Originally Posted by Burgey
Irrespective of how seriously established players take county cricket, it used to be a great way for up and coming Australian players to round out their education, by playing in conditions where the ball swings and seams a lot.
I recall Steve Waugh going there in the late 80s, Mark Waugh too. Tubby played a year or two in League cricket as well. Even AB played in the mid-late 80s when he was arguably the best player in the world. These days the international caravan seriously inhibits players wanting to play county cricket, while the lure of T20 riches also seems to mean players' priorities lay elsewhere.
The moving ball seems something of an alien concept to a lot of our batsmen these days.
Absolutely, has been a great finishing school for many an Aussie's cricketing education. Mark Waugh and AB made great names for themselves at Essex, and if committments allowed, I'd expect plenty of young Australians would benefit hugely from playing County cricket.