McGrath Looking Forward To Pre-Season Trip


Essex are heading out to Abu Dhabi for 11 days of pre-season training in just over three weeks time, with Anthony McGrath’s side set to take on both Worcestershire and Somerset whilst out in the UAE.

50-over matches against both of the sides have been arranged, whilst Essex will also play Worcestershire again in a two-day game later on in the trip, and Head Coach Anthony McGrath believes this is the perfect preparation ahead of the 2019 campaign.

Speaking to the Essex Cricket website, Anthony McGrath said: “Pre-season is always a really exciting and motivating time and this year it’s no different.

“We have 50-over and two-day games lined up against strong opposition in Worcestershire and Somerset, so that will be a good test for the boys and a chance to gel with one another after the winter break.

“Some of the lads have been away since October of last year, so as well as training and preparing for the season itself, it’s a great chance for everyone to catch up and raise the team spirit levels.

“It’s not all socialising though, along with the matches we have some really intense warm weather training programmes lined up and the players will certainly be put through their paces.

“Ultimately, the work we do between now and early April will lay the foundations for what everyone at the Club hopes is going to be another very successful season.”