Jon Hotten

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Middlesex's players mob Toby Roland-Jones after sealing victory in the County Championship

The discreet charm of the County Championship

The competition retains a certain purity precisely because it is unfashionable and anachronistic, and is not loaded down by the requirements of television and sponsors

On a roll: Eoin Morgan has overseen a successful white-ball summer

Morgan's problem

He has been a galvanising, socialising force in England's limited-overs cricket, but does not enjoy the support that Alastair Cook does

What good are Test rankings?

They don't really provide narrative shape to the uncoordinated mess that is the FTP, but they can occasionally provide a compelling story - as they did this week

Jason Roy walks back after his century

England's batting future is here

The likes of Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Ben Duckett and Daniel Bell-Drummond will fill grounds and keep the game alive for the next generation of fans

James Vince kept his side ticking

The hinterland of 40

At Lord's we saw three in-between scores of the sort that are as likely to annoy the selectors as excite them

Richie Benaud rehearses at the Channel 7 studio in Sydney ahead of the match between Western Australia and the MCC in Perth

Three men in a box

Just as the game has changed, so has the way it is talked about

Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle celebrate the latter's fifty with the champion dance

Gayle's problem

The acknowledgement he craves as a cricketer has become more distant for him, and he only has himself to blame for it

A fan asks for a ticket

Give us box-set Test cricket, please

Fewer series may help give the format a more meaningful narrative and make it as immersive an experience as the IPL season just past