Alan Gardner

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Jackson Bird appeals unsuccessfully for lbw against Tim Bresnan

Hampshire v Notts, LV= Championship, Division 1, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

Clegg-mania intrudes on Beefy's steakhouse

The fact that Hampshire, and the club's Ageas Bowl ground, remains a key local concern was evidenced by a walk-on part in the general election hoopla on Monday

James Anderson removed Marlon Samuels

West Indies v England, 2nd Test, St George's, 5th day

Anderson inspires England to memorable win

England produced a remarkable victory in the second Test after a seemingly moribund contest was brought to life by the brilliance of James Anderson and the seemingly ineradicable flaws in West Indies' game

Kraigg Brathwaite got his rewards for a day of hard graft

West Indies v England, 2nd Test, St George's, 4th day

Brathwaite ton stiffens West Indies' resolve

An unbeaten hundred from Kraigg Brathwaite was the lodestone of West Indies' second-innings efforts to defy England in Grenada

Joe Root reached his sixth Test hundred, and first away from home

West Indies v England, 2nd Test, St George's, 3rd day

Root hundred puts England in charge

A sixth Test hundred from Joe Root helped England to a position of increasing dominance in Grenada, as they wore down West Indies during an extended day in the field

Stuart Broad enjoyed his removal of Jason Holder

West Indies v England, 2nd Test, St George's, 2nd day

Cook, Trott put seal on improved display

Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott put on England's highest opening stand since Perth in December 2013 as they strove to provide a sound platform in response to West Indies' 299

There was much defence from Marlon Samuels but also moments of attack

West Indies v England, 2nd Test, St George's

England founder on Samuels' defiance

At the end of another day of hot, sweaty toil, West Indies had provided another show of the character that Phil Simmons hopes to instil in this side

Joe Root and Alastair Cook have a feel of the Test surface

West Indies v England, 2nd Test, St George's

Foundations in place, time to build

ESPNcricinfo previews the second Test between West Indies and England

James Anderson took five wickets on Test debut

James Anderson's 100th Test

Prodigious talent to record-breaking attack leader

James Anderson is set to play his 100th Test in Antigua. As he closes in on Ian Botham's England wicket-taking record, ESPNcricinfo looks back at his career

Michael Bates  misses the stumps as he attempts to run out Craig Kieswetter

The lost wicketkeeper

He was one of the most admired young keepers in the country but Michael Bates is currently without a county and hoping for one more chance

Cover of <i>Wisden Cricketers' Almanack</i> 2015

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2015

New wine but gotta lotta bottle

Cricket, and English cricket in particular, has been through turmoil but the 2015 Wisden tackles the crises deftly and with imagination