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England v India, 3rd Investec Test, Ageas Bowl, 4th day

England eye win after perfect day

Jul 30, 2014: England continued to play the near-perfect Test and India were powerless to hinder them

The Report by George Binoy

England v India, third Investec Test, Ageas Bowl

Loyal crowd wills Cook forward

Jul 27, 2014: Alastair Cook was under the greatest pressure of his career, but the Southampton crowd was determined to will him forward

George Dobell

England v India, 3rd Investec Test, Ageas Bowl, 1st day

Ugly runs but still they swoon

Jul 27, 2014: Alastair Cook did not bat like a leading man but the crowd applauded him for simply not failing

Jarrod Kimber at the Ageas Bowl

Eng v Ind, 3rd Investec Test, Ageas Bowl, 1st day

Ballance extends purple patch

Jul 27, 2014: Stats highlights from the first day of the third Investec Test at Ageas Bowl

Bishen Jeswant

England v India, 3rd Investec Test, Ageas Bowl, 1st day

Cook, Ballance put England well ahead

Jul 27, 2014: Alastair Cook ended his run of poor form with an innings of 95, while Gary Ballance scored his third century of the summer to drive England into a strong position

The Report by George Binoy

England's selection errors could lead to series defeat

Jul 27, 2014: Their decision to persist with Alastair Cook as captain, and to pick batsmen who can only score runs against weak attacks, will hurt them

Ian Chappell

England v India, 3rd Investec Test, Ageas Bowl

Cook strives to answer England prayers

Jul 26, 2014: Alastair Cook hinted that England would field both Stuart Broad and James Anderson in what could be a defining Test match for his captaincy

David Hopps

England v India, 3rd Investec Test, Ageas Bowl

Under-fire England desperate for change

Jul 26, 2014: ESPNcricinfo previews the third Test between England and India

The Preview by Karthik Krishnaswamy

England v India, 3rd Investec Test, Ageas Bowl

Cook should quit captaincy to recover form - Pietersen

Jul 26, 2014: Kevin Pietersen, the former England batsman, says Alastair Cook "has shown he does not have the tactical brain to lead the side" and would fare better if he stepped down from captaincy

ESPNcricinfo staff

England v India, 3rd Investec Test, Ageas Bowl

Cook's lonely battle to survive

Jul 24, 2014: West End, a village to the north-east of Southampton and home to the Ageas Bowl, is a bit of a ghost town nowadays

Sidharth Monga at the Ageas Bowl

Time to pension off the seniors?

Jul 24, 2014: If England are going to win nothing, history suggests it might be worth their while to win nothing with kids

Rob Smyth

India in England 2014

England need Cook the batsman - Waugh

Jul 22, 2014: Steve Waugh, the former Australia captain, has said England captain Alastair Cook will know "deep down" that captaincy is affecting his cricket, and stressed England needed Cook more as a batsman

Amol Karhadkar

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

England seem to have forgotten about personality

Jul 21, 2014: They have to see a glass that is half-full, and play the game as if it is just that, a game; and an opportunity

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

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

Three Tests to save Cook's captaincy

Jul 21, 2014: Alastair Cook admitted his position as captain will become "untenable" if he cannot arrest his slump in batting form within the next three Tests.

George Dobell at Lord's

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, 5th day

Cook reiterates he is no quitter

Jul 21, 2014: Alastair Cook, England's beleaguered captain, reiterated his desire to stay in the job after defeat to India at Lord's extended the team's winless run to ten matches

ESPNcricinfo staff

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Farbrace defends senior players

Jul 20, 2014: Paul Farbrace insisted England's senior players could not be praised highly enough despite recent results at the close of play on the fourth day of the second Investec Test at Lord's

George Dobell

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Scars of the old era haunt England

Jul 20, 2014: It will take something remarkable for England to chase down their target and the more evidence that is displayed suggests more fresh faces need to brought into the team in place of mentally scarred seniors

George Dobell at Lord's

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Another battle, another defeat on Planet Al

Jul 20, 2014: Alastair Cook has got used to feeling of the axe hanging over him. Only his team-mates can save England now

Mark Nicholas 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
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