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Pak v Eng, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 5th day

Is it safe? England's marathon man asks the question

Oct 18, 2015: Alastair Cook praised the strength of character which enabled Adil Rashif to forget his first-innings troubles and bowl out Pakistan second time around, leaving a tantalising race against the dark which England could not quite win

Andrew McGlashan

Pak v Eng, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 4th day

No banter, no sweat from a model pro - Root

Oct 16, 2015: Joe Root described Alastair Cook as a model pro without banter and regretteds the fact the third longest innings in Test history might have been ended by a no ball

Andrew McGlashan

Pak v Eng, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 4th day

Cook's endurance feat does not disguise harsh realities

Oct 16, 2015: Alastair Cook's innings - the third longest in Test history - was a stunning feat of endurance, but nothing should deflect from the recognition that this pitch is bad for the game

Andrew McGlashan

Pak v Eng, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 4th day

Cook monument lays down marker

Oct 16, 2015: Alastair Cook produced the longest innings in England's Test history, and the third-longest of all time, to stamp his authority on the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, and lay down a marker for his team's expectations in the next two Tests

The Report by Andrew Miller

Pak v Eng, Abu Dhabi, 3rd day

'Cook has been an inspiration' - Bell

Oct 15, 2015: Ian Bell termed Alastair Cook's display on the third day in Abu Dhabi a "masterclass" and said he had been an inspiration for him during his own struggles

Andrew McGlashan

Pak v Eng, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 3rd day

Cook and Bell grind away bad memories

Oct 15, 2015: Alastair Cook and Ian Bell were the only two surviving batsmen from England's horror show in the UAE three years ago but they ground away the memories as England fought back in the first Test

Andrew McGlashan

Pak v Eng, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 3rd day

Resolute Cook leads England's reply

Oct 15, 2015: Alastair Cook anchored England's response to Pakistan's immense first innings of 523 for 8 declared with a serene unbeaten 168

The Report by Andrew Miller

Pakistan v England 2015-16

England braced for heat of the moment

Oct 11, 2015: Pakistan's formidable record in Tests at Abu Dhabi make them strong favourites in conditions that will test England's resolve to the limit

Andrew McGlashan in Abu Dhabi

Pakistan v England 2015-16

Not getting bogged down vital for England

Oct 7, 2015: The importance of England's batsmen not becoming bogged down by Pakistan's spinners has been pinpointed as a key factor for the Test series

Andrew McGlashan

Pakistan A v England XI, Tour match, Sharjah, 1st day

Bairstow boosts hopes of retaining Test berth

Oct 5, 2015: Jonny Bairstow was the biggest beneficiary on the opening day of England's first warm-up match against Pakistan A as he scored an unbeaten 66 to press his claims for retaining a spot in the middle order for the Test series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan v England 2015

UAE challenge will test young England

Sep 30, 2015: England have embarked on what will be a hugely significant and demanding six months in the development of a free-spirited but still often raw side

Andrew McGlashan

Pakistan v England 2015-16

Moeen may open in UAE, says Cook

Sep 29, 2015: Alastair Cook has dropped a strong hint that Moeen Ali will open the batting alongside him during England's Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates next month

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia in England 2015

'We thought we'd broken their back'

Sep 2, 2015: Rod Marsh has shed new light on Australia's failed Ashes campaign by admitting they felt they had the series won after a vast victory over England in the second Test at Lord's

Daniel Brettig

What England have learned from the Ashes

Aug 27, 2015: Eleven things the series has brought to light about Cook and Co

Simon Barnes

The Investec Ashes 2015

Broad and Root England's difference

Aug 24, 2015: ESPNcricinfo rates the England players involved in the Ashes series

George Dobell

England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 4th day

High drama, low tension

Aug 23, 2015: There was some crazy cricket in the Ashes although the quality was not always high. Yet for both teams it is the final outcome that matters. Careers are defined.

Mark Nicholas

England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 4th day

Job done for captain Cook

Aug 23, 2015: Alastair Cook has worked hard for everything he has achieved as a batsman and England captain. Why? Because being a success is his reason for being

Jarrod Kimber at The Oval

England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 3rd day

England must confront old spin concerns

Aug 22, 2015: The Ashes are regained, but England have been horribly poor at The Oval not least in their playing of Nathan Lyon which does not bode well for challenges ahead

George Dobell at The Oval

ENGLAND V AUSTRALIA, 5TH INVESTEC TEST, THE OVAL, 3RD DAY

Cook digs in, Australia close in

Aug 22, 2015:

ESPNcricinfo staff

England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 3rd day

Cook provides fight before falling short

Aug 22, 2015: Alastair Cook fought hard on the third day but fell for 85 shortly before the close as Australia closed in on victory in the final Test

The Report by David Hopps
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