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The Investec Ashes 2015

England search for inspiration in latest Ashes saga

Jul 6, 2015: The Ashes remains the contest that defines careers. This is the series that will be remembered - can be remembered - long after a player has finished

George Dobell in Cardiff

The Investec Ashes 2015

Cook aims for 'remarkable' Ashes glory

Jun 26, 2015: Alastair Cook has suggested that winning the Investec Ashes this summer would rate as "the biggest achievement" of his career

George Dobell

The Investec Ashes 2015

Vital to get to know Bayliss - Cook

Jun 26, 2015: There will be no boxing sessions or survival lessons as England prepare for the Ashes in the more gentle surroundings of the Spanish sunshine over the next four days

ESPNcricinfo staff

Essex v Derbyshire, LV= County Championship Division Two, Chelmsford, 2nd day

Cook provides a topping to a cheesecake day

Jun 15, 2015: Like countless summer blockbusters, Chelmsford did not quite meet expectations, but there Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara provided some good moments along the way as Essex's batting finally stirred

Vithushan Ehantharajah at Chelmsford

New Zealand in England 2015

Bell, Ballance and Moeen worries ahead of Ashes

Jun 3, 2015: A stunning fightback at Lord's as followed by a performance at Headingley which reminded how much work remains for England, but the captain was back in fine form

George Dobell

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day

How DRS has changed batting, and keeps the balance

Jun 2, 2015: The review system has changed the game, especially for spinners, as the final day at Headingley showed

Mark Nicholas

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 4th day

Moeen, catching among England's problems to solve

Jun 1, 2015: ESPNcricinfo looks at the dilemmas facing the England selectors in the coming weeks

George Dobell at Headingley

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 3rd day

The secret to Cook's revival? A secret coach

May 31, 2015: What does Cook's decision to use a freelance coach say about Loughborough? What does it say about the value for money the ECB are gaining from all the millions invested

George Dobell

It's the captain who wins games, not the coach

May 31, 2015: Placing too much emphasis on the coach's input is detrimental because it curbs the captain's ability to think for himself and make bold decisions

Ian Chappell

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 2nd day

Cook does it his way to reach iconic landmark

May 30, 2015: It can be hard to remember individual strokes from Alastair Cook, but the accumulative effect over the years has been a reassuring presence at the top of England's order and there is still much more to come

George Dobell at Headingley

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 2nd day

Cook breaks England Test runs record

May 30, 2015: Alastair Cook became England's highest Test runscorer, overhauling Graham Gooch, when he reached 32 against New Zealand in the second Investec Test at Headingley

George Dobell at Headingley

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 2nd day

'He will methodically blunt your bowling attack'

May 30, 2015: During his innings of 75, England captain Alastair Cook became England's highest run-scorer, going past Graham Gooch's tally of 8900 Test runs. We look at how some in the Twitter world reacted

ESPNcricinfo staff

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 2nd day

England's record-breaking run machine

May 30, 2015: England captain Alastair Cook went past Graham Gooch to become his country's leading Test run-scorer on the second day against New Zealand. ESPNcricinfo looks back at some of the key moments on his way to the landmark

Alan Gardner

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
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