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Essex sign New Zealand paceman Milne for T20 campaign

Adam Milne will join Essex in June. Credit: PA

Essex have signed New Zealand bowler Adam Milne for the second half of T20 Blast Group Stage campaign.

The 23-year-old has played 14 T20 internationals for his country and is known for his pace.

He will join up with the Eagles in June and will feature in seven games in total.

"I'm extremely excited to have the opportunity to join Essex and help contribute to a successful Natwest T20 Blast.

Essex is a club with such a fantastic history and I look forward to wearing the Eagles logo with pride and making an impact to help bring the T20 Blast silverware to Chelmsford."

– Adam Milne, Essex Eagles

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Essex star Bopara pens new two-year deal

Ravi Bopara has agreed a new two-year deal. Credit: PA

Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara has signed a new two-year deal with the county.

The England international has agreed a contract that will run until the end of the 2017 season.

Bopara made his debut for Essex way back in 2002.

“I am happy to have signed a new contract. The club is making some changes with Ronnie (Irani) on board. I’ve played a lot under Ronnie, I know him very well, and I’m trusting him to get things the way we all want here at Essex.

We’re a team that should be competing and performing at a higher level than we are. I think we can achieve that with a couple of new signings and I’m confident that the club will get that right.”

– Ravi Bopara, Essex

Ryan ten Doeschate extends stay with Essex

Ryan ten Doeschate Credit: PA

Ryan ten Doeschate has extended his stay with Essex County Cricket Club.

The limited overs captain will stay with the county until 2017. During his stay at the ECG he's led the side to four consecutive quarter finals.

"I am delighted to be staying at this wonderful club. Essex gave me my chance in County Cricket, and I want more than anything to keep repaying them for their faith with a trophy and promotion.

We’ve underachieved as a group this year and we will be working even harder to improve next year.”

– Ryan ten Doeschate

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Essex star Topley handed first England senior call-up

Reece Topley has been called up for the first time. Credit: PA

Essex bowler Reece Topley has been handed his first senior international call-up.

The 21-year-old has been named in England's T20 squad to take on New Zealand next week.

He's one of five uncapped players picked by the selectors for the one-off game at Old Trafford on June 23.

Northamptonshire all-rounder David Willey has also been given the nod for the first time in the shortest form of the game.

David Willey in action for England's ODI team. Credit: PA

"This match against New Zealand allows us another opportunity to look at players relatively new to international cricket as we look to build a squad for the World T20 in India this winter.

The squad is made up of players who have demonstrated their ability in domestic cricket and fully deserve a chance to continue their progress against a very good New Zealand side.

We have already seen our limited overs cricket begin to move in the right direction which is exciting but we are all aware that we have plenty more to do if we are going to challenge the very best sides in the world on a regular basis.”

– James Whitaker, National Selector

England T20 squad to face New Zealand:

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), Reece Topley (Essex), James Vince (Hampshire), David Willey (Northamptonshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

Picture: Record-breaking Cook signs autographs ahead of Bopara benefit match

Alastair Cook arrives at the County Ground. Credit: ITV News Anglia

England's new leading test run scorer Alastair Cook has been signing autographs ahead of taking part in a star-studded benefit match for his Essex teammate Ravi Bopara tonight.

The match will see Essex Eagles take on Ravi’s All Stars who will be led by Sri Lankan superstar Kumar Sangakkara.

Ravi Bopara has been at Essex since 2002. Credit: PA

Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi and Mahela Jayawardene will also feature at the County Ground, with the proceeds going towards five charities.

Bopara made his debut for Essex in 2002, and has played for the county ever since.

Essex cricketer Jesse Ryder talks to ITV News Anglia

England's busy summer of test cricket gets underway on Thursday. Alastair Cook's side will do battle for the Ashes with Australia in July.

Before that though, a two test series with New Zealand. Keeping a close eye on how the Kiwis get on will be Essex overseas player Jesse Ryder.

Ryder is a player who's had his fair share of dramas on and off the field.

ITV News Anglia's Sports Correspondent Donovan Blake has been to meet him and you can see his report by clicking below

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