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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

England v India, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford, 3rd day

Young England growing up fast

Aug 9, 2014: The turnaround in England's fortunes since defeat at Lord's has been remarkable and testament to the faith Alastair Cook has shown in several new players

Mark Nicholas at Old Trafford

England v India, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford

Cook's subtle skills inspire England

Aug 5, 2014: His captaincy may never be associated with tactical genius or stirring words but Alastair Cook's style of leadership is appreciated by his players

George Dobell in Manchester

England v India, 3rd Investec Test, Ageas Bowl, 5th day

England find their upward curve

Jul 31, 2014: There will doubtless be tough days ahead but England appear to have turned a corner. ESPNcricinfo assesses where the team is after levelling the series

George Dobell at the Ageas Bowl

England v India, 3rd Investec Test, Ageas Bowl, 2nd day

Encouragement for England - but no more

Jul 28, 2014: Gary Ballance, Ian Bell and Jos Buttler piled on the pain for India but luck played its part and judgement should be reserved for tougher tests

George Dobell at the Ageas Bowl

England v India, 3rd Investec Test, Ageas Bowl, 2nd day

Gary Ballance: England's undercover agent

Jul 28, 2014: England's Zimbabwe-born No. 3 flew under the radar almost until his debut - but the world is watching now

Mark Nicholas at the Ageas Bowl

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's 5th day

Hapless England victims of failing system

Jul 21, 2014: Previous England inadequacies were masked by a handful of excellent players but now the national side are showing the results of an environment too cosy for those whose faces fit and one that ostracises the rest

George Dobell at Lord's

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day

'I was probably a bit naive' - Ballance

Jul 18, 2014: It was been an 'interesting' week for England's No. 3 but the only aspect of it that should really matter is how he is slotting into a key position in the batting order

George Dobell at Lord's

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day

Cook's descent into private hell

Jul 18, 2014: Eventually, with the batting failures accumulating and his captaincy not compensating, the reasons for persisting with Alastair Cook are wearing out

George Dobell at Lord's

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day

Bhuvneshwar counters Ballance century

Jul 18, 2014: Another failure for Alastair Cook, an increasingly beleaguered England captain, followed by a long, hard grind on London's hottest day of the year: this Lord's Test match Friday was never going to grant its favours easily

The Report by David Hopps

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's

Ballance enjoying the challenge of No. 3

Jul 15, 2014: Jonathan Trott was always going to be a tough man to replace at No. 3, but the early signs are that in Gary Ballance England have someone with the all-round game to take hold of the position

Andrew McGlashan

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, 2nd day

Old-school Robson plays it perfectly

Jun 21, 2014: As the home side stumbled in the final session the value of Sam Robson's maiden Test hundred, a model in concentration and self-denial, became clear

George Dobell at Headingley

England v Sri Lanka, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day

Sangakkara a maestro in convoluted drama

Jun 16, 2014: In a match to highlight all that is great about Test cricket Kumar Sangakarra showed his class and without him Sri Lanka were done for

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

England v Sri Lanka, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 1st day

Ballance channels his Trott, then his KP

Jun 15, 2014: As Kevin Pietersen watched on, Gary Ballance produced a maiden century with many qualities of the man he has replaced, Jonathan Trott

Andrew McGlashan at Lord's

England v Sri Lanka, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Ballance ton shores up England

Jun 15, 2014: Gary Ballance made his maiden Test hundred after Sri Lanka briefly transformed the complacent mood of the first Test with a wonderful bowling performance

The Report by David Hopps

England v Sri Lanka, 1st Investec Test, Lord's

Cook confirms Bell, Ballance roles

Jun 11, 2014: The eve of England's first Test in six months did not see Alastair Cook rip up his usual script and name his XI early but he did reveal two noteworthy pieces of information about Ian Bell and Gary Ballance

Andrew McGlashan

England v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Lord's

Root thinks differently to down Dilshan

May 31, 2014: ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the 4th ODI

Andrew McGlashan at Lord's

England v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, The Oval

All-round Jordan brings a smile back to England

May 22, 2014: A superb all-round performance from Chris Jordan, who smashed 38 off 13 balls then took three wickets, spearheaded England's 81-run win against Sri Lanka

The Report by David Hopps
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