Stephen Brenkley

Stephen Brenkley is Cricket Correspondent for The Independent.

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Alastair Cook leads his England side from the field after rain and bad light stop play

Alastair Cook 'gutted' after World Cup sacking

Cook said it will 'take him a while' to get over it

After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period

Loyalty went too far – now Alastair Cook’s exit smacks of sheer panic

COMMENT: There were several times this year when England could have simply asked the captain to stand down

After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period

Alastair Cook: England finally axe Cook as one-day captain

Cook oversaw a fourth straight series defeat in the recent tour of Sri Lanka and has not scored an ODI century in 45 matches

Gary Ballance celebrates reaching his maiden Test century at Lord’s in June

Gary Ballance interview: Ballance shows perfect timing for England

After reaching his debut Test century at Lord’s with a six and making the  switch up to No 3 with aplomb, the batsman tells Stephen Brenkley how, apart from a certain topless photo, everything has gone his way this year

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Paul Downton ends all the speculation by backing his captain Alastair Cook

England supremo says that struggling Cook will lead team at the World Cup

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Sri Lanka vs England: Alastair Cook stays at the helm despite another wretched performance

Moores admits other selectors might differ but keeps faith with struggling captain after England concede one-day series with comprehensive defeat to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka vs England: Alastair Cook safe barring a mutiny

Cook made two vital errors but it will take a lot to see him demoted

Ben Stokes underwent surgery on a broken wrist suffered when he punched a locker

England's struggling Ben Stokes and green Harry Gurney set for World Cup heartbreak

Stokes has lost his way since breaking his hand

Joe Root hits out on his way to a match-winning century for England yesterday

England vs Sri Lanka: Root pulls the strings as England cruise to win

Sri Lanka 239 England 240-5: England averted the mother of all muck-ups

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