Rob Steen

Sports writer and senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton

The England players get together and celebrate their Ashes win

How about state funding for Tests?

Lord Patel's appointment to the ECB could bring the endangered format to the forefront, both financially and otherwise

The Oval general view

Here's looking at The Oval

The occasional Ashes dead rubber notwithstanding, there's something about this south London venue that inspires

Ian Bell made his 22nd Test hundred

Wanted: Ian Bell, sublime artist

Someone who repeatedly has to prove himself despite playing over a hundred Tests, his recent stats do not make for good reading. Here's hoping he has a bit of magic left in him

Alastair Cook will want to be holding the Ashes urn again after the fifth Test

Dear Alastair

The Great British Public bares its soul to the men in the team's Ashes engine room. This week: the captain

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

Dear Andy

The Great British Public bares its soul to the men in the team's Ashes engine room. This week: the director

The Ashes winners adorn the pages in Australian newspapers

Dear Trev

The Great British Public bares its soul to the men with their heads on the block come July 8, starting with England's new coach

Alastair Cook had to battle through the early stages

Cheers to England's leftist leaning

Their distrust of left-hand batsmen goes back centuries, but the current Test squad belies that bias entirely

David Gower flicks behind square on his way to 68

An ode to Gower

Exquisitely flawless, the former England captain was the Rembrandt of batting: all touch, timing and subtle depth; and never better than 30 years ago