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Worcestershire v Essex, New Road, 2nd day

Will Joe Clarke be the gamble that Ed Smith can't resist?

May 12, 2018: Joe Clarke's latest century will have alerted the new England selector Ed Smith, but would a call-up be too much, too soon?

Jon Culley at New Road

The future of English cricket

The marginalisation of Alastair Cook, England's anonymous titan

Apr 30, 2018: The career of England's leading run-scorer epitomises an era in which English cricket has been divorced from popular culture, and the ECB are now paying the price

Andrew Miller

Hampshire v Essex, Ageas Bowl, 4th day

Cook tunes up for another demanding summer

Apr 30, 2018: Alastair Cook looked to have suffered no lasting effects from a testing winter as he returned to Essex's Championship side with familiar certainty

ECB Reporters Network

England news

England 'suspected' Australia ball-tampering during Ashes

Apr 24, 2018: Alastair Cook has admitted England were curious about how Australia got the ball to reverse-swing on the final day of the Perth Test after heavy rain

Andrew Miller

England news

Bayliss wants greater competition for batting spots

Apr 4, 2018: England's head coach has hinted that the batting line-up is unlikely to change much for the series against Pakistan in May, despite few of the issues being resolved over the winter

Andrew McGlashan

England news

Root to get close-up view of Cook's convalescence

Apr 3, 2018: Alastair Cook will attempt to restate his England credentials in front of the England captain, Joe Root, in one of the Championship's most attractive early-season fixtures

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand v England, 2nd test, Christchurch, 3rd day

Cook's leanest series stirs talk of future

Apr 2018: Another cheap dismissal pushing at Trent Boult extended Alastair Cook's run of indifferent form - but it never pays to write off England's leading Test run-scorer

Andrew McGlashan in Christchurch

England in New Zealand 2017-18

Cook hopes to banish dark times under Auckland's lights

Mar 17, 2018: Alastair Cook knows that he still has much to prove at the top of England's order despite a memorable double-century in Melbourne

Andrew McGlashan

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

The Ashes 2017-18

Ranking England's Australian nightmares

Jan 10, 2018: In eight completed Ashes tours since 1986-87, England have won one series and lost seven by thumping margins. But which have had saving graces, and which have been unmitigated shockers?

Andrew Miller

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

England

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, 4th Test, Melbourne, 4th day

A pitch that saps Australia's will to win

Dec 29, 2017: Darren Lehmann had few thoughts of an Australian victory at the start of the day and a sluggish MCG pitch did nothing to challenge that view

Daniel Brettig in Melbourne

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

Warner, Smith and the rain frustrate England's push

Dec 29, 2017: Alastair Cook carried his bat for 244 not out but England's hopes of victory were hampered by the weather and some obdurate batting

Report by Brydon Coverdale

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

Glutton for punishment... Cook shows appetite of old

Dec 28, 2017: Alastair Cook gobbled up several more records during one of his most memorable Test knocks - suggesting there could still be plenty more to come

George Dobell at the MCG

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne

Cook's double delight puts him in elite company

Dec 28, 2017: Stats highlights from an eventful third day at Melbourne, where Alastair Cook recorded his second double-century in Australia

Gaurav Sundararaman

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 'hurt and frustrated' at failure to influence series

Dec 27, 2017: Alastair Cook said he was proud to have showcased once again his ability to "go to the well" in recording his 32nd Test century

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

Cook can now determine his future on his own terms

Dec 27, 2017: Alastair Cook emerged from a troubled phase of his career to reassert the qualities that have served England well for so long

George Dobell in Melbourne

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
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