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West Indies in England 2017

Woakes, Ballance unlikely for Edgbaston

Aug 7, 2017: A lack of first-class cricket could be hampering England's plans ahead of the first Investec Test against West Indies

George Dobell

Why shouldn't the captain get the coach of his choice?

Jul 23, 2017: If you have the right person to lead the team on the field, the rest will follow

Ian Chappell

England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, The Kia Oval

Westley, Malan named in 13-man England squad

Jul 20, 2017: Essex's Tom Westley will make his Test debut at No.3 in the third Test against South Africa at The Kia Oval next week, after being named as a direct replacement for Gary Ballance in a 13-man squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa in England 2017

Ballance ruled out of third Test with broken finger

Jul 18, 2017: Gary Ballance has been ruled out of the third Investec Test against South Africa at the Kia Oval after fracturing his left index finger.

George Dobell

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge

Ballance faces X-ray after sustaining blow to left index finger

Jul 17, 2017: Gary Ballance is to have an X-ray on his left index finger after sustaining a blow on it when batting on the fourth day of the Trent Bridge Test

George Dobell

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

Ballance back in the balance as familiar failings surface

Jul 15, 2017: Gary Ballance hasn't played terribly in his recall to Test cricket, but some familiar failings are clouding the judgment about his worth to the team

George Dobell at Trent Bridge

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge

Five questions that England must answer before the Ashes

Jul 13, 2017: The Test summer could hardly have started better for England, but there are still several questions England must answer before their departure for the Ashes

George Dobell at Trent Bridge

England v South Africa, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Confident Root shows early shoots of a bountiful reign

Jul 8, 2017: These are early days in the reign of Root, but the signs are already promising. George Dobell runs the rule over his first three days in charge

George Dobell at Lord's

England v South Africa, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 1st day

England's DRS blunders

Jul 6, 2017: Keaton Jennings doesn't review a howler and Ballance reviews when he's plumb

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England v South Africa, 1st Investec Test, Lord's

Ballance, Dawson named in Root's first Test squad

Jul 1, 2017: Gary Ballance and Liam Dawson have both been named in a 12-man squad to face South Africa at Lord's for what will be Joe Root's first Test as captain.

Andrew Miller

England Lions v South Africans, Tour match, New Road, 1st day

Garton shines as Ballance looks forward

Jun 29, 2017: George Garton took the one wicket to fall as the touring South Africans faced just 20 overs on a rain-affected day

George Dobell at New Road

England news

Ballance to captain England Lions in tour game

Jun 23, 2017: Gary Ballance's prospects of a Test recall at Lord's next month have been given a boost by his appointment as England Lions captain for their three-day tour match against South Africa at Worcester

ESPNcricinfo staff

Middlesex v Yorkshire, Specsavers Championship Div Two, Lord's, Day 3

Murtagh puts seal on crushing Middlesex win

Jun 21, 2017: On the day of the summer solstice, the reigning county champions have their first victory of summer. Yorkshire were not defeated so much as eviscerated

Tim Wigmore at Lord's

Middlesex v Yorkshire, Specsavers Championship Div Two, Lord's, Day 2

Beleaguered Yorkshire brace for a thrashing

Jun 20, 2017: Yorkshire have lost to Middlesex in remarkable contests on each of their last three visits to Lord's. This time, they might simply be thrashed.

Tim Wigmore at Lord's

Somerset v Yorkshire, Specsavers Championship Div One, Taunton, 3rd day

Ballance and Abell: a tale of two captains

Jun 11, 2017: Yorkshire's captain once again came to the fore, but Somerset survived an early collapse to set up a fascinating final day

David Hopps at Taunton

England news

Cook's one-day form earns North-South spot

May 18, 2017: Alastair Cook's impressive form in the Royal London Cup has earned him an automatic spot in next year's North v South one-day series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Yorkshire v Leicestershire, Royal London Cup, North Group, Headingley

Rafiq's intervention makes the difference

May 16, 2017: Yorkshire finished in second place to progress to a quarter-final eliminator following a 20-run victory over Leicestershire at Headingley

ECB Reporters Network

Yorkshire v Lancashire, Royal London Cup, North Group, Headingley

Rashid, Rafiq snuff out Lancashire to claim Roses rights

May 1, 2017: Spin proved to be Yorkshire's route to a comfortable 79-run victory over Lancashire as Adil Rashid and Azeem Rafiq were at the top of their game on a surface offering a little purchase

David Hopps

Hampshire v Yorkshire, Specsavers Championship Div One, Ageas Bowl, 4th day

Ballance makes Yorkshire history as Hampshire defied

Apr 24, 2017: For all Yorkshire's history, no Yorkshire batsman has ever made two hundreds in a Championship match. Gary Ballance has gone one better - a hundred and a double hundred - to defy Hampshire

Vithushan Ehantharajah at the Ageas Bowl

Hampshire v Yorkshire, Specsavers Championship Div One, Ageas Bowl, 3rd day

Captain Ballance becomes the very stuff of Yorkshire

Apr 23, 2017: There is a long way to go if Gary Ballance's resistance with the bat is to spare Yorkshire a second defeat against Hampshire in three weeks, but his captaincy reputation is growing apace

Vithushan Ehantharajah at the Ageas Bowl
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