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What good is a nightwatchman?

Jul 23, 2014: In modern times, there have been a few valuable innings by tailenders bumped up the order, but the psychological advantage it gives the opposition can't be discounted

Rob Steen

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Determined Vijay keeps England at bay

Jul 19, 2014: India have lost more Tests at Lord's than at any other venue, but it will take a formidable bowling performance by England on the fourth morning for them to lose this one

The Report by David Hopps

India in England 2014

Whitaker expects bowler rotation

Jul 3, 2014: James Whitaker has hinted that rotation of England's attack will be a feature of the compressed, five-Test series against India, even if the bowlers themselves are not fans

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka in England 2014

Batting offers promise but captain concerns

Jun 25, 2014: A new-look England side came within one wicket of winning at Lord's and two balls of salvaging a drawn series at Headingley, but while there were promising signs there also remain significant worries

George Dobell

England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 1st day

Plunkett finds the shock factor

Jun 20, 2014: Liam Plunkett flogged himself into the ground at Lord's and did not have much reward to show for it, but on (new) home turf the ball was fuller and so was his wicket tally

Jarrod Kimber at Headingley

England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 1st day

England's potent attack overcomes errors

Jun 20, 2014: England made life harder for themselves than it should have been on the opening day, but their pace attack - and those vying for selection - are offering the suggestion of a strong pack

George Dobell at Headingley

England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Invetsec Test, Headingley, 1st day

Plunkett and Broad rattle through Sri Lanka

Jun 20, 2014: Stuart Broad became the first England bowler to take two hat-tricks in Test cricket, and only the fourth bowler of all time, as England tore through Sri Lanka's lower order on the opening day of the Headingley Test.

The Report by David Hopps

England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley

Plunketts enjoying second life

Jun 18, 2014: A second chance at Test cricket is something that neither Liam Plunkett or his father Alan thought they would ever see.

George Dobell

England v Sri Lanka, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day

Plenty of ticks for England selectors

Jun 16, 2014: England's new era selections in detail after the first Test at Lord's

Andrew McGlashan at Lord's

England v Sri Lanka, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Positive England avoid falling flat

Jun 14, 2014: The pitch has not been the seam-friendly surface Alastair Cook might have anticipated but it stretched his captaincy as England's bowlers strived to find a way through

Andrew McGlashan at Lord's

England v SL, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day

England encounter the pleasure and the pain

Jun 13, 2014: England's future was revealed as they took to the field against Sri Lanka and it proved as expected to be a mixed bag

Andrew McGlashan

England v Sri Lanka, 1st Investec Test, Lord's

Revitalised Plunkett faces acid test

Jun 11, 2014: Having slipped off the rails, Liam Plunkett found the simple philosophy he needed at Yorkshire and is now set for a menacing role in England's attack

David Hopps

Sri Lanka in England 2014

Moeen, Robson, Jordan get Test calls

Jun 5, 2014: England have named three uncapped players - Sam Robson, Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan - in a 12-man squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka.

David Hopps

Northamptonshire v Yorkshire, Wantage Road, 4th day

Plunkett impresses in big Yorkshire win

Jun 3, 2014: This still has the feel of an open race for the County Championship with no side so far able to establish themselves in a clear lead. Yet if anyone has created an impression that they are the team to beat it is Yorkshire.

Jon Culley at Wantage Road

Middlesex v Yorkshire, Lord's, 1st day

Root's return burdened by captaincy

Apr 27, 2014: Joe Root, making his first-class return after sustaining a broken thumb in Antigua, found himself promoted to the captaincy against Middlesex

George Dobell at Lord's

SL A v England Lions, 2nd unofficial Test, Dambulla, 1st day

Lions seamers unpick preconceptions

Feb 19, 2014: On the flattest pitch of the tour, with England Lions picking three spinners, Graham Onions, Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett produced a display of unwavering discipline

Alex Winter in Dambulla

England news

Plunkett revives England memories

Feb 8, 2014: England Lions settled for a draw in their warm-up game against Sri Lanka A Emerging Players after the Yorkshire pair Jonny Bairstow and Liam Plunkett had both made hundreds

ESPNcricinfo staff

Middlesex v Yorkshire, Lord's, 3rd day

Middlesex's middle-order exposed

Jun 13, 2013: An exceptional day for Yorkshire sees them on the brink of inflicting Middlesex's first defeat at Lord's since May 2011 and achieving their first away win in this fixture since 1987

Vithushan Ehantharajah at Lord's

Warwickshire v Yorkshire, Edgbaston, 1st day

Gillespie the right man for Plunkett

May 15, 2013: Yorkshire's bold decision to tempt Liam Plunkett away from Durham during the winter was widely regarded as a major gamble, but just five weeks into the new season their faith has been rewarded with his best bowling performance in nearly four years.

Myles Hodgson at Edgbaston

County news

Plunkett adds to Yorkshire's options

Oct 2, 2012: Yorkshire have continued to add to their bowling resources following their Championship promotion with the signing of Liam Plunkett from Durham

ESPNcricinfo staff
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