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West Indies v England, 2nd ODI, Antigua

Woakes plays down the wizardry as stock grows in England ranks

Mar 6, 2017: Chris Woakes may answer to the nickname of 'Wizard', but the secret of his success is his determination to keep his feet planted firmly to the ground

George Dobell in Barbados

West Indies v England, 2nd ODI, Antigua

Root takes comfort from hard slog to victory

Mar 6, 2017: Joe Root feels the experience of victory in tough circumstances in Antigua will give the side confidence going into the Champions Trophy in June

George Dobell

West Indies v England, 2nd ODI, Antigua

Root, Woakes avert collapse as England seal series

Mar 5, 2017: Joe Root and Chris Woakes put on an unbroken stand of 102 to lift England to a four-wicket win over West Indies and seal the three-match series

The Report by George Dobell

WICB President's XI v England XI, Tour match, St Kitts

Woakes saves England's blushes after middle-order collapse

Feb 27, 2017: Chris Woakes wasn't the England allrounder who gained the most attention in the IPL auction, but he proved his value to England once again with a match-winning contribution in St Kitts

George Dobell in St Kitts

IPL 2017

Stokes, Woakes, Buttler to miss Ireland ODIs

Feb 21, 2017: Ben Stokes will be available to his new IPL franchise, Rising Pune Supergiants, for the full six-week group stage of the competition

ESPNcricinfo staff

India v England, 3rd ODI, Kolkata

Morgan praises Woakes' last-over nerve

Jan 22, 2017: England captain Eoin Morgan lauded Chris Woakes' 'brilliant' comeback in the last over in which the seamer sealed their five-run win in a 2-1 series loss

Vishal Dikshit at Eden Gardens

India v England, 2nd ODI, Cuttack

Yuvraj and Dhoni produce a sequel for the ages

Jan 19, 2017: Some of India's finest wins have come with Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni in harness at the crease. At Cuttack they rolled back the years to extraordinary effect

Vishal Dikshit at Cuttack

India v England, 2nd ODI, Cuttack

Morgan takes no satisfaction as England's brave chase falls short

Jan 19, 2017: England captain rues the loss of control with the ball as India seal the ODI series after escaping from another tough start to their innings

Vishal Dikshit at Cuttack

ODI batting nominees

Big chases? Too easy

Jan 11, 2017: One-day batting just got bigger and better in 2016, as our shortlist of the best performances of the year shows

Nikhil Kalro


Well begun is half-done

Dec 30, 2016: England's bid for the No. 1 Test ranking failed after the second half of their year was spent sliding to defeat in challenging conditions

George Dobell

England in India 2016-17

Hameed shines amid catalogue of underperformance

Dec 21, 2016: From Jennings' breakthrough to Duckett's demise, ESPNcricinfo runs the rule over England's players during their 4-0 series loss in India

George Dobell in Chennai

England in India 2016-17

Woakes suffers 'tiny crack' to thumb

Nov 30, 2016: Chris Woakes has been diagnosed with a small crack in his right thumb sustained while batting in the third Test in Mohali

George Dobell

India v England, 3rd Test, Mohali

England gamble on Buttler to do 'something special'

Nov 25, 2016: England have confirmed that Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes will return to their team for the third Test against India starting in Mohali on Saturday

George Dobell in Mohali

India v England, 3rd Test, Mohali

Ansari, Broad doubtful as England ponder selection

Nov 24, 2016: Zafar Ansari has joined Stuart Broad as an injury doubt ahead of the third Test after both players missed training in Mohali on Thursday

George Dobell in Mohali

India v England, 2nd Test, Visakhapatnam

England face tricky decision over resting Woakes

Nov 16, 2016: England face a late selection quandary over the inclusion of Chris Woakes in the team for the second Test against India

George Dobell in Visakhapatnam

India v England, 1st Test, Rajkot, 3rd day

Pujara reads the script to thrill his home crowd

Nov 11, 2016: Cheteshwar Pujara gave the crowd the very thing they would have been hoping for since they realised Test cricket was finally coming to Rajkot

Alagappan Muthu in Rajkot

India v England, 1st Test, Rajkot, 3rd day

No lack of resolve as England attack plays the long game

Nov 11, 2016: Despite the lack of tangible reward on a tough third day, England's seamers and spinners both displayed an admirable attitude to keep India waiting

George Dobell in Rajkot

Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test, Dhaka, 2nd day

England allrounders disguise same failings

Oct 29, 2016: This time it was Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid who produced a stirring England comeback, but such recoveries are a reminder of long-standing weaknesses

George Dobell in Mirpur

Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 2nd day

Woakes reprieved by controversial no-ball

Oct 29, 2016: Bangladesh thought they had enjoyed a moment of fortune when Chris Woakes pulled a big full toss to midwicket, but the TV umpire denied them

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 2nd day

Bangladesh in front after fluctuating day

Oct 29, 2016: Bangladesh fought themselves into a promising position in the second Test, leading by 128 runs and hopeful of setting England a significant fourth-innings target to chase on a wearing surface

The Report by Alan Gardner
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