Stephen Brenkley

Stephen Brenkley is Cricket Correspondent for The Independent.

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Moeen Ali (above) will open the batting with Alastair Cook on Friday

Sri Lanka A vs England: England spring early surprise by moving Moeen Ali to opener

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Harry Gurney walks to an England nets session at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo

Sri Lanka vs England: Harry Gurney mines different seam to make ODI breakthrough

Among the more prized assets sought by cricket teams is a left-arm swing bowler. It changes angles, methods, moods and sometimes matches. Mitchell Johnson, the leading modern practitioner, was made world cricketer of the year last week for the second time and the verdict was beyond debate.

Matt Prior (right) and Kevin Pietersen celebrate retaining the Ashes in Melbourne in 2010

‘Big Cheese’ Matt Prior keeps cool in shadow of Kevin Pietersen’s insults

England’s much-admired wicketkeeper-batsman is maintaining a dignified silence over the vitriol heaped on him by the outcast. Stephen Brenkley pays tribute to a true team player who is currently more focused on regaining his form and fitness

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Ian Bell moved to No 3 in the one-day side at the end of the summer and is happy to play there against Sri Lanka

Bell wants aggressive response by England

'People would rather see us be aggressive and lose instead of be timid and come away with nothing', says Bell

England captain Alastair Cook addresses the press at Lord’s on Friday

Alastair Cook sees opportunity to make critics change tune

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Moeen Ali interview: I'll take fight to boo-boys, says England bowler

As he showed with the wristbands supporting Palestine, the England spinner is not slow in expressing his beliefs. He tells Stephen Brenkley being barracked by India fans has made him determined to justify a deep loyalty to his place of birth

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Root seeks World Cup plunder after becoming middle-order buccaneer

Former England opener enjoys role that gives scope to attack

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Ben Stokes: The meteoric rise and then fall of one of England's hottest prospects

In the first of three interviews with England’s hottest young prospects, Stephen Brenkley talks to the Durham all-rounder about his meteoric rise and then fall from grace after he broke his hand punching a locker

Kevin Pietersen autobiography: KP will not cast feats of Andy Flower into the shadows

A coach is invariably defined by how often his teams win. It is a truth universally acknowledged. Win and he stays in the job, lose and he is packing his troubles in the old kitbag faster than a Mitchell Johnson bumper.

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