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Deepti Unni
Eoin Morgan and Joe Root sealed the win with 42 balls remaining, England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, The Oval, July 1, 2021

England have emphatically stomped all over Sri Lanka in the T20I and ODI series  •  Getty Images for Surrey CCC

England's summer is looking up after both the men's and women's teams have taken the lead in series against Sri Lanka and India respectively. In the West Indies, the hosts will be hoping to do the same after losing the Test series to South Africa, while Australia wait their turn in the wings. Elsewhere, the T20 World Cup finally has dates and a confirmed home, and it's not India, and New Zealand is still coming off the high of their World Test Championship win. Catch up on a busy week of cricket in our round-up.
England lead ODI series 2-0 after Sam Curran's five-for and Joe Root, Eoin Morgan's clinical run chase
After sweeping the T20I series 3-0, England cruised home with seven overs to spare in the second ODI, after an embattled Sri Lanka cobbled together 241. A day before the first ODI, three Sri Lankan players, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis and Dansushka Gunathilaka, had been suspended and sent back home after they breached the bio-bubble in a late-night excursion in Durham. What's ailing Sri Lankan cricket? Andrew Fidel Fernando has a list.
Kieron Pollard 51*, Dwayne Bravo four-for help West Indies keep series alive
After losing the Test series, West Indies are attempting to claw back ground in the T20Is, and with a win in the fourth T20I, the series is now level. For South Africa, no one apart from Quinton de Kock scored more than 20 in the last game.
Sophia Dunkley guides England to five-wicket win after Kate Cross five-for
Katherine Brunt provided vital support in a sixth-wicket stand after India posted a target of 222 but failed to defend it in their second straight loss. For Cross, especially, it was an emotional five-for, and win, after an extended period sidelined by injury and depression.
What makes Williamson, Smith, Kohli and Root excel?
The four greats of modern batting have their signature ways. Which of them will leave the greatest legacy? Mark Nicholas examines where they stand in the pantheon of batting greats so far.
DPL review - All that went right and all that went wrong
Mohammad Isam looks back at the recently concluded Dhaka Premier League, those who did well, those who didn't, and everything else around a dramatic season. Andrew Fidel Fernando also discovers the winner of the World Bad Behaviour Championship at the DPL in this month's Briefing.
Australia's World Cup conundrum: the search for a T20 finisher
Andrew McGlashan says Aaron Finch's side will be hoping to answer the question of who fills the middle-order position(s) heading into the T20 World Cup on their tour of the West Indies and Bangladesh.
Life in politics: Manoj Tiwary and Ashok Dinda on being MLAs in West Bengal
The two Bengal cricketers spoke to Shamya Dasgupta about their election campaigns and their political futures.
Is Keshav Maharaj only the second South African bowler to take a Test hat-trick?
Also: which other team has won a Test with their two leading run scorers at the crease like New Zealand did? You asked and Steven Lynch answered.
Harmanpreet Kaur: 'Nicole Bolton realised I couldn't cook, so she taught me to make eggs'
The India batter spoke to Annesha Ghosh about her love for dal, giving up gluten, and surviving long tours without home-cooked food.
Quiz: Which India bowler holds the record for the best innings figures in women's Tests?
And who is the only India bowler to take a hat-trick in women's ODIs? Test your knowledge of India women's cricket with our quiz.
Watch: 360 batter: Ian Bell builds his perfect batter
Alastair Cook's cut? Ben Stokes' reverse sweep? In a new ESPNcricinfo series, players pick shots from their favourite cricketers to build their ideal batter.
Blazers, brawls, and tunnels under Lord's - an MCC soap opera
George Dobell reviews a new book that reveals that the history of the revered ground contains plenty of prejudice and politicking.
WTC team of the tournament: who gets in and who misses out?
Some of the premier cricketers of the world put in stellar performances during the course of the inaugural World Test Championship. ESPNcricinfo collated votes from staff members to put together the team of the tournament - three players each from New Zealand, India and Australia, and one apiece from England and Sri Lanka.
The best teams across 145 years of Test cricket - part two
Anantha Narayanan's comprehensive look at the teams with the longest, and most imposing, dominant streaks, and a comparison of the best Australia and West Indies teams.
Watch: On The Ball with Dale Steyn: 'I wanted to take wickets all the time'
Steyn takes Sanjay Manjrekar through his journey, from the day he discovered cricket to making his debut for South Africa.

Deepti Unni is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo