Stephen Brenkley

Stephen Brenkley is Cricket Correspondent for The Independent.

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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.

Sam Robson is likely to make his Test debut at the top of the England order at Lord’s

Sri Lanka series: England will play safe and hand debut to Sam Robson

Middlesex man likely to become Alastair Cook's eighth opening partner in Tests
Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake (3R) reacts after controversially running out England's Jos Buttler (L) during the fifth ODI at Edgbaston

England v Sri Lanka fifth ODI: England moans paper over cracks

England 219 Sri Lanka 222-4 (Sri Lanka win by six wickets): Senanayake’s ‘Mankading’ of Buttler merely a sideshow to another poor limited-overs display as Cook’s men lose the series

England coach Peter Moores (right) and Eoin Morgan at Edgbaston yesterday before the final game of the one-day series, which stands at 2-2

England vs Sri Lanka ODI series: Peter Moores needs team and Cook to put it all together

Coach admits his side have not played a complete game as they face decider against Sri Lanka

Andrew Flintoff bowling in the nets at Old Trafford yesterday

Flintoff’s return will be a Blast – and put bums on seats at the circus

Muhammad Ali did it. So did Michaels Schumacher and Jordan. Frank Sinatra made virtually a second career out of it. Now Andrew Flintoff is joining the illustrious cast of those who simply could not resist returning to what it was they did best and for whom the walk into the sunset became swathed in shadow.

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

Chris Jordan in line to bounce himself into England Test team after performances against Sri Lanka

The bowler took five wickets in the most recent ODI

Jordan helps pull apart Sri Lanka as England enjoy crushing victory

Career-best five for 29 brings Sri Lanka's third-lowest ODI total

Jimmy Anderson says England need to improve ‘pretty quickly’ before next year’s World Cup

Jimmy Anderson: England old guard need to help captain Cook

These are challenging, exciting and worrying times for England. Being under new management is a cause for both optimism and uncertainty. The former was outstripping the latter until the heavy defeat against Sri Lanka on Sunday, which has left everybody involved in a perplexed state.

Eoin Morgan top-scored for England with 40 runs in the defeat

ODI: Captain Eoin Morgan labels England 'abysmal' as Sri Lanka level the series with huge victory

Sri Lanka 256-8 (50 overs) beat England 99 (26.1 overs) by 157 runs

James Anderson is bowled by Sachithra Senanayake and England are all out for 99

England skittled out for 99 in Sri Lanka ODI defeat: Inexcusable collapse confirms severity of rebuilding job

Sri Lanka 256-8 (50 overs) beat England 99 (26.1 overs) by 157 runs

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