George Dobell

Senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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

Heavy baggage? Alastair Cook carries his kit

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

'No ultimatum' on Pietersen - Cook

Alastair Cook has denied making any ultimatum over the possible England recall of Kevin Pietersen, but admitted he agreed to the decision not to include him in the team's plans for the summer

If you didn't laugh... Alastair Cook and Paul Farbrace share a joke

New Zealand in England 2015

Buttler praises Strauss 'clarity' but results the key

A series win against New Zealand would see England back to a respectable No. 3 in the Test rankings. A series defeat would see them slip to a desolate No.7. Hysteria could lurk, either way

A good crowd enjoyed the south-coast sunshine

England news

ECB plans to cut Championship games

The County Championship looks set to be curtailed so that more emphasis can be placed on the limited-overs game with the ECB having agreed in principle to cut the number of games played by each team a season

Matt Henry took the last three wickets to secure victory

Worcestershire v New Zealanders, Tour match, New Road, 4th day

Worcestershire collapse hands NZ memorable win

Worcestershire lost their last six wickets for 22 runs as New Zealand completed their preparations for the Test series with a second warm-up win