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  • Ganguly backing for Cook

    England captain Alastair Cook has found an unlikely supporter in former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, who believes the rest of the squad have failed to back their leader up when required.

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  • Cook stays; Buttler called up

    Alastair Cook will remain England captain for the third Test against India, while Jos Buttler is set for his Test debut.

    Tuesday July 22 2014, 16:11 BST
    Jos Buttler: Called into England's Test squad
  • Moores backs captain Cook

    England coach Peter Moores has no doubts that Test skipper Alastair Cook is still the right man for the job.

    Tuesday July 22 2014, 17:44 BST
    Alastair Cook (l) still has the backing of Peter Moores
  • Anderson hearing date set

    James Anderson faces the possibility of being banned from his home Test at Old Trafford after a date of August 1 was set for his International Cricket Council disciplinary hearing.

    Tuesday July 22 2014, 18:27 BST
    Anderson (r): Could be banned for the Old Trafford Test
  • Sharma: India not daunted by pace

    India paceman Ishant Sharma insists his side can give as good as they get on bowler-friendly wickets.

    Tuesday July 22 2014, 18:26 BST
    Ishant Sharma: Tormented England at Lord's
  • Injured Prior takes a break

    Matt Prior has taken a step back from England duty for the rest of the summer due to injury.

    Monday July 21 2014, 22:09 BST
    Matt Prior: Stepping down due to injury
  • England crumble to defeat

    England collapsed to a 95-run defeat at Lord's, to concede a 1-0 Investec series lead and pile ever more pressure on their captain Alastair Cook.

    Monday July 21 2014, 15:47 BST
    Celebrations for India on the final day at Lord's
  • Cook vows to halt England slump

    Post-match reaction to India's 95-run victory over England in the second Investec Test at Lord's.

    Monday July 21 2014, 18:43 BST
    Alastair Cook: Won't stand down
  • Cook's men feeling the heat

    England are in danger of a defeat captain Alastair Cook can ill afford in the second Test against India at Lord's.

    Sunday July 20 2014, 19:01 BST
    Alastair Cook's woes with the bat continued at Lord's
  • Farbrace: England team behind Cook

    Reaction from day four of the second Test between England and India at Lord's.

    Sunday July 20 2014, 21:16 BST
    Ravindra Jadeja's career-best 68 hurt England
  • Vaughan has Cook concerns

    Michael Vaughan is the latest to question whether Alastair Cook should continue as England captain.

    Saturday July 19 2014, 23:24 BST
    Alastair Cook: Struggling for runs
  • Plunkett gives England hope

    Liam Plunkett was England's catalyst with bat and ball as they gave themselves a shot at a long overdue Test victory, against India at Lord's.

    Saturday July 19 2014, 19:53 BST
    Liam Plunkett: Scored a maiden half century and took two key wickets
  • Aggression pleases Plunkett

    Reaction from day three of the second Test between England and India at Lord's.

    Saturday July 19 2014, 20:52 BST
    Plunkett had a good day with bat and ball
  • Trent Bridge pitch 'poor'

    The England and Wales Cricket Board has committed to supporting required "corrective action" after the Trent Bridge pitch for the drawn first Investec Test was judged "poor".

    Saturday July 19 2014, 15:22 BST
    The Trent Bridge pitch has been criticised
  • Ballance stars but Cook fails

    Gary Ballance made his second Test century at Lord's to help England out of trouble after another failure for beleaguered captain Alastair Cook.

    Friday July 18 2014, 18:35 BST
    Alastair Cook departs for just 10 on the second morning at Lord's
  • Ballance delight after ton

    Gary Ballance was hanging his head in embarrassment on the eve of the second Test, but by stumps on day two he was the toast of Lord's for bailing England out with a battling century against India.

    Friday July 18 2014, 20:21 BST
    Gary Ballance celebrates after reaching his second Test century
  • Rahane leads India fightback

    England ran into the skilled resistance of Ajinkya Rahane as India defied the greenest of Lord's pitches of day one of the second Investec Test.

    Thursday July 17 2014, 18:49 BST
    James Anderson picked up the early wicket of Shikhar Dhawan
  • Rahane proud of Lord's ton

    Reaction from day one of the second Test between England and India at Lord's.

