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Who should England pick for the Ashes?

Sep 21, 2017: It is a task both easy and difficult. The unusual problem is that the difficult part is to do with key positions in the order

Mark Nicholas

England in Australia 2017-18

Ashes batting concerns leave England under-prepared for 'greatest challenge' - Strauss

Sep 20, 2017: Holes in England's batting leave Joe Root facing "the biggest challenge an England captain will ever have" in attempting to win the Ashes in Australia

George Dobell

West Indies in England 2017

Windies dot matrix struggles to keep up with the times

Sep 20, 2017: West Indies' failure to turn dot-balls into singles is a fundamental reason why they are struggling to stay competitive in 50-over cricket

Andrew McGlashan

West Indies in England 2017

Root relieved to make amends for Gayle drop

Sep 20, 2017: Joe Root was grateful for the chance to redeem himself in spectacular style to prevent the West Indies opener from doing too much damage

Andrew McGlashan

England v West Indies, 1st ODI, Old Trafford

Bairstow slips into opener's role with maiden ODI hundred

Sep 19, 2017: Jonny Bairstow made his chance at the top of England's order count with his maiden ODI hundred, but a slip on 99 nearly cost him the landmark

Andrew McGlashan

England v West Indies, 1st ODI, Old Trafford

Sri Lanka secure World Cup berth after Windies defeat

Sep 19, 2017: It has looked likely for quite some time, but defeat at Old Trafford confirmed that West Indies will have to progress through next year's qualifying tournament to reach the 2019 World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

England v West Indies, 1st ODI, Old Trafford

Bairstow's maiden century sends WI into World Cup qualifiers

Sep 19, 2017: It has looked likely for quite some time, but defeat at Old Trafford confirmed that West Indies will have to progress through next year's qualifying tournament to reach the 2019 World Cup

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

England news

England won't win Ashes with 'terrible' catching - Bayliss

Sep 10, 2017: England dropped at least 14 chances against West Indies and the head coach also admitted they are no nearer knowing their best top order

George Dobell

England v West Indies, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

The good, the bad, and the ugly of England's series win

Sep 9, 2017: England's series victory over West Indies is a cause for self-congratulation in the short term. But there are several issues that remain to be resolved ahead of the Ashes

George Dobell at Lord's

England v West Indies, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

England can do 'something really special' - Root

Sep 9, 2017: Having overseen back-to-back Test series wins in his first summer in charge - the first time England have beaten both touring sides since 2013 - Joe Root was in understandably upbeat mood

Alan Gardner at Lord's

England v West Indies, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day

Slow-puncture England left feeling flattened

Aug 29, 2017: Rather than the fifth-day surface, it was England who ended up cracking as West Indies' relentless challenge refused to fade

Alan Gardner at Headingley

England v West Indies, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day

'Declaring was the positive approach' - Root

Aug 29, 2017: Joe Root joined a list of captains who've been thwarted after declaring at Headingley, but insisted he would stay positive despite defeat in the second Investec Test

Alan Gardner at Headingley

England v West Indies, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 4th day

Drip by drip, drop by drop, West Indies lose their grip on the Test

Aug 28, 2017: West Indies remodelled their games and rediscovered their pride after a shellacking at Edgbaston. But they've shelled too many catches to stand a chance of victory at Headingley

Jarrod Kimber at Headingley

England v West Indies, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 3rd day

England's haphazard fightback

Aug 27, 2017: The third day ended with England having wiped off a sizeable deficit with plenty of batting to come, but their way back into the match wasn't smooth

Alan Gardner at Headingley

England v West Indies, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 3rd day

Root and Stoneman help even the scales as all-round Holder shines

Aug 27, 2017: The second Test was delicately poised after a oscillating day with West Indies taking a lead of 169 before Mark Stoneman and Joe Root led England's reply

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

England v West Indies, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 1st day

'Not one of our best batting days' - Stokes

Aug 25, 2017: England's top-order plays the same familiar refrain, as West Indies' best day of the series doesn't quite finish with them in command

Alan Gardner at Headingley

England v West Indies, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 1st day

Root equals de Villiers and the Gabriel-Roach double-act

Aug 25, 2017: The key stats from the opening day of the second Test between England and West Indies

Bharath Seervi

England v West Indies, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 1st day

Stokes shares honours with Gabriel, Roach hauls

Aug 25, 2017: West Indies' new-ball bowlers took four wickets apiece as England were bowled out for 258, a total centered around Ben Stokes' sixth Test century

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

England v West Indies, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley

Root still in need of a few answers, but Holder has the biggest problems

Aug 24, 2017: Joe Root will be cheered on by his home crowd at Headingley while for his opposite number the challenge is to make England work harder than last week

Alan Gardner

England v West Indies, 1st Investec Test, Edgbaston, 1st day

Easy pickings for England show how times have changed

Aug 17, 2017: Alastair Cook and Joe Root scored two of their softer hundreds against a West Indies attack low on confidence and quality

George Dobell at Edgbaston
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