Essex’s Jamie Porter: ‘Vernon Philander is unreal … I can be more successful’

The effervescent Essex seamer Jamie Porter has just been named one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year. Not that he was lacking in confidence before that...

“We are only looking at one thing and that is how we win the Championship again,” says Jamie Porter, the effervescent Essex seamer whose side begin their title defence on Friday at the construction site that is Headingley. Freshly crowned one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year, Porter is in no mood to countenance a repeat of the fate that befell Middlesex last season, when they followed up 2016’s triumph with a harrowing (or arrowing?) relegation.

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