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England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street, 1st day

Time running out for nervy Compton

May 27, 2016: Despite insisting that he will continue to play his natural game, Nick Compton's recent dismissals suggest he is trying to be something he is not

George Dobell at Chester-le-Street

England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street, 1st day

Stance and style set England batsmen apart

May 27, 2016: England's top five is dominated by four right-handed batsmen with modern stances but very contrasting styles

Mark Nicholas

Sri Lanka in England 2016

Goalkeeping work helps Bairstow balance

May 22, 2016: Paul Farbrace, England's assistant coach, has hailed Jonny Bairstow for the improvement in his wicketkeeping since the tour of South Africa

George Dobell

Sri Lanka in England 2016

England selectors take calm view to batting questions

May 12, 2016: Despite much debate, England's first Test squad of the season includes minor tweaks rather than any major overhauls which is a prudent outcome

George Dobell

Sri Lanka in England 2016

Vince and Ball earn England Test calls

May 12, 2016: The Hampshire batsman James Vince and Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball have been handed their maiden Test call-ups

Andrew McGlashan

Nottinghamshire v Middlesex, Specsavers Championship Div 1, Lord's, 2nd day

Robson rises while Compton falls

May 9, 2016: Sam Robson continued his impressive early season with a third Championship hundred of the summer, but there was more pain for Nick Compton

Tim Wigmore at Lord's

Sri Lanka in England 2016

Root expected to stay at No. 4

May 6, 2016: Joe Root is set to stay at No. 4 in England's Test line-up for the series against Sri Lanka, but Alastair Cook admitted there were some "tough decisions" to be made about other batting positions

Andrew McGlashan

Hampshire v Middlesex, Specsavers Championship Div 1, Ageas Bowl, 2nd day

Malan battles back on rain-hit day

May 2, 2016: Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan staged a batting comeback after the visiting county lost early wickets

ECB Reporters Network

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

ESPNcricinfo staff

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:

ESPNcricinfo staff

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
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