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England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley

Cook hails hero Gooch as prepares to break record

May 28, 2015: 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

David Hopps

Cook's clarity breeds resilience

May 25, 2015: With his immaculate concentration at Lord's on Sunday, England's captain revealed his mental toughness. Whatever the sphere, the latter flows from the former

Ed Smith

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Cook the leader outweighs Cook the captain

May 24, 2015: Alastair Cook will never be a great orator or tactician. He will never rouse with a speech and rarely surprise with a tactic. Instead he must lead by example. This was the innings of a leader. But it wasn't necessarily the innings of a captain

George Dobell at Lord's

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Cook hundred leads England revival

May 24, 2015: Ben Stokes hit the fastest Test hundred at Lord's, off 85 balls, and Alastair Cook ended the fourth day unbeaten on 153 as England build a lead of 295

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's

Cook and Farbrace face a high-stakes series

May 20, 2015: A captain under immense pressure, a coach potentially pushing a claim for the full-time job. There is much at stake for England at the beginning of their Test summer, but at least the cricket is about to start

George Dobell at Lord's

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's

'No ultimatum' on Pietersen - Cook

May 20, 2015: Alastair Cook has denied making any ultimatum over the possible England recall of Kevin Pietersen, but admitted he agreed to the decision not to include him in the team's plans for the summer

George Dobell

Is Cook next in line to bite the dust?

May 17, 2015: England are now in a situation where a change of captaincy in the middle of the Ashes series seems probable

Ian Chappell

Natural leaders are made in retrospect

May 11, 2015: There is no template for the perfect captain. Some of the game's greatest were not identified as such straightaway

Ed Smith

England in West Indies 2015

Anderson leads yet again but woe for Mo

May 4, 2015: The series against West Indies showed England what they already knew: trouble with a second opener, a paucity of spin options and the importance of James Anderson

George Dobell

West Indies v England, 3rd Test, Barbados, 2nd day

Cook relief at ending hundred debate

May 2, 2015: Alastair Cook admitted he had to overcome the "denial" about struggling for runs over the last two years after scoring his first Test hundred in 23 months on the opening day in Barbados

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies v England, 3rd Test, Bridgetown, 1st day

Cook ends hundred drought but WI take honours

May 1, 2015: A popular number during this series has been the days since Alastair Cook scored a hundred. The counter can be reset to zero now after he batted into the final over of the opening day

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

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

Root hundred puts England in charge

Apr 23, 2015: 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

The Report by Alan Gardner

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

Cook, Trott put seal on improved display

Apr 22, 2015: 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

The Report by Alan Gardner

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

Pressure on Cook to end rough run

Apr 20, 2015: Alastair Cook's form is not as bad as has been made out but England need him to start scoring hundreds again

George Dobell in Grenada

Wisden 2015

English cricket 'losing touch'

Apr 8, 2015: If it was not already abundantly clear that cricket in England has endured a difficult 18 months, then the publication of the 2015 Wisden Almanack this week hammers the point home with a resounding thud

Alan Gardner

St. Kitts and Nevis Invitation XI v England XI, Basseterre

Under-trial England seek red-ball relief

Apr 6, 2015: A two-day tour match in St. Kitts is England's first stop in a five-month stretch of cricket that could decide the futures of Alastair Cook and Peter Moores

George Dobell in St. Kitts

England in West Indies 2015

Winter of despair raises stakes for Cook and Moores

Apr 2, 2015: Some key figures could be shaken out of England cricket if England do not deliver in the West Indies and Alastair Cook and Peter Moores were acutely aware of the pressure as the tour party left for the Caribbean

Alex Winter

MCC v Yorkshire, Abu Dhabi, 3rd day

Cook fails again as Rashid leads Yorkshire romp

Mar 24, 2015: There were contrasting fortunes for two of England's party for the Test tour of West Indies next month as Yorkshire, the county champions, thumped MCC by nine wickets inside three days in Abu Dhabi.

ESPNcricinfo staff

MCC v Yorkshire, Abu Dhabi, 1st day

Cook disappoints, Lyth impresses

Mar 22, 2015: Alastair Cook lasted just six balls on his return to action, three months after his last innings on England's tour of Sri Lanka

ESPNcricinfo staff

England news

England were wrong to sack me - Cook

Mar 18, 2015: Alastair Cook has claimed that the ECB's decision to relieve him of the England captaincy a matter of weeks before the World Cup has been proved wrong in hindsight and described the players as looking "shellshocked" during a disastrous campaign that ended

ESPNcricinfo staff
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