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The Investec Ashes 2015

Broad and Root England's difference

Aug 24, 2015: ESPNcricinfo rates the England players involved in the Ashes series

George Dobell

Sussex v Yorkshire, LV= Championship, Division One, Hove, 2nd day

Joyce backs Rashid Test claims after duel

Aug 22, 2015: Ed Joyce scored a fine century after Gary Ballance's 165 guided Yorkshire to 494 on the second day at Hove

Tim Wigmore at Hove

Sussex v Yorkshire, LV= Championship, Division One, Hove, 1st day

Ballance shows poise to rebuild Yorkshire

Aug 21, 2015: After being dropped by England Gary Ballance had vowed that he would have the confidence not to remodel his game. He has remained true to his word and, in an era of stultifying over-analysis, that shows a certain courage

Tim Wigmore at Hove

England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Edgbaston, 3rd day

Buoyant England face tricky decisions

Jul 31, 2015: England's selectors can reflect proudly on their decisions for the Edgbaston Test, but they will really earn their money in deciding who replaces James Anderson and what to do about an opener

George Dobell at Edgbaston

Surrey v Yorkshire, Royal London Cup, Group A, Kia Oval

Ansari stars as Surrey hold off Yorkshire

Jul 29, 2015: Gary Ballance hit his second fifty in three days after being dropped by England but it was not enough to prevent Yorkshire from losing to Surrey by six runs in the Royal London Cup

ECB/PA

England v Australia, 3rd Investec Ashes Test, Edgbaston

End of African era for England

Jul 28, 2015: The third Investec Ashes Test will mark the end of an era for English cricket. For the first time since the fourth Test against West Indies in Antigua in 2004, 139 matches ago, England will take the field in a Test match without a player born in southern

Will Macpherson at Edgbaston

Derbyshire v Yorkshire, Royal London Cup, Group A, Derby

Ballance makes confidence-boosting runs

Jul 27, 2015: Gary Ballance eased his England disappointment by inspiring Yorkshire to a seven-run Duckworth-Lewis victory over Derbyshire in a rain-affected Royal London Cup game at Derby

ECB/PA

Backward steps costing Ballance

Jul 25, 2015: His habit of moving deep into his crease has challenged right-arm fast bowlers. The same can't be said of the left-armers

Aakash Chopra

The Investec Ashes 2015

Ballance dropped, Bairstow recalled

Jul 21, 2015: Gary Ballance has been dropped for the third Investec Test against Australia with Jonny Bairstow earning a recall in his place

ESPNcricinfo staff

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Ballance most vulnerable after England blown away

Jul 19, 2015: England weren't just beaten, they were blown away. The selectors will not want to show signs of panic but none of the struggling batsmen should be surprised if they are dropped

George Dobell at Lord's

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Ashes Test, Lord's, 2nd day

Top-order trapeze act puts England in peril

Jul 17, 2015: Too often have England been three down for not many and this time Joe Root was unable to provide the safety net

George Dobell at Lord's

Get Root higher up at No. 3

Jul 12, 2015: England should look to make the most of his potential because unlike Gary Ballance, he does not get bogged down against pace or spin

Ian Chappell

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Cardiff

England's evolution faces a litmus test

Jul 7, 2015: What is truth and what is fiction about this England Test side? The next few weeks will show us, but for all the talk of youthful exuberance they will need senior players to lift and a good start is vital

George Dobell in Cardiff

New Zealand in England 2015

Bell, Ballance and Moeen worries ahead of Ashes

Jun 3, 2015: A stunning fightback at Lord's as followed by a performance at Headingley which reminded how much work remains for England, but the captain was back in fine form

George Dobell

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day

England search for elusive ruthlessness

Jun 2, 2015: There are seven young or inexperienced players in this England team. Inconsistency is inevitable. They are going to require patience if they are to fulfil their potential

George Dobell at Headingley

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 4th day

Moeen, catching among England's problems to solve

Jun 1, 2015: ESPNcricinfo looks at the dilemmas facing the England selectors in the coming weeks

George Dobell at Headingley

England in West Indies 2015

Anderson leads yet again but woe for Mo

May 4, 2015: The series against West Indies showed England what they already knew: trouble with a second opener, a paucity of spin options and the importance of James Anderson

George Dobell

West Indies v England, 2nd Test, St George's, 5th day

Fire in the belly ignites on time for England

Apr 26, 2015: England remain outsiders to win back the Ashes, but a rousing overseas victory on a docile pitch on the fifth day showed they are making progress

George Dobell in Grenada

West Indies v England, 2nd Test, St George's, 3rd day

England's new generation build on the old guard

Apr 23, 2015: After a prolonged winter of poor results, England's spring is starting to bloom with a group of young players suggesting qualities for healthy Test careers

George Dobell in Grenada

West Indies v England, 2nd Test, St George's, 3rd day

Root hundred puts England in charge

Apr 23, 2015: A sixth Test hundred from Joe Root helped England to a position of increasing dominance in Grenada, as they wore down West Indies during an extended day in the field

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