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Cook's one-day timeline: consistency to liability

Dec 19, 2014: ESPNcricinfo looks back on Alastair Cook's time as England's one-day captain, which ended in a run of failure but included a period of notable success

Andrew McGlashan

A year of triumph and disaster

Dec 19, 2014: While 2014 will be always remembered for the shocking death of Phillip Hughes, there was joy as well, courtesy Misbah, McCullum, and the ICC's efforts against chucking

Martin Crowe

Forgotten Classics

The hold-up at Headingley

Dec 18, 2014: Mike Hendricks' nagging seam bowling helped England defend a low total against a powerful Pakistan line-up in the 1979 World Cup

Interviews by Nagraj Gollapudi

Sri Lanka v England, 7th ODI, Colombo

A dream day for Khettarama faithful

Dec 16, 2014: Tillakaratne Dilshan crashed the farewell party of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara with a spectacular all-round show, but the departing pair would leave the crowd with one final jewel

Andrew Fidel Fernando

Sri Lanka v England, 7th ODI, Colombo

Cook form leaves England in chaos

Dec 16, 2014: England's biggest problem ahead of the fast-approaching World Cup is the form of Cook and it becomes more acute each time a member of the ECB hierarchy launches into an impassioned defence of the captain

Alan Gardner in Colombo

Sri Lanka v England, 7th ODI, Colombo

Sangakkara's golden year to remember

Dec 16, 2014: Stats highlights from the final ODI between Sri Lanka and England, in Colombo

Bishen Jeswant

Sri Lanka v England, 7th ODI, Colombo

St Sangakkara b Jayawardene

Dec 16, 2014: Plays of the day from the seventh ODI between Sri Lanka and England in Colombo

Alan Gardner and Andrew Fidel Fernando

Cook and the question of loyalty in sport

Dec 16, 2014: He served the purpose of being the hero to Pietersen's antihero, but given his appalling one-day form, is it time to be disloyal and get rid of him?

Simon Barnes

England v Sri Lanka, 7th ODI, Colombo

SL's brothers-in-arms prepare for sunset at home

Dec 14, 2014: As Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara prepare for their final ODI together at home, the aspects of their partnership that will be celebrated the most will be their humility and altruism

Andrew Fidel Fernando

Sri Lanka v England, 6th ODI, Pallakele

The grand abdication of the Kandyan king

Dec 13, 2014: They came to worship Kumar Sangakkara in his final ODI in Kandy and he did not let them down, delivering the farewell century of which his fans had barely dared to dream

Alan Gardner in Pallekele

Sri Lanka v England, 6th ODI, Pallakele

Dilshan v Moeen contest breaks England's hold

Dec 13, 2014: Plays of the day from the sixth ODI between Sri Lanka and England in Pallakele

Alan Gardner

Catch the terrorists, Fletch

Dec 13, 2014: Fred Trueman was never short of a great retort or a tale

Ashley Mallett

Sri Lanka v England, 5th ODI, Pallekele

Root enjoys new sidekick Scrappy Doo

Dec 12, 2014: Root has had a lot of responsibility thrust on him but he carries the burden cheerfully, grinning at opposition bowlers and piling up runs with a certain gangling ease

Alan Gardner in Pallekele

Life is a papare, old chum

Dec 12, 2014: Our correspondent takes in a safari, runs into VVS Laxman, and gets his fill of a certain ubiquitous politician

Alan Gardner

Sri Lanka v England, 5th ODI, Pallekele

Senanayake flaunts his elbows

Dec 11, 2014: Senanayake's half-sleeved shirt and England's increasing extras count in plays of the day from the fifth ODI between Sri Lanka and England

Andrew Fidel Fernando and Alan Gardner

Forgotten Classics

Lamb's Gujranwala jailbreak

Dec 11, 2014: England needed a daunting 91 off the last ten overs against West Indies. One batsman braved dehydration to cut the total down to size

Interviews by Nagraj Gollapudi

Sri Lanka v England, 5th ODI, Pallekele

Woakes, Jordan inch England forward

Dec 10, 2014: They may not scream World Cup winner at you but the performance of England's two young quicks are encouraging for England

Alan Gardner in Pallekele

Sri Lanka v England, 5th ODI, Pallekele

England set for another shuffle

Dec 9, 2014: Desperately seeking the ideal World Cup combination, England are likely to continue their player rotation as the ODI series shifts to Pallekele

Alan Gardner

England in Sri Lanka 2014-15

Stokes' ride gets uncomfortable

Dec 8, 2014: Ben Stokes is slipping alarmingly from England's greatest asset to a liability they are struggling to carry

Alan Gardner

Howdy pardner

Dec 8, 2014: A look at the most productive bowling combinations in Tests

Steven Lynch
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