    Thursday July 17 2014, 23:21 BST
    Ajinkya Rahane: Led India's fightback at Lord's
  • Anderson hearing set for Tuesday

    James Anderson will face a preliminary hearing next Tuesday on his Level 3 disciplinary charge, following the altercation between him and India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

    Thursday July 17 2014, 16:13 BST
    James Anderson: Hearing will be on Tuesday
  • Gooch: Cook needs technique tweak

    Alastair Cook's batting mentor Graham Gooch believes the England captain needs to rebuild his technique.

    Thursday July 17 2014, 10:29 BST
    Gooch (l) is backing Cook to rediscover his form
  • Don't change, Cook tells Anderson

    England captain Alastair Cook is adamant pace bowler James Anderson must stay true to himself "in the heat of battle".

    Thursday July 17 2014, 08:38 BST
    James Anderson: Urged to stay aggressive on the field
  • Jadeja facing misconduct charge

    England team manager Phil Neale has charged India's Ravindra Jadeja under Level 2 of the International Cricket Council's code of conduct.

    Wednesday July 16 2014, 18:46 BST
    The ECB have made a Level 2 allegation against Ravindra Jadeja
  • Dhoni defends Anderson charges

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni is unrepentant about India's decision to make an allegation of Level 3 seriousness against England's James Anderson.

    Wednesday July 16 2014, 22:17 BST
    Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Stands by India's decision
  • Cook: India want Anderson banned

    Alastair Cook believes India have cynically escalated James Anderson's spat with Ravindra Jadeja in the hope England's premier bowler may be banned for part of the Investec series.

    Wednesday July 16 2014, 22:16 BST
    Alastair Cook: Wants no distractions
  • ECB to contest Anderson charge

    India have made allegations against England bowler James Anderson for "abusing and pushing" all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja under Level 3 of the International Cricket Council's code of conduct.

    Tuesday July 15 2014, 18:26 BST
    James Anderson: ECB to contest allegations
  • England 'hope' for faster pitch

    England live in hope, rather than expectation, of an appropriate surface for the second Investec Test at Lord's.

    Tuesday July 15 2014, 16:53 BST
    Ballance: 'I hope there will be more pace and carry'
  • Robson: Cook will hit form

    Sam Robson believes it is only a matter of time before England captain Alastair Cook hits form with the bat.

    Tuesday July 15 2014, 14:36 BST
    Cooke: The England captain is under some pressure
  • Moores continues to back Cook

    Peter Moores is confident Alastair Cook will "stay strong" in adversity to restate his case as England captain and opening batsman.

    Monday July 14 2014, 16:40 BST
    Alastair Cook: Tough summer so far
  • Root tops England rankings

    Joe Root is now England's highest-ranked batsman in the Reliance ICC Test Rankings following his century in the draw against India at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

    Monday July 14 2014, 15:29 BST
    Joe Root: Now 16th in the world batting rankings
  • Cook wants return 'home'

    England can only hope to avoid Lahore at Lord's after their first-Test frustrations on a Nottingham pitch which captain Alastair Cook likened to Nagpur.

    Monday July 14 2014, 10:00 BST
    Cook: Gave himself a bowl as the first Test petered out on Sunday
  • Cook livens up drab draw

    The first Investec Test between England and India ended in a comical rather than dramatic draw at Trent Bridge.

    Sunday July 13 2014, 17:37 BST
    Alastair Cook celebrates his wicket at Trent Bridge
  • Cook: Wicket was the winner

    Post-match reaction to England's draw with India in the first Investec Test at Trent Bridge.

    Sunday July 13 2014, 19:23 BST
    Liam Plunkett celebrates the wicket of MS Dhoni
  • Kerrigan: I have learned from debut

    Simon Kerrigan has vowed to learn from his previous experience with England if he is selected for the second Test.

    Sunday July 13 2014, 22:29 BST
    Simon Kerrigan: Could play in the second Test
  • England call up Kerrigan

    England have added left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan to their squad for the second Investec Test against India at Lord's.

