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England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 4th day

Moeen, catching among England's problems to solve

Jun 1, 2015: ESPNcricinfo looks at the dilemmas facing the England selectors in the coming weeks

George Dobell at Headingley

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 3rd day

The secret to Cook's revival? A secret coach

May 31, 2015: What does Cook's decision to use a freelance coach say about Loughborough? What does it say about the value for money the ECB are gaining from all the millions invested

George Dobell

It's the captain who wins games, not the coach

May 31, 2015: Placing too much emphasis on the coach's input is detrimental because it curbs the captain's ability to think for himself and make bold decisions

Ian Chappell

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 2nd day

Cook does it his way to reach iconic landmark

May 30, 2015: It can be hard to remember individual strokes from Alastair Cook, but the accumulative effect over the years has been a reassuring presence at the top of England's order and there is still much more to come

George Dobell at Headingley

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 2nd day

Cook breaks England Test runs record

May 30, 2015: Alastair Cook became England's highest Test runscorer, overhauling Graham Gooch, when he reached 32 against New Zealand in the second Investec Test at Headingley

George Dobell at Headingley

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 2nd day

'He will methodically blunt your bowling attack'

May 30, 2015: During his innings of 75, England captain Alastair Cook became England's highest run-scorer, going past Graham Gooch's tally of 8900 Test runs. We look at how some in the Twitter world reacted

ESPNcricinfo staff

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 2nd day

England's record-breaking run machine

May 30, 2015: England captain Alastair Cook went past Graham Gooch to become his country's leading Test run-scorer on the second day against New Zealand. ESPNcricinfo looks back at some of the key moments on his way to the landmark

Alan Gardner

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley

Cook hails hero Gooch as prepares to break record

May 28, 2015: England turned to Mark Ramprakash after the Ashes whitewash but Alastair Cook kept his long-term mentor Graham Gooch close. Now surpassing Gooch would be the perfect way, individually, to prepare to win back those Ashes

David Hopps

Cook's clarity breeds resilience

May 25, 2015: With his immaculate concentration at Lord's on Sunday, England's captain revealed his mental toughness. Whatever the sphere, the latter flows from the former

Ed Smith

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Cook the leader outweighs Cook the captain

May 24, 2015: Alastair Cook will never be a great orator or tactician. He will never rouse with a speech and rarely surprise with a tactic. Instead he must lead by example. This was the innings of a leader. But it wasn't necessarily the innings of a captain

George Dobell at Lord's

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Cook hundred leads England revival

May 24, 2015: Ben Stokes hit the fastest Test hundred at Lord's, off 85 balls, and Alastair Cook ended the fourth day unbeaten on 153 as England build a lead of 295

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

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

Cook and Farbrace face a high-stakes series

May 20, 2015: A captain under immense pressure, a coach potentially pushing a claim for the full-time job. There is much at stake for England at the beginning of their Test summer, but at least the cricket is about to start

George Dobell at Lord's

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

'No ultimatum' on Pietersen - Cook

May 20, 2015: Alastair Cook has denied making any ultimatum over the possible England recall of Kevin Pietersen, but admitted he agreed to the decision not to include him in the team's plans for the summer

George Dobell

Is Cook next in line to bite the dust?

May 17, 2015: England are now in a situation where a change of captaincy in the middle of the Ashes series seems probable

Ian Chappell

Natural leaders are made in retrospect

May 11, 2015: There is no template for the perfect captain. Some of the game's greatest were not identified as such straightaway

Ed Smith

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

West Indies v England, 3rd Test, Barbados, 2nd day

Cook relief at ending hundred debate

May 2, 2015: Alastair Cook admitted he had to overcome the "denial" about struggling for runs over the last two years after scoring his first Test hundred in 23 months on the opening day in Barbados

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies v England, 3rd Test, Bridgetown, 1st day

Cook ends hundred drought but WI take honours

May 1, 2015: A popular number during this series has been the days since Alastair Cook scored a hundred. The counter can be reset to zero now after he batted into the final over of the opening day

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

West Indies v England, 2nd Test, St George's, 3rd day

Root hundred puts England in charge

Apr 23, 2015: A sixth Test hundred from Joe Root helped England to a position of increasing dominance in Grenada, as they wore down West Indies during an extended day in the field

The Report by Alan Gardner

West Indies v England, 2nd Test, St George's, 2nd day

Cook, Trott put seal on improved display

Apr 22, 2015: Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott put on England's highest opening stand since Perth in December 2013 as they strove to provide a sound platform in response to West Indies' 299

The Report by Alan Gardner
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