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Derbyshire v Yorkshire, Royal London Cup, Group A, Derby

Ballance makes confidence-boosting runs

Jul 27, 2015: Gary Ballance eased his England disappointment by inspiring Yorkshire to a seven-run Duckworth-Lewis victory over Derbyshire in a rain-affected Royal London Cup game at Derby

ECB/PA

Backward steps costing Ballance

Jul 25, 2015: His habit of moving deep into his crease has challenged right-arm fast bowlers. The same can't be said of the left-armers

Aakash Chopra

The Investec Ashes 2015

Ballance dropped, Bairstow recalled

Jul 21, 2015: Gary Ballance has been dropped for the third Investec Test against Australia with Jonny Bairstow earning a recall in his place

ESPNcricinfo staff

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Ballance most vulnerable after England blown away

Jul 19, 2015: England weren't just beaten, they were blown away. The selectors will not want to show signs of panic but none of the struggling batsmen should be surprised if they are dropped

George Dobell at Lord's

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Ashes Test, Lord's, 2nd day

Top-order trapeze act puts England in peril

Jul 17, 2015: Too often have England been three down for not many and this time Joe Root was unable to provide the safety net

George Dobell at Lord's

Get Root higher up at No. 3

Jul 12, 2015: England should look to make the most of his potential because unlike Gary Ballance, he does not get bogged down against pace or spin

Ian Chappell

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Cardiff

England's evolution faces a litmus test

Jul 7, 2015: What is truth and what is fiction about this England Test side? The next few weeks will show us, but for all the talk of youthful exuberance they will need senior players to lift and a good start is vital

George Dobell in Cardiff

New Zealand in England 2015

Bell, Ballance and Moeen worries ahead of Ashes

Jun 3, 2015: A stunning fightback at Lord's as followed by a performance at Headingley which reminded how much work remains for England, but the captain was back in fine form

George Dobell

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day

England search for elusive ruthlessness

Jun 2, 2015: There are seven young or inexperienced players in this England team. Inconsistency is inevitable. They are going to require patience if they are to fulfil their potential

George Dobell at Headingley

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 4th day

Moeen, catching among England's problems to solve

Jun 1, 2015: ESPNcricinfo looks at the dilemmas facing the England selectors in the coming weeks

George Dobell at Headingley

England in West Indies 2015

Anderson leads yet again but woe for Mo

May 4, 2015: The series against West Indies showed England what they already knew: trouble with a second opener, a paucity of spin options and the importance of James Anderson

George Dobell

West Indies v England, 2nd Test, St George's, 5th day

Fire in the belly ignites on time for England

Apr 26, 2015: England remain outsiders to win back the Ashes, but a rousing overseas victory on a docile pitch on the fifth day showed they are making progress

George Dobell in Grenada

West Indies v England, 2nd Test, St George's, 3rd day

England's new generation build on the old guard

Apr 23, 2015: After a prolonged winter of poor results, England's spring is starting to bloom with a group of young players suggesting qualities for healthy Test careers

George Dobell in Grenada

West Indies v England, 2nd Test, St George's, 3rd day

Root hundred puts England in charge

Apr 23, 2015: A sixth Test hundred from Joe Root helped England to a position of increasing dominance in Grenada, as they wore down West Indies during an extended day in the field

The Report by Alan Gardner

West Indies v England, 1st Test, North Sound, 4th day

England's reliable new Volvo

Apr 16, 2015: Gary Ballance is one of several admirable young members of England's side, and it defies belief that there was talk of his position being in danger

George Dobell at North Sound

West Indies v England, 1st Test, North Sound, 4th day

Ballance hundred sets up victory push

Apr 16, 2015: England toiled hard to extract two of the ten wickets they hunted for victory in the opening Test on a dying surface, gaining a huge lift late in the day courtesy of a breathtaking slip catch from Chris Jordan, after leaving West Indies a target of 438

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

Wisden Cricketers of the Year 2015

Gary Ballance

Apr 8, 2015: Wisden Cricketers' Almanack: Cricketer of the year

Tanya Aldred

England in West Indies 2015

Strong Yorkshire, strong England

Mar 18, 2015: The presence of six Yorkshire players in England's Test squad will be cause for a justified outpouring of pride

David Hopps

New Zealand v England, World Cup 2015, Group A, Wellington

Ballance not a one-day cricketer - Holding

Feb 20, 2015: Michael Holding has questioned whether Gary Ballance's last-minute inclusion at No 3 is the right World Cup call for England after they crashed to a spectacular defeat against New Zealand in Wellington

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia v England, World Cup 2015, Group A, Melbourne

Woakes drop betrays England panic

Feb 14, 2015: England's late change of line-up, batting order and new-ball bowling undermined their recent preparations and seemed to affect the players on the pitch

George Dobell at the MCG
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