Essex are ready to give Australia's cricketers the best possible work out ahead of their forthcoming one-day international series with England.
The Tourists visit the Ford County Ground in Chelmsford today (June 26) for their latest warm-up match before the 1st ODI at Lord's three days later (June 29).
And the world's number 1 ranked team in 50 overs international cricket should face England's ODI captain Alastair Cook and teammate Ravi Bopara. Both have been released to play in the day-night match.
Speaking ahead of the game, Essex 1st team coach Paul Grayson said 'I believe the game is sold out. We'll be putting our strongest side out as well to give the Aussies a good game.
'It's always great to play the tourists, especially Australia. We're expecting a full house that day and it should be a great occasion'.
Cook reckons the series with Australia will be a significant measure of England's progress in one-day internationals, a view shared by National cricket selector Geoff Miller.
'The series win against West Indies was pleasing, and we are making steady progress in one-day cricket with a sixth straight series victory on home soil', said Miller after the England squad for the series was announced.
'Australia are a strong one-day side and i've no doubt this will be a challenging NatWest series for us.
'We will need to play some very good cricket over the next three weeks'.