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Phil Walker

The 1979 Essex County Championship squad

Essex's ebullient '80s

From loveable pushovers to strutting county titans, Essex's self-made story through the '80s chimed perfectly with the times

Phil Walker

A general view of Essex's County Ground

The academy of cricket

Essex county have produced several England captains and batting giants, but they don't have silverware of their own to brag about and they'd like to change that

Cricinfo XI

'Is the microphone live?'

Dean Jones's recent on-air gaffe about Hashim Amla was not the first time a player or commentator has said something on-air they have instantly regretted, and nor will it be the last

Ashes to Ashes - The Rise, Fall and Rise of English Cricket

Melancholic memories

John Stern reviews Keith Fletcher's book Ashes to Ashes - The Rise, Fall and Rise of English Cricket

April 1982

Sri Lanka come of age

David Frith, the WCM editor, travelled to Sri Lanka to watch their inaugural Test against England in February 1982