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Mahela Jayawardene leads a drill in England training

Pakistan v England 2015-16

England hope for Jayawardene edge

James Taylor has described Mahela Jayawardene's knowledge as "invaluable" as England prepare to put up a better fight in the UAE

Cover of <i>Long Shot Summer</i>

Long Shot Summer

The year of four England captains

A look back at 1988, which is up there in the ranks of England cricket's most shambolic periods

Haseeb Hameed made his first-class debut for Lancashire

Essex v Lancashire, LV= Championship, Division Two, Chelmsford, 3rd day

Anderson, Hameed shine on murky day

James Anderson recorded his best Lancashire figures and Haseeb Hameed struck fifty but further rain disrupted their pursuit of the Division Two title

Jesse Ryder's six drew the scores level

Essex v Lancashire, LV= Championship, Division Two, Chelmsford, 2nd day

Anderson trumps Cook in England duel

Jesse Ryder scored a breezy hundred, Ravi Bopara made a rather more steadfast 99 but James Anderson's four-for ensured that Lancashire remain in with a sniff of conjuring the victory required if they are to overtake Surrey

General view of the County Ground

Essex v Lancashire, LV= Championship, Division Two, Chelmsford, 1st day

Essex will not rush in hunt for new coach

The successor to Paul Grayson will be asked to secure promotion to Division One of the Championship, says Derek Bowden, the chief executive

Yorkshire flavour: Adam Lyth, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root give the triple thumbs up

A Yorkshire fantasy

Two successive Championships and a strong White Rose flavour to the national side and already they are wondering in the Broad Acres whether Yorkshire would beat England

Michael Klinger and his team celebrate winning the title

Royal London Cup final

'Could be start of something special' - Klinger

Michael Klinger described Gloucestershire's Royal London Cup win as "fantastic for the whole club" and said it was something for them to build on

Jade Dernbach removed Michael Klinger for a duck in the first over

Gloucestershire v Surrey, Royal London Cup final, Lord's

Gloucestershire triumph despite Dernbach six-for

Gloucestershire claimed their first limited-overs trophy in more than a decade after tightening like a vice during the last third of Surrey's innings to suffocate the run chase and triumph in a thrilling finish

Andrew Gale fell two runs short of a century

Hampshire v Yorkshire, LV= Championship, Division One, Ageas Bowl, 4th day

Gale blows, Hampshire down?

It was Yorkshire who faced criticism if their decision to collude with Hampshire and engineer a run-chase ended up having a decisive effect on the relegation battle. It was Gale who absolved all, his third hundred of the season setting up a five-wicket vi