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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

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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

South Africa v England, 4th Test, Centurion, 2nd day

Hales' lean series should not surprise

Jan 23, 2016: England appear no nearer to finding a long-term partner for Alastair Cook but this was always likely to be a tough series for openers and, given the endless merry-go-round, it could be worth investing more time in Alex Hales

George Dobell in Centurion

South Africa v England, 3rd Test, Johannesburg

England's fielding 'blips' threaten a habit

Jan 11, 2016: An evolving England side are not only searching for consistency with bat and ball but also in the field where missed chances proved costly in Cape Town

George Dobell in Johannesburg

England in South Africa 2015-16

Bayliss 'excited' but demands consistency

Dec 31, 2015: England coach Trevor Bayliss praised the contribution of Nick Compton towards victory in Durban and said there was more hard work ahead to prevent South Africa coming back into the series

George Dobell in Cape Town

South Africa v England, 1st Test, Durban, 5th day

Another milestone for England project

Dec 30, 2015: Alastair Cook's side have had an up-and-down year but the sense that they are on the rise is undeniable

George Dobell in Durban

South Africa v England, 1st Test, Durban, 1st day

Compton's qualities come to the fore

Dec 26, 2015: After a two-and-a-half year wait for a recall, Nick Compton was greeted by the world's No. 1 bowler on a murky day and responded with an innings of immense character and skill

George Dobell in Durban

SA v Eng, 1st Test, Durban, 1st day

Compton, Taylor revive England after Steyn strikes

Dec 26, 2015:

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South Africa v England, 1st Test, Durban, 1st day

Compton and Taylor counter Steyn's fired-up return

Dec 26, 2015: The opening day of the series in Durban started and ended with Dale Steyn's vein threatening to pop through his neck, but England did not allow the world's No. 1 bowler or team to overwhelm them

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

South Africa v England, 1st Test, Durban

England take heart from South Africa flux

Dec 24, 2015: ESPNcricinfo previews the first Test between South Africa and England at Durban

The Preview by Andrew Miller

England in South Africa 2015-16

Straight man Compton ready for 'dream' return

Dec 19, 2015: Even Nick Compton doubted whether he would get a second chance with England but he could provide crucial balance to the Test side at No. 3

George Dobell in Pietermaritzburg

SA Invitational XI v England XI, Potchefstroom, 1st day

England cruise on Taylor and Stokes hundreds

Dec 15, 2015: Centuries from James Taylor and Ben Stokes helped England recover from a shaky start to post an imposing 470 for 5 on the first day of their opening warm-up match in South Africa

ESPNcricinfo staff

England in South Africa 2015-16

Pietersen slams Bell omission as 'pathetic'

Nov 19, 2015: Kevin Pietersen has branded the decision to omit Ian Bell from England's touring squad to South Africa as "pathetic," "insane" and "ridiculous."

George Dobell

England in South Africa 2015-16

The case for Compton

Nov 9, 2015: The question of who should be Alastair Cook's Test opening partner remains unanswered after England's defeat in the UAE. But there remains one outstanding candidate for the job in South Africa

George Dobell

Middlesex v Yorkshire, LV= Championship, Division One, Lord's, 3rd day

Roland-Jones' freewheeling maiden ton is just champion

Sep 11, 2015: Toby Roland-Jones observed Yorkshire's deserved status as newly-crowned county champions and treated it with unexpected disdain as he summoned a freewheeling maiden first-class century from no 10

Tim Wigmore at Lord's

Middlesex v Yorkshire, LV= Championship, Division One, Lord's, 2nd day

Middlesex rally after Middlebrook strikes

Sep 10, 2015: James Middlebrook took two wickets in an over but an unbeaten 86 from Nick Compton ensured Middlesex would not be beaten inside two days

Tim Wigmore at Lord's

England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 2nd day

Woeful batsmen poop England's party

Aug 21, 2015: England's frail batting and over-reliance on Joe Root will have been watched with interest by their next opponents, Pakistan and South Africa

George Dobell

Durham v Middlesex, LV= Championship, Division One, Chester-le-Street, 1st day

Onions and Compton share honours

Aug 21, 2015: Former England players Graham Onions and Nick Compton dominated the first half day at Chester-le-Street before rain arrived with Middlesex on 141 for 5

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