CM – Essex manager McGrath remains level-headed after the Warwickshire defeat


Sam Cook in bowling action for Essex during the Warwickshire CCC v Essex CCC, Group 1 cricket of the LV Insurance County Championship at Edgbaston Stadium on April 25, 2021
– Photo credit: Gavin Ellis / TGS Photo

One of the many impressive qualities Anthony McGrath possesses is the ability to remain level-headed and focused regardless of the outcome of Essex’s successes on the field.

So it was no surprise that her head coach was philosophical stayed after seeing his side lose to Warwickshire earlier this week – their first loss in 22 County Championship and Bob Willis Trophy games – despite the presence of world-class bowlers Simon Harmer and Peter Siddle in the side / p>

Peter Siddle in bowling action for Essex during the Warwickshire CCC v Essex CCC, LV Insurance County Championship Group 1 cricket at Edgbaston Stadium on April 25, 2021
– Photo credit: Gavin Ellis / TGS Photo

« It was a tremendous series of results, and obviously the run had to come to an end at some point, » he said.

« The group was very upset and got lost in the locker room afterwards. We’re not used to Losing red ball cricket matches. « 

It was three seasons ago when Essex last suffered defeat when they were badly beaten by Hampshire in Southampton in their first game of the 2019 season – but the reaction was instant and effective as they clinched the County Championship title for a second time in three games at the end of that campaign. « 

 » It was a wonderful run and now we have to start another series of positive performances. Yes, it was disappointing to lose in Warwickshire – and fair play for them because they played well and chasing 250 against our attack was an outstanding achievement.

“We were disappointed with our second innings performance when we were 36 to 5, but we don’t want to get into things, we can’t get knocked down, we need to dust ourselves off and look ahead and hopefully get another decent run of form.

« The Players have been fantastic in recent years, they have fought, fought and made their way through and have been an honor for themselves and the club. « 

 » Yes, the Warwickshire loss hurt our pride, as I said. We’re not used to losing in red ball cricket, but the challenge now is to get back on our feet quickly and start another long, unbeaten run in best cricket. « 

To underline the goodness of the Edgbaston course on the final day, neither the overseas stars, the formidable spinner Harmer nor the Australian test Paceman Siddle were able to take a wicket in the Warwickshire second innings, despite being 32 and 32 respectively .14 ​​overs lost.

Siddle, who appeared in 67 tests for the Baggy Green Caps and scored 221 wickets, has two short spells with Essex, who played 7 games in 2018, and another 8 the following year of the Sheffield Shield competition in his home country, the 36-year-old is now back at Essex.

« Yes, it’s good to be back in England with this beautiful, windy April weather, » he laughed. « No, seriously , it’s great to be back with the boys and the plan is for me to be.

I’m here for the rest of the season now and I hope I can do my part to keep the club going bring. “

Essex will face Worcestershire in the County Championship at New Road starting Thursday, hoping to get back on the winning track and start another impressive run of results.

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