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England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 3rd day

England's mastery of swinging conditions cannot mask progress

May 22, 2016: Sri Lanka are not the first touring team to struggle in typical English conditions, but that fact does not detract from James Anderson's magnificence

George Dobell at Headingley

England v Sri Lanka, 1st Investec Test, Headingley

Cook at ease and ready to complete circle

May 18, 2016: If England succeed against Sri Lanka and Pakistan this summer they will complete a set that few would have contemplated possible two years ago

Melinda Farrell at Headingley

County cricket

'I've never felt this good' - Westley

May 9, 2016: At 27, Tom Westley is not one of young guns of county cricket but that may work in his favour. After a difficult winter with England Lions he is more hungry than ever to push him for higher honours

Will Macpherson

'You can't really argue with a bloke who's scored 10,000 runs'

May 6, 2016: Alastair Cook looks forward to a milestone no England player has reached before, while also realising that now he's closer to the end than the beginning of his career

Andrew Miller

Worcestershire v Essex, Specsavers Championship Div 2, New Road, 2nd day

Cook's third hundred continues prolific start

May 2, 2016: Alastair Cook continued a prolific start to the county season by hitting his third Championship century in his last appearance for Essex ahead of the first Test

ECB Reporters Network

Essex v Northants, County Championship, Division Two, Chelmsford, 1st day

Essex flex batting muscle

Apr 24, 2016: Essex's powerful batting line-up made Northants toil at Chelmsford as England captain Alastair Cook continued his productive start to the season

ECB Reporters Network

Safety isn't only about the helmet

Apr 22, 2016: Insisting on batsmen wearing standardised headgear that compromises their comfort is risky. Players should rather learn to cope better with the short ball

Mark Nicholas

Sussex v Essex, County Championship, Division Two, Hove, 4th day

Dropped catch helps Cook 'get on with it'

Apr 20, 2016: Alastair Cook rose to meet his particular challenge of recent days by scoring a second Championship hundred in as many matches, this time wearing the new-style helmet that has unexpectedly become the source of some bother

Alan Gardner at Hove

Middlesex v Warwickshire, County Championship, Division One, Lord's, 4th day

Robson equals records and stirs selectors

Apr 20, 2016: Sam Robson equalled the Middlesex record for most runs in a match and showed a discipline that will reawaken the interest of England's selectors

George Dobell at Lord's

Sussex v Essex, County Championship, Division Two, Hove, 2nd day

Westley impresses after Cook's grilling

Apr 18, 2016: Alastair Cook's exploratory first outing in a new helmet ended after five balls but that was the worst of the impermanence from Essex

Alan Gardner at Hove

England news

Cook helmet stance gives ECB headache

Apr 15, 2016: England are wary of being dragged into an unwanted power struggle with Alastair Cook after he ignored new regulations by wearing an old-style helmet that fails to conform to new safety standards

David Hopps

The annual overview of world cricket

Notes by the editor

Apr 13, 2016: The annual overview of world cricket by Lawrence Booth

Lawrence Booth

Essex v Gloucestershire, County Championship, Division Two, Chelmsford

Cook lays down a marker for England contenders

Apr 11, 2016: Alastair Cook issued a rallying cry to England's potential Test batsmen to put out a marker for the new season and he did just that himself with a Championship hundred for Essex in his first knock of the season

David Hopps at Chelmsford

England news

Hales' choice offers chance for chasing pack

Apr 4, 2016: Alastair Cook and James Anderson will be among the high-profile England players to start the season in Specsavers County Championship action

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, 5th day

De Villiers hints at long-term captaincy

Jan 26, 2016: AB de Villiers has dropped another hint that he is willing to stay on as South Africa's long-term Test captain, after his new-look team completed an impressive 280-run victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

SA v Eng, 4th Test, Centurion

Amla's record in Centurion and a rare pair

Jan 25, 2016: Stats highlights from the fourth Test between SA and England in Centurion where the hosts set England a target of 382 to chase.

Shiva Jayaraman

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

The dangers of overstaying your time as captain

Jan 24, 2016: When a once-strong leader falls short of ideas, it tends to have a negative effect on the team. MS Dhoni is going through such a phase

Ian Chappell

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
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