    Sunday July 13 2014, 18:25 BST
    Simon Kerrigan: Recalled by England for the second Test
  • England pick up early wickets

    England's bowlers picked up three Indian wickets on the final morning of the first Investec Test to give themselves a slender hope of forcing victory.

    Sunday July 13 2014, 13:37 BST
    England are pushing hard for an unlikely victory at Trent Bridge
  • Stewart questions Cook captaincy

    Alec Stewart feels Alastair Cook should consider standing down as England captain to try and regain his batting form.

    Sunday July 13 2014, 09:37 BST
    Alastair Cook: Should he give up the England captaincy?
  • Root, Anderson post record stand

    James Anderson and Joe Root's world-record 10th-wicket stand extended England's salvage operation against India at Trent Bridge.

    Sunday July 13 2014, 19:47 BST
    Anderson hits out on the way to his best-ever score
  • Anderson enjoyed record stand

    England paceman James Anderson admitted he finally experienced the fun side of batting after posting the first half-century of his career during a stunning last-wicket partnership with Joe Root.

    Sunday July 13 2014, 19:48 BST
    James Anderson and Joe Root had plenty of fun
  • Joe Root helps England recover

    A dreadful afternoon collapse saw England's hopes of beating India in the first Test hit before Joe Root led a late fightback on day three at Trent Bridge.

    Friday July 11 2014, 19:05 BST
    Joe Root celebrates reaching his 50
  • Root hails 'sensational' effort

    Joe Root hailed a "sensational" effort from his England team-mates as they reversed much of the damage done by an afternoon collapse against India on day three at Trent Bridge.

    Friday July 11 2014, 19:25 BST
    Joe Root provided a solid showing for England
  • Woes continue for Cook

    Alastair Cook was powerless to prevent a record last-wicket stand, then registered another batting failure of his own, as the England captain's fortunes steadfastly refused to improve.

    Thursday July 10 2014, 18:56 BST
    Alastair Cook: Out for just five in England's reply
  • Vijay ton puts India on top

    Murali Vijay made England's bowlers toil in unresponsive conditions as India induced a successful slow grind on day one of the Investec Test series at Trent Bridge.

    Wednesday July 9 2014, 21:08 BST
    India's Murali Vijay raises his bat after reaching a century
  • Anderson upbeat after day one

    England bowler Jimmy Anderson endured a 'frustrating' opening day of the first Test against India on a flat pitch at Trent Bridge.

    Wednesday July 9 2014, 19:45 BST
    James Anderson celebrates dismissing Shikhar Dhawan
  • Struggles 'will improve Cook'

    If anyone can empathise with Alastair Cook's current problems, it is Mahendra Singh Dhoni - his opposite number in the forthcoming Investec Test series.

    Tuesday July 8 2014, 16:48 BST
    MS Dhoni: Feels empathy for Cook
  • Cook: I'll handle the pressure

    Alastair Cook has dealt with high-stakes pressure throughout his professional career and sees no reason why he cannot do so again this summer.

    Tuesday July 8 2014, 16:33 BST
    Alastair Cook and MS Dhoni's men will meet in five Tests over 42 days
  • Cook confident over Prior

    England captain Alastair Cook is "99 per cent sure" that wicket-keeper Matt Prior will play in the first Investec Test against India at Trent Bridge.

    Tuesday July 8 2014, 14:07 BST
    Cook: Confident that Prior will be fit to play
  • KP: Swann void must be filled

    Kevin Pietersen believes Alastair Cook and England could be in for a tough summer against India if they do not find a way to cope without Graeme Swann.

    Tuesday July 8 2014, 09:00 BST
    Swann interviews Cook these days rather than play for him
  • Kohli aims to keep Cook down

    India know they have an opportunity to extend England captain Alastair Cook's miserable run of form this summer.

    Monday July 7 2014, 16:52 BST
    Virat Kohli: Stressed the need to keep Cook in a slump
  • Broad wary of workload

    Stuart Broad says England's bowlers will have to look after their bodies "big time" with a hectic Test schedule about to start,

    Monday July 7 2014, 16:42 BST
    Stuart Broad: Wants to play every game but knows that will be tough
  • Dravid: Time for young stars

    Rahul Dravid says India's young batsmen can make a real name for themselves on their forthcoming Test series with England.

