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Disappointed Compton takes break from cricket

Jun 23, 2016: Nick Compton's future in first-class cricket is in doubt after it was announced that he will be taking an extended break from the game

George Dobell

Sri Lanka in England 2016

Woakes and Hales make strides

Jun 14, 2016: England continue to have questions over their top order but a few players enhanced their reputations against Sri Lanka

George Dobell

England v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Farbrace calls for more, but England show glimpses of future strength

Jun 11, 2016: England have plenty room for improvement but, despite more notable batting failures, they have options queuing up in their bid to become the world's best

George Dobell at Lord's

England v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Lord's, 3rd day

England in front as bowlers hold sway

Jun 11, 2016: Nearly 10 years have slipped by while Alastair Cook has been a permanent fixture at the top of England's order in home Tests. In his temporary absence at Lord's because of a bruised knee, England had an unnerving vision of the future

The Report by David Hopps

England v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Lord's, 1st day

Prolific Bairstow rescues England again

Jun 9, 2016: Jonny Bairstow, looking more battle-hardened by the month, completed his third Test hundred in eight innings to rouse England from a problematic opening day in the Lord's Test

The Report by David Hopps

England v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Lord's

Lord's factor offers beleaguered Sri Lanka a boost

Jun 8, 2016: ESPNcricinfo previews the third Test between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's

The Preview by Andrew Miller

England v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Lord's

Ramprakash backs Compton to soak up the pressure

Jun 7, 2016: Nick Compton faces a Test appearance on his home ground that will go a long way towards deciding his international future

Andrew McGlashan at Lord's

Sri Lanka in England 2016

Bayliss wants more wicket-taking threat

May 31, 2016: They may have won the Investec Test series with a game to spare, but head coach Trevor Bayliss believes England still have "a long way to go" before they can compete with the best teams in the world

George Dobell

England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street, 1st day

Time running out for nervy Compton

May 27, 2016: Despite insisting that he will continue to play his natural game, Nick Compton's recent dismissals suggest he is trying to be something he is not

George Dobell at Chester-le-Street

England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street, 1st day

Stance and style set England batsmen apart

May 27, 2016: England's top five is dominated by four right-handed batsmen with modern stances but very contrasting styles

Mark Nicholas

Sri Lanka in England 2016

Goalkeeping work helps Bairstow balance

May 22, 2016: Paul Farbrace, England's assistant coach, has hailed Jonny Bairstow for the improvement in his wicketkeeping since the tour of South Africa

George Dobell

Sri Lanka in England 2016

England selectors take calm view to batting questions

May 12, 2016: Despite much debate, England's first Test squad of the season includes minor tweaks rather than any major overhauls which is a prudent outcome

George Dobell

Sri Lanka in England 2016

Vince and Ball earn England Test calls

May 12, 2016: The Hampshire batsman James Vince and Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball have been handed their maiden Test call-ups

Andrew McGlashan

Nottinghamshire v Middlesex, Specsavers Championship Div 1, Lord's, 2nd day

Robson rises while Compton falls

May 9, 2016: Sam Robson continued his impressive early season with a third Championship hundred of the summer, but there was more pain for Nick Compton

Tim Wigmore at Lord's

Sri Lanka in England 2016

Root expected to stay at No. 4

May 6, 2016: Joe Root is set to stay at No. 4 in England's Test line-up for the series against Sri Lanka, but Alastair Cook admitted there were some "tough decisions" to be made about other batting positions

Andrew McGlashan

Hampshire v Middlesex, Specsavers Championship Div 1, Ageas Bowl, 2nd day

Malan battles back on rain-hit day

May 2, 2016: Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan staged a batting comeback after the visiting county lost early wickets

ECB Reporters Network

MCC v Yorkshire, Abu Dhabi, 1st day

Ballance century offers England an immediate reminder

Mar 20, 2016: Gary Ballance, dropped by England midway through last summer's Ashes series, made an immediate statement in the traditional curtain-raiser to the English county season with a century against MCC in Abu Dhabi

ESPNcricinfo staff

England in South Africa 2015-16

Hales and Compton could swap places - Bayliss

Jan 27, 2016: Trevor Bayliss, the England coach, has sought to reassure his top-order batsmen that their modest displays in the victory over South Africa will not necessarily lead to their exclusion

George Dobell

South Africa v England, 4th Test, Centurion, 5th day

Cook puts England top order on a warning

Jan 26, 2016: Alastair Cook admitted England had been left with "a lot of unanswered questions" at the end of their Test tour of South Africa

George Dobell in Centurion

South Africa v England, 4th Test, Centurion, 3rd day

Flaccid finish is leaving more questions than answers

Jan 24, 2016: A series win in South Africa is a notable achievement, but England are still going to finish the series with some familiar issues to overcome

George Dobell in Centurion
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