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England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 1st day

Promoted Root embodies what England must be

May 21, 2015: Starting this summer as he did the last - with runs at Lord's - Joe Root once again hauled England out of trouble as part of an uplifting middle-order recovery

George Dobell at Lord's

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

England in West Indies 2015

Stokes 'in the mould of Kallis' - Simmons

Apr 29, 2015: West Indies coach Phil Simmons believes allrounder Ben Stokes is the glue that holds the England side together and said he was in the mould of Jacques Kallis

George Dobell in Barbados

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, 2nd day

Broad atones - but what about the future?

Apr 22, 2015: Stuart Broad and James Anderson have served England with distinction but there are valid questions about their continued effectiveness with the new ball

George Dobell in Grenada

West Indies v England, 1st Test, North Sound, 2nd day

West Indies fight but England in control

Apr 14, 2015: The second day of the series involved a similar scenario to the first with West Indies dominating the opening session, but England ending with the advantage

Report by Andrew McGlashan

West Indies v England, 1st Test, North Sound, 1st day

Classy Bell hundred puts England in control

Apr 13, 2015: Ian Bell's 22nd Test hundred helped England recover from a difficult start in Antigua and end the opening day of the series in the ascendency

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

SA A v England Lions, 4th ODI, Pretoria

Stokes hits 15 sixes in World Cup retort

Feb 2, 2015: Ben Stokes struck an unbeaten 151 from 86 balls and then took three wickets to help the Lions to an 89-run win that wrapped up their series against South Africa A

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South Africa A v England Lions, 1st unofficial ODI, Bloemfontein

Stokes and Gurney share seven in win

Jan 25, 2015: Ben Stokes led an impressive England Lions bowling display that ultimately led to victory in the opening one-day match of the limited-overs leg of their South Africa tour.

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Hurricanes v Renegades, BBL 2014-15, Hobart

Stokes, bowlers smother Hurricanes

Jan 7, 2015: A blitzkrieg innings of 77 off just 37 balls from Ben Stokes propelled the Melbourne Renegades to a critical 36-run win against the Hobart Hurricanes at Bellerive Oval

The Report by Freddie Wilde

Big Bash League 2014-15

Ryder out, Stokes in for Melbourne Renegades

Jan 2, 2015: New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder will not turn out for Melbourne Renegades at the Big Bash League this season

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World Cup 2015

Ballance recalled, Stokes dropped for World Cup

Dec 20, 2014: Gary Ballance is the player to benefit from Alastair Cook's sacking as one-day captain after he was named in England's World Cup squad. Ben Stokes and Harry Gurney have also been omitted from the team that was recently in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka v England, 7th ODI, Colombo

Cook form leaves England in chaos

Dec 16, 2014: England's biggest problem ahead of the fast-approaching World Cup is the form of Cook and it becomes more acute each time a member of the ECB hierarchy launches into an impassioned defence of the captain

Alan Gardner in Colombo

England in Sri Lanka 2014-15

Stokes' ride gets uncomfortable

Dec 8, 2014: Ben Stokes is slipping alarmingly from England's greatest asset to a liability they are struggling to carry

Alan Gardner

Sri Lanka v England, 4th ODI, Colombo

We missed Tredwell - Morgan

Dec 7, 2014: England's decision to field Ben Stokes instead of James Tredwell may have contributed to them going 3-1 down in the series but they have accepted that there will be some collateral damage

Alan Gardner in Colombo

England news

Harmison compares England attack to Ashes greats

Nov 16, 2014: Steve Harmison has identified Steven Finn and Ben Stokes as key figures for England ahead of the World Cup and next summer's Ashes

Alan Gardner

England in Sri Lanka 2014

Maturing Stokes fires England hopes

Nov 4, 2014: Ben Stokes has learned plenty from a bumpy year with England and believes the team can still confound low expectations at the World Cup

Alan Gardner

Durham v Warwickshire, Royal London Cup final, Lord's

Breese provides another Durham 'fairytale'

Sep 21, 2014: Gareth Breese struck the winning runs in what is likely to be his final appearance for the club, earning Durham their fifth major trophy since 2007. It was no surprise that the word "fairytale" cropped up

Alan Gardner

Durham v Warwickshire, RL Cup final, Lord's

Stokes nerve guides Durham to title

Sep 20, 2014: Durham claimed their second piece of limited-overs silverware to cap another season as county cricket's magnificent overachievers

Report by Alan Gardner at Lord's

Durham v Warwickshire, Royal London Cup final, Lord's

Stokes empowered as heroes collide

Sep 19, 2014: Ben Stokes is back in form after his unlucky break and looking to impress his claim as one of England's World Cup X-Factor Men

Alan Gardner
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