    Saturday July 5 2014, 09:09 BST
    Shikhar Dhawan: Will be hoping to impress
  • India ease to warm-up win

    India coasted to a five-wicket win over Derbyshire in their final warm-up match before the first Test against England.

    Thursday July 3 2014, 18:21 BST
    Ajinkya Rahane: Helped his side claim victory
  • India batsmen find form

    India's Cheteshwar Pujara made an impressive 81 as he found some form for next week's first Test on day two of the tourists' final warm-up match against Derbyshire.

    Wednesday July 2 2014, 18:28 BST
    Cheteshwar Pujara: typically unhurried knock
  • KP: England still suffering

    Kevin Pietersen believes there is an "underlying current of unhappiness" within the England team following their first ever Test series defeat to Sri Lanka on home soil.

    Saturday June 28 2014, 11:10 BST
    Kevin Pietersen: Spoke of unsettled atmosphere
  • India start tour

    Minor concern over a blow to Test opener Shikhar Dhawan's arm was the only blip as India eased through day one of their tour to England at Leicestershire.

    Thursday June 26 2014, 19:03 BST
    India have started their tour to England
  • Fletcher backing for Cook

    Duncan Fletcher has no doubt, from personal experience, that Alastair Cook has the mettle to restate his case as England captain.

    Wednesday June 25 2014, 17:23 BST
    Alastair Cook: England captain is under pressure
  • Boycott's warning for Cook

    Geoffrey Boycott has warned England captain Alastair Cook he could be hounded out of his job if his team keeps serving up "the same old rubbish".

    Wednesday June 25 2014, 09:46 BST
    Alastair Cook's captaincy is under scrutiny
  • Moeen ton in vain for England

    Moeen Ali's brilliant maiden Test century proved cruelly in vain for England as James Anderson fell to the penultimate ball against Sri Lanka on the final evening at Headingley.

    Tuesday June 24 2014, 20:30 BST
    Sri Lanka celebrate a sensational victory at Headingley
  • Cook vows to fight on

    Post-match reaction to Sri Lanka's victory over England in the second Test at Headingley.

    Wednesday June 25 2014, 09:15 BST
    Cook and his team after their defeat against Sri Lanka
  • Woeful England head for defeat

    England's new era appears set to begin with a Test series defeat to Sri Lanka, thanks to Angelo Mathews and Dhammika Prasad's career-best performances at Headingley.

    Monday June 23 2014, 19:11 BST
    Angelo Mathews celebrates his superb century at Headingley
  • Bell backs captain Cook

    Reaction from day four of the second Test between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley.

    Monday June 23 2014, 20:29 BST
    Ian Bell departs for just eight on the fourth evening at Headingley.
  • Moeen to the rescue

    Moeen Ali struck a late counter-punch for England just as Sri Lanka threatened to take control on day three of the second Investec Test at Headingley.

    Sunday June 22 2014, 19:07 BST
    Moeen Ali celebrates the big wicket of Sangakkara
  • Moeen delighted to contribute

    Reaction from day two of the second Test between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley.

    Sunday June 22 2014, 21:27 BST
    Moeen Ali celebrates the wicket of Lahiru Thirimanne
  • Robson: It's a special day

    Reaction from day two of the second Test between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley.

    Sunday June 22 2014, 21:27 BST
    Sam Robson: Delighted with his maiden Test century
  • Robson celebrates century

    Sam Robson's maiden Test century put England in control before a late wobble on day two of the second Test against Sri Lanka.

    Sunday June 22 2014, 21:26 BST
    Sam Robson celebrates a maiden Test century
  • Broad and Plunkett impress

    Stuart Broad took a hat-trick and Liam Plunkett earned his maiden Test five-wicket haul as England bowled Sri Lanka out for 257 at Headingley.

    Sunday June 22 2014, 21:28 BST
    England's Stuart Broad took a hat-trick on day one
  • Broad unaware of hat-trick

    Stuart Broad became the first Englishman to take two Test hat-tricks on day one of the second Investec Test against Sri Lanka, but admitted he was one of the last to realise his own achievement.

