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Specsavers Championship: Essex's title

Why Essex shocked English cricket: five key factors

Sep 14, 2017: Essex's anticipated title win has been perhaps the biggest surprise in the Championship since the advent of two divisions. Here we look at some of the key factors on their road to the pennant

Alan Gardner

England v West Indies, 1st Investec Test, Edgbaston

England learn nothing from thrashing soft West Indies

Aug 20, 2017: It tells you much about the current state of world cricket that Edgbaston had only budgeted for a three-day Test

George Dobell

England v West Indies, 1st Investec Test, Edgbaston, 2nd day

Cook goes big again

Aug 18, 2017: Stats analysis of Alastair Cook's 243 against West Indies at Edgbaston

Bharath Seervi

England v West Indies, 1st Investec Test, Edgbaston, 1st day

Easy pickings for England show how times have changed

Aug 17, 2017: Alastair Cook and Joe Root scored two of their softer hundreds against a West Indies attack low on confidence and quality

George Dobell at Edgbaston

England v West Indies, 1st Investec Test, Edgbaston, 1st day

Cook doffs cap to 'phenomenal' Root

Aug 17, 2017: Alastair Cook conceded that the performance of the day had come from his sidekick and successor as captain, Joe Root

Andrew Miller at Edgbaston

England v West Indies, 1st Investec Test, Edgbaston

Cook and Root cast West Indies into the darkness

Aug 17, 2017: As day turned to night a familiar figure made light of the creeping darkness to leave England in the pink

The Report by Andrew Miller

Tonking it before tea, and double-barrelled exploits

Aug 1, 2017: Also, who has the most Test scores between 80 and 99?

Steven Lynch

England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval

Hundred eludes Cook but innings has tons of value

Jul 28, 2017: His record against South Africa remains Cook's worst against any Test nation, but his 88 at The Oval could prove hugely significance

Jarrod Kimber at The Oval

England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval

Cook's openness a lesson for England

Jul 27, 2017: Alastair Cook has benefited greatly from the advice of Gary Palmer - is it time for the ECB to change its stance on using him as a batting coach?

George Dobell at Kia Oval

England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval

Philander leaves England feeling queasy

Jul 27, 2017: Vernon Philander became ill shortly before the start of the Test but it did not stop him producing three high-class spells of seam bowling

Firdose Moonda at The Oval

England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval

Cook stands firm after Philander threatens England again

Jul 27, 2017: Recklessness was the charge laid against England after their double collapse at Trent Bridge, but rarely, if ever, has such an accusation been levelled against Alastair Cook

The Report by David Hopps

Sri Lanka v India, 1st Test, Galle, 1st day

Smashing it after late call-ups

Jul 26, 2017: A look at a few famous instances of players making a splash after being summoned late

Srinath Sripath

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge

England lose 20 wickets in 96.1 overs

Jul 17, 2017: All the stats and landmarks from a memorable victory for South Africa in the second Test against England at Trent Bridge

Bharath Seervi

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge

Cook gets acquainted to life back in England's ranks

Jul 12, 2017: Alastair Cook insists he has no regrets after giving up the England captaincy, but admitted there were just a couple of poignant moments during the Lord's Test

George Dobell at Trent Bridge

England v South Africa, 1st Investec Test, Lord's

Moeen's match figures are England's best since Botham

Jul 9, 2017: Moeen completes a raft of records, and there's an unwelcome statistic for Alastair Cook, as England complete a record-breaking victory at Lord's

Bharath Seervi

Essex v Nottinghamshire, Royal London Cup semi-final, Chelmsford

One of the great games as Patel, Mullaney nail record chase

Jun 16, 2017: Essex were in the box seat after hundreds from Alastair Cook and Ryan ten Doeschate set Nottinghamshire 371 in the Royal London Cup semi-final, but hundreds in return from Samit Patel and Steven Mullaney won one of the great games with three balls left

David Hopps

England news

Cook's one-day form earns North-South spot

May 18, 2017: Alastair Cook's impressive form in the Royal London Cup has earned him an automatic spot in next year's North v South one-day series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kent v Essex, Royal London Cup, South Group, Canterbury

Essex top group to secure semi-final berth

May 17, 2017: Essex landed their seventh win in eight starts and marched through to the Royal London Cup semi-finals

ECB Reporters Network

Essex v Sussex, Royal London Cup, South Group, Chelmsford

Taylor hat-trick to no avail as Cook, ten Doeschate hit tons

May 10, 2017: Centuries by Alastair Cook and Ryan ten Doeschate saw off Sussex after a hat-trick by Jerome Taylor had ripped the heart out of their top order

ECB Reporters Network

Essex v Gloucestershire, Royal London Cup, South Group, Chelmsford

Cook ton sends Essex three from three

May 4, 2017: Alastair Cook served up his tenth career List A century to guide Essex to their third win in three Royal London Cup matches this season

ECB Reporters Network
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