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England v West Indies, 1st Investec Test, Edgbaston, 1st day

Easy pickings for England show how times have changed

Aug 17, 2017: Alastair Cook and Joe Root scored two of their softer hundreds against a West Indies attack low on confidence and quality

George Dobell at Edgbaston

England v West Indies, 1st Investec Test, Edgbaston, 1st day

Cook doffs cap to 'phenomenal' Root

Aug 17, 2017: Alastair Cook conceded that the performance of the day had come from his sidekick and successor as captain, Joe Root

Andrew Miller at Edgbaston

England v West Indies, 1st Investec Test, Edgbaston

Cook and Root cast West Indies into the darkness

Aug 17, 2017: As day turned to night a familiar figure made light of the creeping darkness to leave England in the pink

The Report by Andrew Miller

England v West Indies, 1st Investec Test, Edgbaston

Past perfect makes West Indies' present tense

Aug 16, 2017: West Indies can call on some great memories at Edgbaston but they will start as underdogs against an England side on the up

George Dobell

England v West Indies, 1st Investec Test, Edgbaston

Root shoulders the demands of the England captaincy

Aug 13, 2017: Joe Root is discovering the relentless demands made on an England captain - and that is even before he begins to think about the Ashes

George Dobell

England v West Indies, 1st Investec Test, Edgbaston

Root rues England's top-order shortcomings

Aug 11, 2017: Joe Root has admitted the idea of his moving back into England's top three was discussed ahead of naming a squad for the Investec Test series against West Indies

George Dobell

Root or du Plessis: who would you rather be?

Aug 11, 2017: The England captain largely has the personnel to give expression to his dynamic leadership. His South African counterpart faces trickier circumstances

Mark Nicholas

England v South Africa, 4th Test, Old Trafford

Root revels in success but urges more from team

Aug 8, 2017: England bounced back from the Trent Bridge defeat with mature performances in the last two Tests and with the Ashes on the horizon, Joe Root is keen to harness that attitude consistently

George Dobell at Old Trafford

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

Root poise hides England batting flaws

Aug 6, 2017: England look to be on the brink of a 3-1 series win over South Africa - but their worries over the make-up of the top five haven't gone away

George Dobell at Old Trafford

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

Philander leaves England feeling queasy

Jul 27, 2017: Vernon Philander became ill shortly before the start of the Test but it did not stop him producing three high-class spells of seam bowling

Firdose Moonda at The Oval

Why shouldn't the captain get the coach of his choice?

Jul 23, 2017: If you have the right person to lead the team on the field, the rest will follow

Ian Chappell

It's time to rediscover Test-match batting

Jul 19, 2017: England's recklessness in the name of positivity is a sign that the art of batting in the longest format is no longer given due attention

Mark Nicholas

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge

Root shocked by Vaughan condemnation of England's 'lack of respect' for Test cricket

Jul 17, 2017: Michael Vaughan, Joe Root's boyhood hero, has branded England's batting "appalling" and suggested it was born from "a lack of respect" for the values of Test cricket.

George Dobell

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

England on the ropes as they begin long trek towards target of 474

Jul 16, 2017: South Africa squeezed the pulp from England's attack in the second Investec Test with a resolution that has set them up for victory at Trent Bridge, and potentially left a few psychological marks

The Report by David Hopps

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

South Africa take control after Root dismissal sparks collapse

Jul 15, 2017: Faf du Plessis had cause to anticipate a satisfying return to the Test captaincy as South Africa took a potentially decisive first-innings lead of 130

The Report by David Hopps

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

England ride luck as Root learns ropes

Jul 14, 2017: Things were never going to be as easy as Lord's but Joe Root looked up to the demands of captaincy as England battled in the field

George Dobell at Trent Bridge

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge

Cook gets acquainted to life back in England's ranks

Jul 12, 2017: Alastair Cook insists he has no regrets after giving up the England captaincy, but admitted there were just a couple of poignant moments during the Lord's Test

George Dobell at Trent Bridge

When Moeen trumped Sobers, and most wickets in a day

Jul 11, 2017: Was Joe Root's 190 the highest score by a batsman in his first Test as captain?

Steven Lynch
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