Graeme Swann and Graham Onions shared nine wickets to propel England to a 228-run victory against Essex.
Pictures from the tour match at Chelmsford.
Jonathan Trott believes England made the best of a "lose-lose" situation in the Ashes warm-up against Essex.
Ravi Bopara says England look in good shape ahead of The Ashes after their test match against his side Essex.
Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott were in the runs as England's match against Essex was stripped of first-class status.
Tim Bresnan completed a ton as England made strides towards victory over Essex on day two of their Ashes warm-up match.
Unbeaten stand of 116 between Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan ensured England finished day one of their match against Essex on top.
Graham Gooch says the England batsmen must perform better in the Ashes than they have managed in their warm-up match.
Pictures from the Ashes warm-up fixture at Chelmsford.
Bob Willis gives his verdict on day one of the LV challenge match between England and Essex.
Tim Bresnan boosted his hopes of Ashes selection by racking up the runs against Essex, says Bob Willis.
Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann hit half-centuries as England reached 328-7 on the first day against Essex at Chelmsford.
Messrs Pietersen, Flintoff and Kallis will be on show over the first few days of the Big Bash.