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Who should England pick for the Ashes?

Sep 21, 2017: It is a task both easy and difficult. The unusual problem is that the difficult part is to do with key positions in the order

Mark Nicholas

County news

'This makes up for all the years of struggle' - Ryan ten Doeschate on Essex glory

Sep 15, 2017: Essex knew the Championship was theirs last night and it was confirmed as they drove down the motorway back to Chelmsford where they were greeted by supporters and started to reflect on what the title means

Alan Gardner at Chelmsford

England news

Broad to have scan on heel as Ashes hopefuls return to county action

Sep 10, 2017: Tom Westley and Mark Stoneman will have three Championship matches to further their Ashes case, while Dawid Malan will play two following the T20I against West Indies

ESPNcricinfo staff

England news

England won't win Ashes with 'terrible' catching - Bayliss

Sep 10, 2017: England dropped at least 14 chances against West Indies and the head coach also admitted they are no nearer knowing their best top order

George Dobell

England v West Indies, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

The good, the bad, and the ugly of England's series win

Sep 9, 2017: England's series victory over West Indies is a cause for self-congratulation in the short term. But there are several issues that remain to be resolved ahead of the Ashes

George Dobell at Lord's

England v West Indies, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

England can do 'something really special' - Root

Sep 9, 2017: Having overseen back-to-back Test series wins in his first summer in charge - the first time England have beaten both touring sides since 2013 - Joe Root was in understandably upbeat mood

Alan Gardner at Lord's

England v West Indies, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's

Surprise decider highlights England's arrested development

Sep 6, 2017: England face an obviously encouraged West Indies side and the realisation that they will go to Australia unsure of several positions in their first-choice XI

George Dobell at Lord's

England v West Indies, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's

Surprise decider highlights England's arrested development

Sep 6, 2017: England face an obviously encouraged West Indies side and the realisation that they will go to Australia unsure of several positions in their first-choice XI

George Dobell at Lord's

England v West Indies, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's

Focus on Westley in England's unchanged squad

Aug 30, 2017: England's latest No. 3 has had a lean run against West Indies but could have one more shot at earning a place on the Ashes tour

Alan Gardner

England v West Indies, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 3rd day

England's haphazard fightback

Aug 27, 2017: The third day ended with England having wiped off a sizeable deficit with plenty of batting to come, but their way back into the match wasn't smooth

Alan Gardner at Headingley

England v West Indies, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 1st day

England's fallible top-order fails to change the record

Aug 25, 2017: England's top-order plays the same familiar refrain, as West Indies' best day of the series doesn't quite finish with them in command

Alan Gardner at Headingley

England v West Indies, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley

Westley trusts the game he knows to work in Tests

Aug 23, 2017: England's new No. 3 has not looked out of his depth early in his Test career and is determined to maintain a relaxed approach to the pressure

Alan Gardner

England v West Indies, 1st Investec Test, Edgbaston

England learn nothing from thrashing soft West Indies

Aug 20, 2017: It tells you much about the current state of world cricket that Edgbaston had only budgeted for a three-day Test

George Dobell

England v South Africa, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford

Honours even as Rabada rocks England with late strike

Aug 4, 2017: An absorbing day of Test-match cut and thrust finished with honours more or less even but with South Africa over-flowing with belief, thanks to a searing yorker from the final ball of Kagiso Rabada's day

The Report by Andrew Miller

England v South Africa, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford

Root still working out the England team he wants

Aug 3, 2017: There is a Test series to win, and another to follow, but minds are starting to drift towards the Ashes series and the questions still looming over England

David Hopps at Old Trafford

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

Seeds of England victory sown long before hat-trick finish

Jul 31, 2017: Toby Roland-Jones, who had a starring role on his Test debut, came through a scheme that is under threat

George Dobell at The Oval

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

Bayliss remains unconvinced of need for eight batsmen

Jul 31, 2017: Steven Finn has replaced the injured Mark Wood in England's squad for the final Test against South Africa while Liam Dawson remains in the frame

George Dobell at The Oval

England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval, 4th day

Elgar shows resolves as England eye series lead

Jul 30, 2017: Dean Elgar's unbeaten 72 helped lift South Africa from 52 for 4 but they had plenty of work to do to save the game on the final day after England set them 492 or four sessions to bat

The Report by David Hopps

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

Cook stands firm after Philander threatens England again

Jul 27, 2017: Recklessness was the charge laid against England after their double collapse at Trent Bridge, but rarely, if ever, has such an accusation been levelled against Alastair Cook

The Report by David Hopps

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

Meet England's new boys

Jul 26, 2017: England will certainly have two debutants at The Oval and could play a third in Dawid Malan. Where have they come from and why have they been selected?

George Dobell
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