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Milne to miss Essex T20 Blast campaign due to injury

Adam Milne won't now be joining up with Essex. Credit: PA

New Zealand bowler Adam Milne won't be joining up with Essex for the remainder of their T20 Blast campaign after he picked up an elbow injury.

The 24-year-old was due to play for the Eagles in the tournament this summer but will now undergo surgery instead.

Milne was signed as a replacement for Wahab Riaz who will soon be featuring for Pakistan in their upcoming test series against England.

Essex, who are bottom in the southern group, are now hoping to bring in someone to cover for the loss of Milne.

It is disappointing for ourselves and Adam as we were excited by his arrival. Unfortunately he requires surgery on an elbow injury he picked up previously.

Although it is unfortunate he can’t join us we have a list of replacements that we are working hard to bring in. Hopefully we can treat the fans to an exciting arrival in the coming weeks.

– Chris Silverwood, Essex Head Coach

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Cook forced to wait in bid to reach 10,000 Test runs

Alastair Cook is still 20 runs behind the record. Credit: PA

Essex batsman Alastair Cook will have to wait in his bid to become the youngest player to score 10,000 Test runs.

The England captain needed another 36 runs to reach the milestone in the First Test against Sri Lanka but he was dismissed for 16 at Headingley.

It means he's still 20 runs behind Sachin Tendulkar's record.

England are currently 51-3.

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Cook signs new contract with Essex

Alastair Cook. Credit: PA

Essex and England opening batsman, Alastair Cook has signed a new two-year contract with the Club.

Cook, 31, has played 79 First-Class matches since making his debut in 2003 and has been an instrumental part of the team during the start of the 2016 season.

Cook played in Essex’s first four matches against Gloucestershire, Sussex, Northamptonshire and Worcestershire, hitting a total of 523 runs.

The England Captain has hit three centuries in 2016.

It’s great to sign with Essex for another couple of years and I believe there are exciting times ahead for the Club under the new Head Coach. I’ve been at Essex for all of my career, since making my debut in 2003 and I hope to continue playing here for as long as possible.

– Alastair Cook

Northants hoping Panesar can help them kick on

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake

The domestic season officially starts this weekend, and although the weather's certainly taken a turn for the worst in the last few days it won't stop Northamptonshire from donning their whites for their opening game in this year's County Championship.

First up for Northants is a home match against Sussex and there could be a second debut for a familiar face in the shape of former England spinner Monty Panesar.

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