    Sunday June 22 2014, 21:28 BST
    Stuart Broad is informed of his hattrick by the pa system
  • Cook hits back at critics

    England captain Alastair Cook has hit back at critics of his leadership, chief among them Shane Warne, amid a robust defence of his credentials.

    Thursday June 19 2014, 15:51 BST
    Cook: Hit back at the critics of his captaincy
  • Mathews wants more than a draw

    Sri Lanka will not be settling for a drawn series when they face England in the second Investec Test.

    Thursday June 19 2014, 16:53 BST
    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews is keen to win the game at Headingley
  • Form a concern for Cook

    England captain Alastair Cook admits his form is a concern going into Friday's second and final Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley.

    Thursday June 19 2014, 14:30 BST
  • Perseverance pays for Plunkett

    Liam Plunkett has revealed the long and emotional journey he has been through to get back into the England set-up.

    Wednesday June 18 2014, 17:19 BST
    Liam Plunkett: England recall ends an emotional journey for all-rounder
  • Bell grateful to reach century

    Ian Bell counts himself "lucky" to have had the England career he has as he approaches his 100th Test.

    Wednesday June 18 2014, 17:10 BST
    Ian Bell: Speaking ahead of his landmark Test
  • Moores: Spinner a priority

    Peter Moores is confident the runs will soon flow for England's Test openers, but admits the lack of an established frontline spinner is a weakness which must be addressed.

    Tuesday June 17 2014, 17:07 BST
    Peter Moores: Wants English spinners to throw down the gauntlet
  • Vithanage added to squad

    Sri Lanka batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage is to join the Test squad in England, in place of the injured Prasanna Jayawardene.

    Tuesday June 17 2014, 17:06 BST
    Kithuruwan Vithanage: Handed call-up to second Test squad
  • Test ends in Lord's stalemate

    England agonisingly ran out of time, one wicket short of victory, as their new Test era began with a nerve-jangling stalemate against Sri Lanka at Lord's.

    Monday June 16 2014, 19:18 BST
    England captain Alastair Cook reflects on a near miss at Lord's
  • Mixed emotions for Cook

    Post-match reaction to England's draw with Sri Lanka.

    Monday June 16 2014, 21:08 BST
    Cook saw his bowlers come so close to claiming a victory for England
  • England squad unchanged

    England have announced an unchanged squad for the second Investec Test at Headingley.

    Monday June 16 2014, 20:18 BST
    Cook and England will stick with the same squad
  • Ballance ton boosts England

    Gary Ballance's maiden Test century put England back in control on day four of the opening clash with Sri Lanka at Lord's.

    Sunday June 15 2014, 19:10 BST
    England's Gary Ballance celebrates after reaching his century
  • Ballance elated after century

    Gary Ballance breathed new life into England's victory hopes with a maiden Test century which left him struggling to put his feelings into words.

    Monday June 16 2014, 19:48 BST
    Gary Ballance scored his maiden Test century at Lord's.
  • Sangakkara stars on day three

    Kumar Sangakkara scored a first Test hundred at Lord's as Sri Lanka made England's bowlers work hard in the first Test.

    Sunday June 15 2014, 18:56 BST
    Kumar Sangakkara celebrates a first century at Lord's
  • Sangakkara delights in century

    Reaction from day three of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's.

    Saturday June 14 2014, 20:33 BST
    Kumar Sangakkara was delighted with a first century at Lord's
  • Prior keen to repay faith

    Matt Prior is delighted to have repaid the faith shown in him by captain Alastair Cook and England's selectors, but knows he needs to keep doing so.

    Saturday June 14 2014, 07:25 BST
    Matt Prior: Keen to have repaid faith shown in him
  • Root doubles up for England

    Joe Root's maiden Test double-century underpinned England's highest total against Sri Lanka, but the hosts soon discovered there is unlikely to be any fast track to victory at Lord's.

    Friday June 13 2014, 18:55 BST
    Joe Root is congratulated by Dimush Karunaratne after reaching 200
  • Prior rues England misfortune

    Reaction from day two of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's.

    Friday June 13 2014, 20:40 BST
    Matt Prior falls for 86 on day two of the first Test at Lord's
  • Root puts England in charge

    Joe Root and Matt Prior made heartening returns to the scene of previous successes as England's new Test era passed the first examination of its credentials at Lord's.

