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The Guardian's writers pick their most memorable moments from an English summer season which included a thrilling draw and loss to Sri Lanka, a short-ball collapse to India at Lord's, a baptism of fire for the captain Alastair Cook, and a remarkable revival culminating in a 3-1 series win at The Oval.
In the minutes after the humbling defeat to India at Lord's, waiting for the post-match interviews to see if Alastair Cook would announce his decision to surrender the captaincy - as so many were demanding at the time - news broke that England's captain had retired from all internationals with immediate effect. It seems an odd moment for Steven Gerrard to have chosen.
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