While Essex star Alastair Cook fights for test form as England cricket captain, there's pressure of a different kind for his county club.
Essex's Colchester Festival starts today at Castle Park.
First up is the NatWest T20 Blast contest against Kent. Essex are bidding to secure a home quarter final by finishing in the top two in the South Group.
Then they host Hampshire in Division Two of the LV= County Championship, starting Sunday.
Producing good cricket wickets for the five days is the challenge for Essex head groundsman Stuart Kerrison and his team.