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England v India, 3rd Investec Test, Ageas Bowl, 5th day

England find their upward curve

Jul 31, 2014: There will doubtless be tough days ahead but England appear to have turned a corner. ESPNcricinfo assesses where the team is after levelling the series

George Dobell at the Ageas Bowl

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's 5th day

Hapless England victims of failing system

Jul 21, 2014: Previous England inadequacies were masked by a handful of excellent players but now the national side are showing the results of an environment too cosy for those whose faces fit and one that ostracises the rest

George Dobell at Lord's

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day

Cook's descent into private hell

Jul 18, 2014: Eventually, with the batting failures accumulating and his captaincy not compensating, the reasons for persisting with Alastair Cook are wearing out

George Dobell at Lord's

England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 5th day

Signs a corner has been turned by England

Jul 13, 2014: The hosts appeared to play with a different attitude at Trent Bridge. No longer was there a sense that the game owed them. They just got on with it and Alastair Cook played the match with a smile on his face

Mark Nicholas at Trent Bridge

England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day

Dhoni's instincts fail him

Jul 12, 2014: Like George Costanza once did, India's captain went against his normal ahead of the first Test but on the fourth day, with a match still winnable for India, he went back to a familiar game plan

Sidharth Monga at Trent Bridge

Eng v Ind, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day

Tail-enders overshadow top order

Jul 12, 2014: James Anderson and Joe Root put together 198 runs and picked up a slew of records along the way, including the most runs made by a final-wicket pair

Bishen Jeswant

England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day

Root, Anderson script England turnaround

Jul 12, 2014: England turned the Trent Bridge Test around on the fourth day thanks to a record tenth-wicket partnership from Joe Root and James Anderson

The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

Seamers star, but India kept waiting

Jul 11, 2014: India were on the verge of taking a massive lead and possibly bowling England out short of the follow-on mark before Joe Root averted the danger along with the lower order

The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

Sri Lanka in England 2014

Batting offers promise but captain concerns

Jun 25, 2014: A new-look England side came within one wicket of winning at Lord's and two balls of salvaging a drawn series at Headingley, but while there were promising signs there also remain significant worries

George Dobell

England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day

Root provides Sri Lanka spark

Jun 24, 2014: As Sri Lanka sought a famous victory, Joe Root's words to Angelo Mathews were a pin prick that triggered an explosion

Andrew Fidel Fernando at Headingley

England v Sri Lanka, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day

Plenty of ticks for England selectors

Jun 16, 2014: England's new era selections in detail after the first Test at Lord's

Andrew McGlashan at Lord's

England v SL, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day

England encounter the pleasure and the pain

Jun 13, 2014: England's future was revealed as they took to the field against Sri Lanka and it proved as expected to be a mixed bag

Andrew McGlashan

England v Sri Lanka, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day

Sri Lanka solid after Root's double-ton

Jun 13, 2014: Dip your bread, Joe Root will have been told since childhood on batting days like this. Like Oliver Twist, he dipped his bread and then asked to dip it some more

The Report by David Hopps

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

A nod to the future for Root and England

Jun 12, 2014: This was one day at the start of a long summer but after a long and painful winter it was a day for England to enjoy the sunshine

Andrew McGlashan at Lord's

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

Root ton caps England's revival

Jun 12, 2014: Joe Root scored his third Test century and Matt Prior made a typically belligerent 76 not out during an unbroken stand that took the game away from Sri Lanka

The Report by David Hopps

England v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Lord's

Root thinks differently to down Dilshan

May 31, 2014: ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the 4th ODI

Andrew McGlashan at Lord's

Sri Lanka in England 2014

England defeat 'embarrassing' - Root

May 26, 2014: Joe Root has admitted that England's 157-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the second ODI was "embarrassing" and said improved performances are required to keep the paying public interested

ESPNcricinfo staff

Middlesex v Yorkshire, Lord's, 2nd day

Yorkshire show virtues of taking Root

Apr 28, 2014: Solid second innings batting by Yorkshire, led by Joe Root and Adam Lyth, has put the visitors in a very strong position at Lord's

George Dobell at Lord's

Middlesex v Yorkshire, Lord's, 1st day

Root's return burdened by captaincy

Apr 27, 2014: Joe Root, making his first-class return after sustaining a broken thumb in Antigua, found himself promoted to the captaincy against Middlesex

George Dobell at Lord's

County news

Chapple to take charge at Lancashire

Apr 25, 2014: Glen Chapple, Lancashire's captain and veteran attack leader, will take charge of the first team for the rest of the season, stepping up to fill the gap left by Peter Moores' appointment as England coach

ESPNcricinfo staff
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