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What a fine mess English cricket finds itself in. Yet for supporters of a certain age, the last two months in Australia have just been a return to normal service.

Cricket: Tantrum Twin stays ahead of the mind game

Schoolboy prodigy, bad boy of Middlesex, English cricket's potential saviour - Mark Ramprakash has been all these things. Derek Pringle met him

Cricket: Millennium man and his men for the millennium

Stephen Brenkley selects his England side for the near future

Cricket:In search of the lost spark

As Michael Atherton fights the doubts gnawing at his game, his mentor puts concern into perspective; Derek Pringle says England's captain needs head and heart to rule in Barbados

Cricket: Atherton pays for lacking a plan

THERE is nothing more irritating and frustrating in cricket than having to field through a long last-wicket partnership. England came out on the fourth morning thinking the job was done and all they had to do was to go through the motions until the last West Indian wicket fell.

Cricket: Headley and Caddick fail to learn lesson of first Test

HOW MICHAEL Atherton must have wished that he had stayed true to his instincts. He is a captain who always prefers to bat first and having had a good look at the pitch this morning, he was in two minds.

Cricket: Russell may pay price of failure

PLAN B, or not Plan B? That is the question. But, with England hoping to play an unchanged side in today's third Test against the West Indies, minor surgery is required if England are to recover and get back in the series.

Cricket: Caddick and Headley on rebound

ANDY CADDICK and Dean Headley were licking their wounds from public criticism in Port of Spain yesterday. Just how they react to it will have a significant bearing on England's Caribbean campaign.

Cricket: Pitch betrays hurried preparation

Port of Spain is full of cricket pitch experts from Jamaica, where they were all able to nod their heads knowingly and predict mayhem.

Cricket: All eyes on Trinidad pitch

With the second Test against England due to start here in Trinidad today, the pitch debate in the Caribbean refuses to die down. Pat Rousseau, the president of the West Indies Cricket Board, has called for a change in the rules to prevent the premature abandonment of Test matches in the future.

Cricket: Ambrose casts shadow as Atherton ponders tactics

The pitch again presents Michael Atherton with a conundrum as the England captain prepares for the second Test against West Indies, which starts today.

Cricket: Catalogue of calamity: First West Indies test

10.05: Courtney Walsh bowls to Michael Atherton to start the Test series.

Cricket: Warnings from Lara and Walsh

THE two central figures in the soap opera that has been West Indies cricket over the past month proved that on the pitch at least they are likely to pose plenty of problems for Michael Atherton's men in the immediate future.

Cricket: Atherton's hopes for Gough

Darren Gough may still play in the West Indies this winter. As Derek Pringle reports, Michael Atherton was yesterday still holding out hope for England's best fast bowler.

Sport in '98: Captain courageous Atherton has the experience and talent to prove his critics wrong

Whatever else happens, 1998 will settle the arguments over Michael Atherton's position in the pecking order of England captains. He can be acknowledged already as one of the most stubborn and thickskinned; the coming months will determine whether he is remembered for more.
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