England's chances hinge on Clarke

There's currency in the idea that a captain's failure with the bat dulls his decision-making powers and creates a destructive atmosphere in the dressing room

Michael Clarke was dismissed for 7

County news

Domestic cricket hopes for 50-over flourish

Ahead of the start of the Royal London One-Day Cup campaign, a panel of county cricketers - Steven Crook, Lewis Gregory and Ravi Patel - plus England selector, and Middlesex director of cricket, Angus Fraser discuss how the 50-over game is evolving

Durham sing the team song in front of their travelling supporters

The Ian Bell conundrum

Since the beginning of 2012, Ian Bell averages 34.69 when batting in the top six; among regular top-order batsmen, only Shane Watson has a lower average

Ian Bell is bowled by Mitchell Johnson

Wanted: Ian Bell, sublime artist

Someone who repeatedly has to prove himself despite playing over a hundred Tests, his recent stats do not make for good reading. Here's hoping he has a bit of magic left in him

Ian Bell made his 22nd Test hundred