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Virtual Cricket: County Championship Fantasy Cricket Tips and Match Predictions - Essex v Yorkshire

Dawid Malan should be opening up for his new county Yorkshire
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The round two of the Virtual County Championship between Essex and Yorkshire is being held by Cricket World and Dice Cricket to help the fans stay tuned to cricketing action from the comforts of their home amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

Essex are entering the virtual County Championship 2020 season with bigger hopes, having won both the championship and the T20 Blast last year. The county drew its last game against Somerset on the back of a win by an innings and 40 runs against Surrey to seal the title.

They will be up against Yorkshire, who finished at the 5th place in the table last year with five wins and four losses from 14 games.

With a difference of around 60 points between Yorkshire and Essex in the last season, it will be a big task for the latter to come out victorious. However, they will be buoyed with the inclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin, who took 34 wickets from just 5 matches last year, and will ask a few tough questions of the Essex batsmen.

Nick Browne and Alastair Cook, who was their top run-scorer last year with 913 runs from 14 matches at an average of 44.5, will continue to open the batting for Essex. Tom Westley, who generally comes out to bat at one drop, was also in fine nick last year with 794 runs and will be a vital cog for the team.

With the ball, the onus would be on Simon Harmer who set up the Championship on fire last year and was also named among the Wisden's cricketers of 2019 as he topped the wicket charts with 83 wickets at an impressive average of 18.2, including as many as 10 5-wicket hauls. He will be assisted by Jamie Porter who also had a brilliant average of 25.70 last year.

Yorkshire have no dearth of batting talent with Adam Lyth, Dawid Malan, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Tom Kohler Cadmore as their top 6. While Ballance and Cadmore were among the top 10 run scorers last year, they will also have the international nous of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow this time around.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

Yorkshire - Adam Lyth, Dawid Malan, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Kohler Cadmore, Tim Bresnan, Matthew Waite, Steven Patterson, Ben Coad, Ravichandran Ashwin

Essex - Nick Browne, Sir Alastair Cook, Tom Westley, Daniel Lawrence, Michael Pepper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Simon Harmer, Jamie Porter, Sam Cook, Peter Siddle, Adam Wheater


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Yorkshire

Who will win? – Essex

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Sir Alastair Cook (Essex), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Simon Harmer (Essex), Ravichandran Ashwin (Yorkshire)

Most Sixes – Sir Alastair Cook (Essex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Man of the Match –  Sir Alastair Cook

Team Scores Batting first – Essex 350+, Yorkshire 300+

 Match Handicap Essex

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