George Dobell

Senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

Lasith Malinga bowls at the nets as coach Trevor Bayliss looks on

England news

Bayliss and Farbrace have unbreakable bond

Trevor Bayliss' appointment by England will reunite a coaching unit whose bond was strengthened through one of the darkest moments in modern sport

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day

An England performance to turn the disenfranchised

Instead of determination, we had destruction. Instead of patience, we had passion. And instead of percentage cricket we had bull's-eyes and jackpots

Alastair Cook takes the applause for a battling century

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Cook the leader outweighs Cook the captain

Alastair Cook will never be a great orator or tactician. He will never rouse with a speech and rarely surprise with a tactic. Instead he must lead by example. This was the innings of a leader. But it wasn't necessarily the innings of a captain

Kane Williamson moved to his 10th Test hundred

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Growing pains for young England

Look at the scorecard and you would say England struggled on the third day at Lord's. But signs of promise for the future are not far below the surface

Ben Stokes made his first fifty on home soil

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 1st day

Stokes delighted with extra responsibility

Ben Stokes credited the belief the England coaching team have shown in him after thumping a fluent 92 in the first innings of the Investec Test at Lord's

Joe Root played positively to lead a fightback

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 1st day

Promoted Root embodies what England must be

Starting this summer as he did the last - with runs at Lord's - Joe Root once again hauled England out of trouble as part of an uplifting middle-order recovery

Fancy a job? Andrew Strauss chats with England interim coach Paul Farbrace

England news

'New coach will run show' - Strauss

Andrew Strauss has insisted he will allow England's new head coach the "space to do his job" despite having already made some major decisions regarding selection and tactics

Tymal Mills went wicketless in his first 16 overs

County news

Mills may have to quit first-class cricket

Tymal Mills could be forced to retire from first-class cricket after being diagnosed with a congenital back condition

Heavy baggage? Alastair Cook carries his kit

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's

Cook and Farbrace face a high-stakes series

A captain under immense pressure, a coach potentially pushing a claim for the full-time job. There is much at stake for England at the beginning of their Test summer, but at least the cricket is about to start