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England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 5th day

Burnout worries after deathly slog

Jul 13, 2014: The opening Test ended with the levity of Alastair Cook taking a Test wicket in a match where his captaincy showed encouraging signs but England should be assisted more by their system rather than hindered

George Dobell at Trent Bridge

England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 5th day

Signs a corner has been turned by England

Jul 13, 2014: The hosts appeared to play with a different attitude at Trent Bridge. No longer was there a sense that the game owed them. They just got on with it and Alastair Cook played the match with a smile on his face

Mark Nicholas at Trent Bridge

Dhoni wins the first round in the captaincy battle

Jul 13, 2014: India's and England's captains have both taken some inexplicable decisions in the first Test at Trent Bridge. But Dhoni managed to take advantage of the hosts' frail line-up

Ian Chappell

England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

The joy of one, the pain of another

Jul 10, 2014: The No. 11 of India's order did something the No. 1 of England's order can only dream of at the moment: score a Test fifty

Jarrod Kimber at Trent Bridge

England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

Cook's dismissal betrays frazzled mind

Jul 10, 2014: Some may say that the England captain's dismissal was unlucky, but it was the latest example of the demons he is battling as the form slump grows longer

George Dobell at Trent Bridge

England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge

Cook's captaincy future on the line

Jul 8, 2014: Alastair Cook's qualities as England captain have been widely debated. England's five-Test series against India is about to determine his future

George Dobell

India in England 2014

Five key head-to-heads

Jul 7, 2014: From two embattled captains to the challenge for India's openers against the new ball, ESPNcricinfo picks five contests that could determine the series

Alan Gardner

India in England 2014

Defensive captains' extended test

Jul 3, 2014: The duration of the Test series will allow Alastair Cook and MS Dhoni to reassess the strategies, or provide enough time to get thoroughly exposed

Sidharth Monga

India in England 2014

Shastri wants India to 'go for' Cook

Jul 1, 2014: Ravi Shastri has called on India to make Alastair Cook's life "as tough as they can" when the Investec Test series between England and India gets underway next week at Trent Bridge

Andrew McGlashan

Indecisive Cook hurting England

Jun 29, 2014: The team's constant failure to convert good positions has led to players losing confidence in their captain

Ian Chappell

England and the age of denial

Jun 28, 2014: When a player like Alastair Cook fronts the press so often, spinning a contrived message is the only option, especially when vulnerable

Martin Crowe

England cricket

The case for Cook's defence

Jun 27, 2014: Half a dozen reasons why Alastair Cook should keep padding away the king of Australian spin

Alan Gardner

England news

Warne tells Cook: 'Take a rest'

Jun 27, 2014: Shane Warne has stepped up his criticism of Alastair Cook's captaincy, insisting that his leadership of England at Headingley represented the worst day of international captaincy he had witnessed in 25 years

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka in England 2014

Moores backs Cook's 'steel'

Jun 25, 2014: Does a slump in batting form affect captaincy? "That's the million dollar question," said England's coach Peter Moores as the entrails of England's series defeat against Sri Lanka were examined

David Hopps

India in England 2014

Underfire Cook gets unexpected support

Jun 25, 2014: Duncan Fletcher and MS Dhoni backed an embattled Alastair Cook ahead of their first warm-up game in England

Nagraj Gollapudi

Sri Lanka in England 2014

Batting offers promise but captain concerns

Jun 25, 2014: A new-look England side came within one wicket of winning at Lord's and two balls of salvaging a drawn series at Headingley, but while there were promising signs there also remain significant worries

George Dobell

England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day

The tale of two balls, one winner and a piece of history

Jun 24, 2014: With two balls remaining at Lord's, Nuwan Pradeep was saved by an inside edge (and the DRS). A little over a week later, with two balls remaining at Leeds, James Anderson fended a bouncer to decide the series

Mark Nicholas

England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley

'I never quit on anything' - Cook

Jun 24, 2014: Alastair Cook has acknowledged that time may not be on his side as he battles to turnaround his form after two more disappointing innings against Sri Lanka

George Dobell at Headingley

England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 4th day

Bell defends Cook captaincy

Jun 23, 2014: Ian Bell has rejected the suggestion Alastair Cook is on the brink of resigning the England captaincy and said it was the performance of the players rather than any tactical shortcomings that have cost the side in Leeds

George Dobell at Headingley

England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 4th day

England's comedy of errors

Jun 23, 2014: It was not hard to spot England's mistakes on a day when they even ran out of stupid ideas

Jarrod Kimber at Headingley
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