adversaries. “It’s a great opportunity for the lads to play against Australia, it’s not often that you get that chance and especially at Chelmsford in a floodlit game,” he said.
“It’s a great chance for our squad to show everyone what good cricketers they are. The Aussies will want to be at their best because they are about to start their one-day series against England.
“We know that it will be a tough game, they’ll be fully at it on Tuesday like we will because we want to put in a big performance. I’m sure that the Essex support will come out and get behind us and I can guarantee everyone that we won’t be taking this game easy.
“In the past, I know that some second team players have been selected in some of the tourists’ matches but all our lads are desperate to play and play against some top players.”
Essex team to face Australia:
James Foster (captain/wicket-keeper) (7)
Mark Pettini (24)
Alastair Cook (26)
Ravi Bopara (25)
Tom Westley (21)
Greg Smith (83)
Ryan ten Doeschate (27)
Graham Napier (17)
Tim Phillips (23)
Tymal Mills (5)
Reece Topley (6)