Stephen Brenkley

Stephen Brenkley is Cricket Correspondent for The Independent.

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Gary Ballance on his way to a century while

England v Sri Lanka: Gary Ballance cuts loose to set up England for final-day victory push

First Test - day four: England 575-9 dec & 267-8 v Sri Lanka 453

Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka in action during day three of 1st Investec Test match between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's

England v Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara stars as England bowlers toil on unhelpful surface

Stylish Sri Lankan veteran reaches his first century at the home of cricket but there was little else to shout about

Joe Root sweeps on his way to an unbeaten double century at Lord’s yesterday
One of England’s three debutants, Mooen Ali, bats in the nets at Lord’s yesterday; he is due to come in at six and bowl off-spin

Desperately seeking Ballance: England shuffle Test batting order

Yorkshire's No 5 will bat at first wicket down and Root was opening a year ago but comes in at five – so it's up to the bowlers to lead the way
Alastair Cook, the England captain, needs runs almost as much as a win

England v Sri Lanka: Alastair Cook quick to defend decision to leave popular pair out of side

Captain explains omission of success stories Stokes and Buttler for first Test
Kevin Pietersen of Surrey sitting on the bench after his innings during the NatWest T20 Blast match between Surrey and Essex Eagles

Kevin Pietersen’s XI aimed at fans impatient for England revival

Pietersen paid the price for England's failings Down Under and while he admits he is 'grateful' for his England career, he is pleased to have left the international fold

Double take: Lord’s has not seen a longer beard than Moeen Ali’s since WG Grace’s days

England v Sri Lanka: It’s Ali (W)G

The unmissable Moeen Ali says he will be representing more than England when he plays at Lord’s on Thursday

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The job has already been filled in the past by Stuart Broad and Matt Prior
Chris Jordan (R) celebrates after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Nuwan Kulasekara during the third One Day International (ODI) cricket match between England and Sri Lanka at Old Trafford

England announce Test squad: Sam Robson, Chris Jordan and Moeen Ali give England fresh new look but they must find slow bowler

Sri Lanka face an ordeal by pace but Cook’s rebuilt team have to unearth a proper spinner before next summer’s Ashes

Stephen Brenkley: Do not say 'it's not cricket' - moral grey areas define the game

Cricket abounds with ethical dilemmas. Sometimes they appear to be the reason for its existence, as if it alone can provide a nation's moral compass. The latest example seems certain to influence the temper of the rest of the summer, or at least the Test series of two matches between England and Sri Lanka.

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