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Test batting nominees

From Bangalore to Brisbane

Jan 15, 2018: The best Test batting performances of the year span venues from across the continents

Alagappan Muthu

Australia v England, 1st ODI, Melbourne

Roy's record-breaking 180 leads England to handsome victory

Jan 13, 2018: Jason Roy surpassed Alex Hales' mark for England highest ODI innings in the highest successful chase at the MCG

The Report by Daniel Brettig

IPL 2018

Joe Root joins the IPL in-crowd

Jan 13, 2018: There are many good reasons for Joe Root to enter the IPL auction, but his inclusion begs several questions that cricket must answer

David Hopps

Why we need tough first-class matches before and during the Ashes

Jan 11, 2018: There is nothing wrong with the home team winning more often than not, but there is a long-term threat in the visiting team not competing

Mark Nicholas

England in Australia and NZ, T20 Tri-series

Root in IPL dilemma after declining T20 down-time

Jan 9, 2018: Test captain turned down Trevor Bayliss' offer of rest and could put name forward for IPL auction on January 27-28

David Hopps

Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney

Tea and sympathy won't suffice as England face up to another drubbing

Jan 8, 2018: Stoicism is an admirable trait that serves the country well, but it's time to get really rather cross about the state of English cricket

George Dobell at Sydney

Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney

The futile finale of a drained Joe Root

Jan 8, 2018: Joe Root started the Ashes with boyish optimism but finished it asleep in the dressing-room, ill and exhausted after a tour of perpetual scrutiny and failure

Jarrod Kimber at Sydney

The Ashes 2017-18

Moeen's horror, Broad's toil, and Malan's silver lining

Jan 8, 2018: It was another bruising Ashes campaign down under for England who had moments in each of the five Tests they couldn't take advantage of. Have any players left with enhanced reputations and who is looking over their shoulder?

George Dobell

Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney

Root taken to hospital with gastroenteritis

Jan 7, 2018: Joe Root, the England captain, was admitted to hospital in Sydney, suffering from severe dehydration

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T20 Tri-series in Australia and New Zealand

Vince handed chance to restate credentials

Jan 7, 2018: Stokes once again selected, subject to police investigation, as Moeen and Bairstow are rested after Ashes

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The cracks are showing

Jan 5, 2018: There are structural flaws in the English game and those will have an effect, no matter how many reasons for celebration off the field

Andrew Miller

Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, 1st day

Starc and Hazlewood strike late as England waste hard work

Jan 4, 2018: It was as if this day was a microcosm of England's batting throughout their whole disappointing Ashes tour as they let a promising position slip

Report by Brydon Coverdale

The Ashes 2017-18

Ashes captaincy in Australia? Bring it on again, says Root

Jan 2, 2018: Tired, drawn and stung by defeat, Joe Root is adamant he would love another crack at the England captaincy in Australia in four years' time

George Dobell in Sydney

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 5th day

'It's a shame it's taken until now' - Root

Dec 30, 2017: There was no victory for England, but Joe Root could at least take consolation from a side that had finally competed with Australia

George Dobell in Melbourne

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

Cook's masterful 244* builds commanding lead

Dec 28, 2017: Alastair Cook scored his fifth Test double century and added 100 for the ninth-wicket with Stuart Broad as England seized control of the fourth Test

Report by Brydon Coverdale

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 2nd day

Cook's drought-breaking hundred puts England on top

Dec 27, 2017: Alastair Cook scored his first Ashes hundred since January 2011 to back up excellent work from England's pace attack on a day where the visitors dominated

Report by Brydon Coverdale

Australia v England, The Ashes 2017-18, 4th Test, MCG

Tom Curran's competitive streak behind Test debut - Root

Dec 25, 2017: The 22-year-old bowler will replace the injured Craig Overton and will make his debut in the Boxing Day Test in front of a first-day crowd that could exceed 90,000

George Dobell at the MCG

Joe Root, you've got to listen to Dawid Malan

Dec 24, 2017: The England captain repeatedly turns to Broad and Anderson for advice, but it's the aggressive mindset of a newbie that will serve him better

Ian Chappell

The Ashes 2017-18

England need 'little boy' Root to step up - Ponting

Dec 23, 2017: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has suggested that the England dressing room is "soft" and Joe Root has looked like "a little boy" in charge of the side

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Bradman, Headley, Sutcliffe, Pollock… Smith?

Dec 19, 2017: There is much of the all-time greats in the Australian captain

Mark Nicholas
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