David Hopps

UK editor, ESPNcricinfo @davidkhopps

Tom Latham celebrates his instinctive catch to remove Joe Root

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day

New Zealand's deserved reward for keeping faith

There was a heck of a wind at Headingley, but New Zealand refused to be blown off course and despite the setback of losing at Lord's steadfastly stood by their instincts

BJ Watling scores his fifth Test hundred

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 3rd day

Watling's century has its own majesty

While Brendon McCullum and Mike Hesson were both honoured by the Queen, an understated cricketer unlikely to attract royal attention played the considered innings that might well bring New Zealand victory

Jos Buttler watches his edge travel to Ross Taylor

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 3rd day

Volatile Test enthralls and mystifies

It would have been hard to design a more intoxicating and unfathomable Test than that witnessed at Headingley and the upshot after an innings each was 350 runs each and an entirely unpredictable outcome

Adam Lyth soaks up the support of his home crowd

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 2nd day

No place like home for Lyth

Yorkshire loves to celebrate its own and there was the perfect opportunity to cheer England's latest opener to his first Test century as Adam Lyth asserted his right to partner Alastair Cook in the Ashes

First ball? No problem. Brendon McCullum whacks it over cover for six

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 1st day

No backward step as NZ follow their captain's lead

If there was any doubt that New Zealand would keep attacking, their captain's first ball made the answer clear and the spirit of adventure was addictive

Graham Gooch chats with Alastair Cook in the nets

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley

Cook hails hero Gooch as prepares to break record

England turned to Mark Ramprakash after the Ashes whitewash but Alastair Cook kept his long-term mentor Graham Gooch close. Now surpassing Gooch would be the perfect way, individually, to prepare to win back those Ashes

Giles Clarke

England news

Rebel league would damage community of cricket - Clarke

Giles Clarke asserted that rebel leagues must be thwarted at all costs to protect the community of cricket in a speech to mark his stepping down as chairman of the ECB

Joe Root celebrates his century

England news

Root's zeal offers hope and is worth celebrating

Joe Root's love for the game, not for what it brings, is quite a gift after a year of much turmoil within English cricket. Somehow, in this swirl of ill will, he has triumphed

The <i>Courier Mail</i> continue their theme with Stuart Broad

England news

Broad up for the Test - the one-day doubts can wait

Stuart Broad has lost the England T20 captaincy to Eoin Morgan, but his limited-over ambitions remain and he retains the desire to be play in the 2019 World Cup in England

Alex Hales cracked six sixes off consecutive deliveries

Nottinghamshire v Birmingham, NatWest T20 Blast, North Group, Trent Bridge

Hales' sixes dash thrills on opening night

Are you watching Mumbai Indians? Alex Hales is heading your way for the final stages of IPL, his confidence soaring after six successive sixes on the opening night of the NatWest Blast