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England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's 5th day

Hapless England victims of failing system

Jul 21, 2014: Previous England inadequacies were masked by a handful of excellent players but now the national side are showing the results of an environment too cosy for those whose faces fit and one that ostracises the rest

George Dobell at Lord's

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

'I was probably a bit naive' - Ballance

Jul 18, 2014: It was been an 'interesting' week for England's No. 3 but the only aspect of it that should really matter is how he is slotting into a key position in the batting order

George Dobell at Lord's

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

Cook's descent into private hell

Jul 18, 2014: Eventually, with the batting failures accumulating and his captaincy not compensating, the reasons for persisting with Alastair Cook are wearing out

George Dobell at Lord's

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

Bhuvneshwar counters Ballance century

Jul 18, 2014: Another failure for Alastair Cook, an increasingly beleaguered England captain, followed by a long, hard grind on London's hottest day of the year: this Lord's Test match Friday was never going to grant its favours easily

The Report by David Hopps

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's

Ballance enjoying the challenge of No. 3

Jul 15, 2014: Jonathan Trott was always going to be a tough man to replace at No. 3, but the early signs are that in Gary Ballance England have someone with the all-round game to take hold of the position

Andrew McGlashan

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, 2nd day

Old-school Robson plays it perfectly

Jun 21, 2014: As the home side stumbled in the final session the value of Sam Robson's maiden Test hundred, a model in concentration and self-denial, became clear

George Dobell at Headingley

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

Sangakkara a maestro in convoluted drama

Jun 16, 2014: In a match to highlight all that is great about Test cricket Kumar Sangakarra showed his class and without him Sri Lanka were done for

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

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

Ballance channels his Trott, then his KP

Jun 15, 2014: As Kevin Pietersen watched on, Gary Ballance produced a maiden century with many qualities of the man he has replaced, Jonathan Trott

Andrew McGlashan at Lord's

England v Sri Lanka, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Ballance ton shores up England

Jun 15, 2014: Gary Ballance made his maiden Test hundred after Sri Lanka briefly transformed the complacent mood of the first Test with a wonderful bowling performance

The Report by David Hopps

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

Cook confirms Bell, Ballance roles

Jun 11, 2014: The eve of England's first Test in six months did not see Alastair Cook rip up his usual script and name his XI early but he did reveal two noteworthy pieces of information about Ian Bell and Gary Ballance

Andrew McGlashan

England v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Lord's

Root thinks differently to down Dilshan

May 31, 2014: ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the 4th ODI

Andrew McGlashan at Lord's

England v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, The Oval

All-round Jordan brings a smile back to England

May 22, 2014: A superb all-round performance from Chris Jordan, who smashed 38 off 13 balls then took three wickets, spearheaded England's 81-run win against Sri Lanka

The Report by David Hopps

England news

Gurney and Ballance in ODI squad

May 1, 2014: Harry Gurney, the Nottinghamshire left-arm seamer, is the only uncapped player in the England one-day squad to face Scotland, the first match of Peter Moores' second stint as coach

Andrew McGlashan

Middlesex v Yorkshire, Lord's, 3rd day

Ballance sends powerful message

Apr 29, 2014: Gary Ballance's century for Yorkshire set Middlesex an improbable target at Lord's, but an excellent opening stand between Chris Rogers and Sam Robson has sustained their hopes

George Dobell at Lord's

Australia v England, 1st ODI, Melbourne

Doherty's second chance, Finch's second life

Jan 12, 2014: ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the first one-day international between Australia and England

Andrew McGlashan at the MCG

Australia v England, 1st ODI, Melbourne

Finch hundred sets up Australia win

Jan 12, 2014: Aaron Finch is becoming Australia's post-Ashes specialist. In Southampton he made a record T20international score of 156 and here became the first Victorian to score an ODI century at the MCG

The Report by Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

The Ashes 2013-14

A catalogue of underperformance

Jan 6, 2014: ESPNcricinfo examines how England's players acquitted themselves during the disastrous 5-0 defeat in Australia

George Dobell

Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney

England facing a bitter end

Jan 2, 2014: The Sydney Test could be viewed as a fresh start for England at the beginning of a new year, but the build up has not inspired confidence and it will take a colossal turnaround to end with a victory

George Dobell in Sydney

Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney

Australia eye unforeseen clean sweep

Jan 2, 2014: ESPNcricinfo's preview of the fifth Ashes Test between Australia and England at the SCG

The Preview by Brydon Coverdale
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