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England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lord's

Pakistan will test England's credentials

Jul 13, 2016: The absence of Ben Stokes and James Anderson gives Pakistan an early opportunity but England have batting depth which could prove crucial

George Dobell

England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lord's

Amir return sharpens the edge for titanic tussle

Jul 12, 2016: ESPNcricinfo previews the first Test between England and Pakistan at Lord's

The Preview by Andrew Miller

England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lord's

Back-to-basics Ballance ready for second chance

Jul 12, 2016: Gary Ballance has confirmed he is fit and ready to take on Pakistan in the first Investec Test at Lord's on Thursday

George Dobell at Lord's

England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lord's

Ballance injury scare ahead of first Test

Jul 10, 2016: Gary Ballance's Test recall is in doubt because of a groin injury which caused him to miss Yorkshire's NatWest T20 Blast tie in Derby on Sunday

David Hopps at Derby

England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lord's

A test of technique, not temperament, for Ballance

Jul 7, 2016: England's selectors have picked character more than numbers with a recall for Gary Ballance for the first Test against Pakistan

Andrew McGlashan

Yorkshire v Middlesex, Specsavers Championship Div 1, Scarborough, 1st day

Ballance feels Scarborough's restorative powers with timely hundred

Jul 3, 2016: Scarborough's restorative properties have long been proclaimed by many who love nothing better than to holiday in this grand old seaside town

David Hopps at North Marine Road

Yorkshire v Northants, Royal London Cup, North Group, Scarborough

Lyth's 60-ball century lifts Yorkshire's one-day spirits

Jun 14, 2016: A hurricane century off 60 balls for Adam Lyth set up Yorkshire for victory by two wickets over Northamptonshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup at sunny Scarborough

ECB Reporters Network

Sri Lanka in England 2016

Root expected to stay at No. 4

May 6, 2016: Joe Root is set to stay at No. 4 in England's Test line-up for the series against Sri Lanka, but Alastair Cook admitted there were some "tough decisions" to be made about other batting positions

Andrew McGlashan

Warks v Yorks, County Championship, Division One, Edgbaston, 1st day

Gritty Ballance provides Yorkshire foundation

Apr 24, 2016: Gary Ballance scored an unbeaten half-century as he and Jack Leaning helped revive Yorkshire on a day of interruptions at Edgbaston

George Dobell at Edgbaston

England news

Ballance admits to mental battle after England axing

Apr 15, 2016: Gary Ballance has confessed that losing his England place last summer hit him harder than he expected and he needed to consciously shut out critics

Jon Culley

MCC v Yorkshire, Abu Dhabi, 1st day

Ballance century offers England an immediate reminder

Mar 20, 2016: Gary Ballance, dropped by England midway through last summer's Ashes series, made an immediate statement in the traditional curtain-raiser to the English county season with a century against MCC in Abu Dhabi

ESPNcricinfo staff

SA Invitational XI v England XI, Potchefstroom, 3rd day

Rain frustrates England preparations

Dec 17, 2015: England's hopes of narrowing down their bowling options ahead of the Boxing Day Test were thwarted by a spectacular thunderstorm that wiped out the final afternoon of their opening warm-up game at Potchefstroom

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

Anxious Sussex make inroads against champions

Sep 22, 2015: Still needing nine points to be safe from relegation, Sussex cannot yet permit themselves the gentle deceleration towards October in all its amber abundance

Paul Edwards at Headingley

A Yorkshire fantasy

Sep 22, 2015: Two successive Championships and a strong White Rose flavour to the national side and already they are wondering in the Broad Acres whether Yorkshire would beat England

Alan Gardner

Pakistan v England 2015-16

Ballance 'harshly treated' by England - Gale

Sep 16, 2015: Yorkshire's captain, Andrew Gale, has criticised England's decision to omit Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance from the Test squad for the UAE

Alan Gardner

Yorkshire v Somerset, LV= Championship, Division One, Headingley, 3rd day

Gleam in Gale's eye tells of inevitable title

Sep 3, 2015: Yorkshire's second successive Championship looks a formality after an innings victory against Somerset in less than three days at Headingley

Jon Culley at Headingley

Yorkshire v Somerset, LV= Championship, Division One, Headingley, 2nd day

Yorkshire blessed by England homecoming

Sep 2, 2015: Yorkshire, raised by England for much of the season, have been blessed by the homecoming of Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance and Adam Lyth as they close in on the Championship

Jon Culley at Headingley

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
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