Englands’  Eoin Morgan is struck on the head  off the bowling of Mitchell Starc of Australia during the 5th Royal London One-Day International  between England and Australia at Old Trafford. Photo:  Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images

There has been a pattern to England’s one-day cricket over the years. Too often the focus has been on the output of those in charge, which has not al(...)

 James Taylor is unbeaten on 74 after the second day of the third Test match against Pakistan in Sharjah. Photograph: Getty

When it comes to batting, the word “busy” may have been coined especially for James Taylor. He does not do serene or languid. There is no violence to (...)

Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah  celebrates with team-mates Sarfraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz after dismissing England’s Adil Rashid  to win the second Test  at Dubai Cricket Stadium. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

In October 1952, Pakistan beat India on a matting wicket in Lucknow to record their first Test victory. Sixty three years on to the very day, in the D(...)

Joe Root and Ian Bell leave the field after bad light cut England’s pursuit of the 99 needed to win the first Test against Pakistan short. Photograph: Getty

England fell 25 agonising runs short, and had to settle for a draw after all, when bad light halted their attempt to chase 99 for an improbable victor(...)

England regained The Ashes despite a final Test defeat at the Oval, winning the series 3-2. Photogrpah: Afp

England descended to defeat by an innings and 46 runs in the fifth Investec Test to narrow the margin of their 2015 Ashes series success to 3-2. The h(...)

Australia’s Steve Smith is congratulated after dismissing England’s Alastair Cook. Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters

Jos Buttler insists it has still been “a fantastic series” for England despite Australia moving to within four wickets of winning the final Ashes Test(...)

England’s Ben Stokes (third from left) celebrates after taking a stunning  catch to dismiss Australian batsman Adam Voges off the bowling of Stuart Broad during the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge. Photograph:  Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

A rampant Stuart Broad took eight wickets as England ripped out shell-shocked Australia for 60 in an extraordinary and dramatic start to the fourth A(...)

England’s Steven Finn gets an edge through to Ian Bell to dismiss Australia batsman Adam Voges during the third Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Day two, close: Australia 136 & 168-7 lead England 281 by 23 runs Steven Finn, with a five-wicket haul on his return to Test cricket, has (...)

 Ben Stokes  takes a catch at fifth slip as Jimmy Anderson takes his fifth wicket to remove Australia’s Mitchell Johnson during the first day of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Photograph:   Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Third Test, day one: Australia 136; England 133-3 All the England bowlers have craved in order to contest this series is a little bit of help. Give th(...)

England capitulated to 103 all out to hand Australia a 405 run win in the second Ashes Test match at Lord’s. Photograph: Afp

England descended to an embarrassing 405-run defeat inside four days at Lord’s as Mitchell Johnson hastened their collapse and Australia levelled the (...)