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West Indies v England, 1st Test, North Sound, 4th day

England's reliable new Volvo

Apr 16, 2015: Gary Ballance is one of several admirable young members of England's side, and it defies belief that there was talk of his position being in danger

George Dobell at North Sound

West Indies v England, 1st Test, North Sound, 4th day

Ballance hundred sets up victory push

Apr 16, 2015: England toiled hard to extract two of the ten wickets they hunted for victory in the opening Test on a dying surface, gaining a huge lift late in the day courtesy of a breathtaking slip catch from Chris Jordan, after leaving West Indies a target of 438

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

Wisden Cricketers of the Year 2015

Gary Ballance

Apr 8, 2015: Wisden Cricketers' Almanack: Cricketer of the year

Tanya Aldred

England in West Indies 2015

Strong Yorkshire, strong England

Mar 18, 2015: The presence of six Yorkshire players in England's Test squad will be cause for a justified outpouring of pride

David Hopps

New Zealand v England, World Cup 2015, Group A, Wellington

Ballance not a one-day cricketer - Holding

Feb 20, 2015: Michael Holding has questioned whether Gary Ballance's last-minute inclusion at No 3 is the right World Cup call for England after they crashed to a spectacular defeat against New Zealand in Wellington

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia v England, World Cup 2015, Group A, Melbourne

Woakes drop betrays England panic

Feb 14, 2015: England's late change of line-up, batting order and new-ball bowling undermined their recent preparations and seemed to affect the players on the pitch

George Dobell at the MCG

World Cup 2015

Australia pokes fun at England suckers

Feb 12, 2015: England's recent ODI record in Australia leaves little room for optimism but a new team, encouraged to play with freedom, is desperate to perform well on the biggest stage of all

George Dobell in Melbourne

World Cup 2015

'Malinga is probably the best ever death bowler'

Feb 7, 2015: Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali talk about their World Cup memories and pick out their stars - past and future - of ODI cricket

George Dobell and Melinda Farrell

Carlton Mid ODI Tri-Series 2014-15

Ballance suffers fractured finger

Jan 17, 2015: England batsman Gary Ballance has suffered a fractured finger in Australia but is expected to be fit for the World Cup. There will not be an additional batsman called into the squad for the on-going tri series

ESPNcricinfo staff

England news

Underdogs England still possess bite

Jan 6, 2015: Peter Moores painted an optimistic picture of England's World Cup chances as the team set off at the start of a gruelling year of international competition

George Dobell

World Cup 2015

Ballance recalled, Stokes dropped for World Cup

Dec 20, 2014: Gary Ballance is the player to benefit from Alastair Cook's sacking as one-day captain after he was named in England's World Cup squad. Ben Stokes and Harry Gurney have also been omitted from the team that was recently in Sri Lanka

ESPNcricinfo staff

ICC news

Mitchell Johnson claims top ICC awards

Nov 14, 2014: Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has won the top ICC awards for 2013-14, being named the Cricketer of the Year, as well as Test Cricketer of the Year

ESPNcricinfo staff

Yorkshire v Somerset, Headingley, 3rd day

Birthday-boy Lyth helps Yorkshire fight back

Sep 25, 2014: Yorkshire opener Adam Lyth celebrated his 27th birthday with yet another fine batting display on the third day of the new title-holders match against Somerset at Headingley

Press Association

England news

England refreshed for demanding slog

Sep 11, 2014: The new faces on England's central contracts list reflect the end of a period of great upheaval, as well as the punishing schedule over the next 12 months

Andrew McGlashan

England news

Moeen, Jordan among six new central contracts

Sep 11, 2014: The ECB has awarded central contracts to six new players, Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire, Trent Bridge, 1st day

Lyth's poise brings prize closer

Sep 9, 2014: Perhaps if the Yorkshire team had stumbled across buried treasure or shared a lottery win, this match could have begun even better.

George Dobell at Trent Bridge

Yorkshire v Durham, Royal London Cup quarter-final, Headingley

Durham burst Yorkshire's bubble

Aug 28, 2014: Yorkshire will rue their elimination from the Royal London Cup, comfortably beaten by Durham despite home advantage in this quarter final

David Hopps at Headingley

England news

'No chance' England will win World Cup - Swann

Aug 25, 2014: Graeme Swann and Michael Vaughan have joined forces to condemn England's selection and strategy heading into the 2015 World Cup

David Hopps

England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 2nd day

Do England stick or twist with Robson?

Aug 16, 2014: A number of holes in England's Test team have been filled, but the second opening slot has not been nailed down. A tricky decision will need to be made with an Ashes looming next year

George Dobell at The Oval

England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 2nd day

Root takes England into huge lead

Aug 16, 2014: Joe Root's sparky, unbeaten 92 ensured England remained in complete control at The Oval despite a mid-afternoon fightback from India

Report by David Hopps
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