Rumours link Hampshire captain Cork with move to Essex

Much discussion during the Colchester festival in the past few days has surrounded suggestions that former England bowler and current Hampshire captain Dominic Cork could be heading to Essex.

The county were remaining tight-lipped concerning rumours about the 40 year-old, however, and officials refused to be drawn on the subject although one did say: “We are always interested in any player who would bring something extra to our squad.”

Speculation started a week after James Foster had been rumoured to be heading in the opposite direction, and just before the Essex captain and wicketkeeper announced he had accepted a three-year contract to remain with his native county.

Meanwhile, it is understood that Essex have given permission for paceman Chris Wright to speak to other counties about a move, with both Warwickshire and Kent believed to have already spoken to the player about a contract for 2012.

His departure, should it happen, would come as no real surprise with Essex so well-served in the seam department. Heading the attack is the evergreen David Masters, the country’s leading wicket-taker, and they also have the experienced Graham Napier, Ryan ten Doeschate plus Ravi Bopara when available and younger talents in Maurice Chambers, Tymal Mills and Reece Topley.

Additionally, Essex have been linked recently with a move for Derbyshire all-rounder Greg Smith – while the pace department would be strengthened even further if those rumours regarding Cork’s arrival in 2012 prove true.

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