    Thursday June 12 2014, 18:59 BST
    Joe Root celebrates his hundred at Lord's
  • Root happy to be back

    Reaction from day one of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's.

    Thursday June 12 2014, 20:17 BST
    Joe Root on his way to a century at Lord's
  • Cook has bases covered

    Three debutants, a recently-dropped vice-captain and a bowler back from a seven-year hiatus may all be part of England's "fresh start" at Lord's - but Alastair Cook is confident he has all bases covered.

    Wednesday June 11 2014, 17:45 BST
    Alastair Cook: Preparing for the Tests against Sri Lanka
  • Mathews ready for backlash

    Sri Lanka are bracing themselves for a "hostile" series against England, as previous disagreements threaten to linger in the first Investec Test at Lord's.

    Wednesday June 11 2014, 16:44 BST
    Angelo Mathews preparing for the Test series with England
  • Gary Ballance to bat at three

    Yorkshire's Gary Ballance will take on the number three spot for England against Sri Lanka at Lord's on Thursday.

    Wednesday June 11 2014, 14:26 BST
    Gary Ballance: Will bat at three for England at Lord's
  • Moeen happy with bowling brief

    Moeen Ali is about to make his Test debut as a batsman whose improving off-spin helps to balance England.

    Wednesday June 11 2014, 09:23 BST
    Moeen Ali: Not looking to replace Graeme Swann
  • Thirimanne unfazed by doosra

    Sri Lanka's batsmen appear unlikely to lose any sleep about the possibility of having to contend with Moeen Ali's doosra at Lord's.

    Tuesday June 10 2014, 17:43 BST
    Lahiru Thirimanne: Preparing to face England
  • Ali ready for true test

    England have had many travails against mystery spin - but at Lord's this week it will be they, rather than Sri Lanka, who have a doosra in their armoury.

    Tuesday June 10 2014, 17:39 BST
    Moeen Ali: Ready for England Test debut
  • Bell looks to the future

    England were "blindsided" by Australia last winter, but have the chance to put their Ashes whitewash behind them for good.

    Tuesday June 10 2014, 07:21 BST
    Ian Bell: Wants to set the Ashes record straight
  • Bell, Edwards claim awards

    Ian Bell and Charlotte Edwards are England's men and women's cricketers of the year for 2013-14.

    Monday June 9 2014, 21:28 BST
    The four award winners on Monday at Lord's
  • Bell: Milestone can wait

    Ian Bell is about to move on to 99 not out, and is adamant he will be keeping his eye on the ball more firmly than ever at Lord's this week.

    Monday June 9 2014, 21:25 BST
    Ian Bell:
  • SL draw at Northants

    Sri Lanka had to settle for a draw in a rain-affected match against Northamptonshire as the tourists put the finishing touches to their preparations ahead of the first Test against England on Thursday.

    Sunday June 8 2014, 19:16 BST
    Rob Keogh: Scored a century as tour match ended in draw
  • No play in Northampton

    No play was possible on the third day of four in Sri Lanka's tour match against Northamptonshire due to a sodden outfield at Northampton.

    Saturday June 7 2014, 13:27 BST
    There was no play in Northampton
  • Bairstow hurt by England axe

    Yorkshire star Jonny Bairstow admits he was “hurt” by his omission from the England Test squad to face Sri Lanka.

    Friday June 6 2014, 12:13 BST
    Jonny Bairstow: Not part of the England Test squad
  • Jordan tipped for Test call-up

    Chris Jordan is set for his first inclusion in an England Test squad, but Jos Buttler's time may still be yet to come.

    Wednesday June 4 2014, 16:33 BST
    Chris Jordan: Could come into the Test team
  • Cook expects testing times

    England captain Alastair Cook expects the aggravation over Jos Buttler's controversial run-out to carry on.

    Wednesday June 4 2014, 09:00 BST
    Alastair Cook (l): Ill-feeling likely to linger
  • Sri Lanka win decider

    Sri Lanka held their nerve to pip England to a 3-2 Royal London Series victory in a controversial decider at Edgbaston.

    Wednesday June 4 2014, 15:25 BST
    Buttler is run out at Edgbaston