George Dobell

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

Joe Root prepares to flay the ball

World Cup 2015

Root struggles to paint healthy picture

To hear Joe Root talk the day after England's latest defea you would have thought they had experienced one bad day. Root suggested it was "not fair" to conclude from recent results that a chasm exists between England and the best ODIs sides. But it is not

James Anderson struck early to remove Calum MacLeod for 4

England v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2015, Group A, Wellington

Anderson struggle typifies England's flat attack

After another blunt display, James Anderson's form at this World Cup is becoming a significant problem for England

England trudge off the field after losing by nine wickets

Eng v SL, Group A, Wellington

England fail to get the 'simple things' right

England captain Eoin Morgan laid the blame for his team's nine-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka squarely at the feet of the side's performance in the field

Joe Root soaks in the cheers after getting to a century

England v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2015, Group A, Wellington

Four bowlers in two overs

Plays of the day from the Group A match between England and Sri Lanka in Wellington

Rory Hamilton-Brown reverse sweeps

County news

Injury forces Hamilton-Brown retirement

Sussex batsman Rory Hamilton-Brown has unexpectedly been forced to retire at the age of 27 due to injury

A dejected Eoin Morgan reflects on England's defeat

World Cup 2015: England

England's battle against the system

Over-coached, over-analysed, overwrought and, very often, over all too soon. The enormity of the entire cricketing structure in England and Wales is the burden these young men must carry. If they succeed, it is despite of it

Richie Berrington looks in dejection as Hamid Hassan and Shapoor Zadran celebrate

Afghanistan v Scotland, World Cup 2015, Group A, Dunedin

Scotland's long wait goes on

The pain of this defeat will haunt Scotland all the more with their future participation at World Cups under threat

Paul Horton disagreed with his caught behind decision

County news

Major overhaul afoot in county game

English cricket is undergoing another major review: four-day Tests, an ambitious T20 tournament with England players, floodlit three-day Championship cricket - just about anything is possible

Nathan Lyon bowls to Kyle Abbott with plenty of catchers

ICC news

ECB moots four-day Tests, 40-over World Cup

Test cricket could be reduced to four days, and the next World Cup curtailed to just 40 overs a side if wide-ranging discussions between the chairmen of the English counties and the ECB become firm proposals, and are ultimately adopted by the ICC

Moeen Ali's century was only the second by an England batsman in ODIs in New Zealand

World Cup 2015: England

Moeen shrugs off England negativity

Moeen Ali believes it was his ability to shut out the background noise and negativity that led to his return to form in Christchurch