George Dobell

Senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

David Willey produced a telling opening spell

Northamptonshire v Birmingham, NatWest T20 Blast semi-final, Edgbaston

Willey the inspiration as Northants reach final

David Willey inspired Northamptonshire with an opening burst of three wickets as they swept past the defending champions and into the final

Rikki Clarke made 46 and then followed up with 1 for 10 from four overs

NatWest T20 Blast, Finals Day

Familiar foes, and a wildcard

ESPNcricinfo analyses the stengths of the contenders on Finals Day, where three of the last four from 2014 are joined by the 2013 champions

Playing with fire: James Vince and Michael Carberry walk out through the flames

NatWest T20 Blast, Finals Day

Blast a casualty as ECB wages T20 war

Despite the rising attendance figures it seems there are those high up at the ECB who do not want the Blast to succeed

David Richardson speaks at the ICC Annual Conference

County news

ICC's Richardson on Warwickshire shortlist

David Richardson, chief executive of the ICC, and the former England one-day coach Ashley Giles have been identified as potential candidates for the role of chief executive at Warwickshire

Time for the spin twins? Adil Rashid is an option to play alongside Moeen Ali at The Oval

England news

Spin conundrum tops Bayliss' list

Trevor Bayliss has admitted England will need to adapt and improve if they are to win in the UAE

Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler celebrate England's Ashes success at The Oval

England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 4th day

A summer of impressive progress

There is talent and spirit in this England side, though it is far from the finished article. For now, they should enjoy the champagne while it's still cold.

Jonny Bairstow meekly inside-edged Nathan Lyon to short leg

England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 3rd day

England must confront old spin concerns

The Ashes are regained, but England have been horribly poor at The Oval not least in their playing of Nathan Lyon which does not bode well for challenges ahead

Jos Buttler played a loose shot to be bowled by Nathan Lyon

England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 2nd day

Woeful batsmen poop England's party

England's frail batting and over-reliance on Joe Root will have been watched with interest by their next opponents, Pakistan and South Africa

Andrew Strauss and Tom Harrison meet the media

England news

County Championship likely to be cut to 14 matches

Tom Harrison, the ECB chief executive, has admitted for the first time that the ECB wants to trim the Championship programme to rase standards and make more breathing space for a rejigged fixture list