County Championship 2021, Group 1: WAS vs ESS Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing 11, Pitch Report and Injury

Tim Bresnan played a good knock under pressure in the run-chase against Nottinghamshire.

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Warwickshire started this year’s County Championship journey with a draw against Derbyshire, but they managed to take a 1st innings lead, which can prove to be valuable later in the season. In their 2nd game, they defeated the mighty Nottinghamshire by chasing the target of 333 runs with 3 wickets in hand.

Essex are coming back from an impressive win in their 2nd game against Durham by 44 runs. Prior to that, they drew their 1st match against Worcestershire, but took the lead in the 1st innings by 15 runs. Both the teams share an equal of 32 points and it will be interesting who will come out on top.

Match Details:

Warwickshire vs Essex, Group 1

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Date &Time: April 22nd-April 25th at 3:30 PM IST and 11:00 AM local time

Live Streaming: ECB website and mobile app

Pitch Report:

The surface here in Edgbaston will assist the batsmen. Having said that, we can expect a lot of swing and seam movement as well. Batting first will be a good choice.

Probable Playing XIs for WAS vs ESS:


Will Rhodes (c), Robert Yates, Henry Brookes / Craig Miles, Sam Hain, Hanuma Vihari, Matthew Lamb, Michael Burgess (wk), Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Olly Stone, Olivier Hannon-Dalby


Nick Browne, Alaistair Cook, Tom Westley (c), Daniel Lawrence, Paul Walter, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater (wk), Simon Harmer, Ben Allison, Samuel Cook, James Porter/ Peter Siddle

Top Picks for WAS vs ESS Dream11 Match:

Top Picks Warwickshire

Tim Bresnan played a good knock under pressure in the run-chase against Nottinghamshire, scoring an unbeaten knock of 68*, which helped him to win the match for his team. Overall in this championship, he has scored 115 runs in 3 innings and scalped 3 wickets.

Sam Hain has scored 2 half-centuries in 2 innings against Nottinghamshire, scoring 72 and 57 in the first and second innings respectively. Overall in his first-class career, he has scored 4186 runs at an average of 36.08.

Top Picks ­Essex

International signing Simon Harmer was exceptional in the last game against Durham picking up two five-wicket hauls in both innings. In 2 matches so far in this Championship, he has picked up 13 wickets.

Essex skipper Tom Westley scored 213 runs in the first game against Worcestershire, which helped his side to put up a good score on the board. In 4 innings so far, he has scored 263 runs at an average of 87.66.

WAS vs ESS Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Player Statistics (last 2 matches) Dream11 Points (last 3 matches of the previous season)
Tim Bresnan 115 runs and 3 wickets No information
Sam Hain 143 runs 61.5, 12.5, 75.5
Simon Harmer 13 wickets 64, 154, 148
Tom Westley 263 runs 70, 25, 24
Alastair Cook 45 runs 278, 44, 90

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for WAS vs ESS Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Michael Burgess, Alaistair Cook, Tom Westley (c), Sam Hain (vc), Daniel Lawrence, Tim Bresnan, Simon Harmer, Will Rhodes, Olivier Hannon-Dalby, Olly Stone, Samuel Cook

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for WAS vs ESS Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Adam Wheater, Hanuma Vihari, Tom Westley, Sam Hain, Daniel Lawrence (c), Matthew Lamb, Tim Bresnan (vc), Simon Harmer, Peter Siddle, Danny Briggs, Samuel Cook

WAS vs ESS Risky Captaincy Choices:

Hanuma Vihari managed to score only 8 runs in the last match, but his abilities are known to all. He can be a risky captaincy choice.

Samuel Cook has already taken 10 wickets in 2 matches with the best figures of 4 for 100 in an innings and has also scored 54 runs with the bat. He is definitely worth taking a risk for the captaincy slot.

Player you should avoid:

Opener Nick Browne is not looking in good touch at the moment and has managed to score only 37 runs in the last 4 innings for Essex. Considering his current form, you can avoid while making your Dream11 fantasy teams.

Note: Updated Fantasy teams and Playing XIs of every match will be provided in our Telegram channel if the information is available.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.