England’s Joe Root (left) leaves the field after being dismissed as team-mate Stuart Broad looks on during the second cricket test match at Lord’s. Photograph:   Philip Brown/Reuters

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. The(...)

England batsman James Anderson and  Joe Root  leave the field  at lunch on day four of the first Test at Trent Bridge after putting on an unbeaten 187 for the last wicket, a record in Test cricket. Photograph:     Stu Forster/Getty Images

James Anderson and Joe Root’s world-record 10th-wicket stand extended England’s salvage operation against India at Trent Bridge on day four of the fir(...)

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews  celebrates reaching his century during day four of the second Test match  at Headingley  in Leeds. Photograph: Dave Thompson/Getty Images

Sri Lanka 257 & 457; England 365 & 57-5Sri Lanka have the whip hand in the second Test at Headingley, the match turned on its head and all but(...)

England’s Gary Ballance celebrates his maiden Test century in the first Test against Sri Lanka. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Gary Ballance’s maiden Test century put England back in control of their own destiny in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s.The hosts lost thei(...)

Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka celebrates reaching his century with teammate Mahela Jayawardena during day three of the first  Test against England  at Lord’s. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Kumar Sangakkara addressed one glaring omission on his outstanding CV by making his first Test hundred at Lord’s on a day of predictably hard grind f(...)

Jos Buttler of England leaves the field after being run out by Sachithra Senanayake of Sri Lanka during the One Day International match between England and Sri Lanka at Edgbaston. Photograph: Getty Images

Sri Lanka held their nerve to pip England to a 3-2 Royal London Series victory in a controversial decider at Edgbaston. England fought back after Sach(...)

Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake appeals for the run out of England’s Jos Buttler (not in picture) as umpire Michael Gough (R) signals during the fifth one-day international cricket match at Edgbaston.  Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters

Controversy took hold at Edgbaston after Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake angered the crowd by running out golden boy Jos Buttler in questionable circ(...)

Matthew Wade celebrates a wicket with Nathan Coulter-Nile of Australia during  the one-day international against England at the Adelaide Oval. Photograph: by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

In the end it was perhaps all for the best, as England lost a low-scoring and ultimately rather tense and gripping fifth one-day international by seve(...)

Eoin Morgan of England speaks with Michael Clarke of Australia during game three of the One Day International Series  at Sydney Cricket Ground. Photograph: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images

England did not just lose the Carlton Mid ODI series in Sydney. They may have also lost a captain as Alastair Cook, cutting an increasingly hangdog an(...)

Australia’s  Aaron Finch celebrates a century during the opening one-day international series between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday. Photograph:  Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

If this really was the opening step in the minting of a new era for English cricket then it must be said it looked similar to one or two other new era(...)