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There are rumours that the batsman's England career is over

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A compelling start to the Investec Ashes has been overshadowed somewhat by umpiring controversies.

The Australians celebrate dismissing Jonny Bairstow yesterday

Ashes 2013: There’s plenty to admire but jury is still out on Jonny Bairstow

England’s No 6 showed some glimpses but questions remain over his ability at top level

Ed Cowan of Australia is caught off the bowling of Steven Finn

Ashes 2013: Wickets tumble on dramatic opening day at Trent Bridge

Report from the first day as England fight back after being bowled out

Andy Flower: ‘Emotions play a big part in all our lives,’ said the England team director

Ashes 2013: Andy Flower and England to ride wave of emotion against Australia

Coach wants players to follow their hearts in first Test after naming Onions in 13-man squad

Kevin Pietersen: Back from injury

Ashes: Nick Compton dropped from England squad to face Australia as Kevin Pietersen returns

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Virat Kohli of India celebrates victory during the ICC Champions Trophy Final between England and India at Edgbaston
Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan of England celebrate hitting the winning runs as England secure a place in the final

Champions Trophy: Jonathan Trott’s style is made to measure as England get an easy ride

Under-fire batsman delivers shot at glory in final as South Africa self-destruct again

Delighted: England captain Alastair Cook was pleased with the display

Champions Trophy: Narrow win against New Zealand sees England through to semi-finals

England overcame New Zealand when it mattered most, and narrowly beat the Cardiff weather too, to book their place in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy.

Steven Finn was back in training with England at Trent Bridge

Fast fillip for England as Steve Finn and Stuart Broad set to return for final ODI against New Zealand

After two weak batting displays, Ian Bell wants to see good scores that the bowlers can defend

Eoin Morgan is in danger of being dropped by England for the third ODI against New Zealand

Stephen Brenkley: It is a terrible time for England's skillsets to hit the skids

Two inadequate totals have been mixed with weak bowling efforts

Eoin Morgan walks off after losing his wicket to Mitchell McClenaghan

Champions Trophy: Can Eoin Morgan steer England out of ODI batting mire?

Since being duffed up by Australia four years ago, England have become formidable at home. They have lost the odd match but not one of the eight series, and although they have occasionally performed indifferently they have recovered.

Martin Guptill cracked a match-winning 103 not out

England v New Zealand: Alastair Cook yearns for speedy recovery of Stuart Broad and Steven Finn

Alastair Cook was left “crossing his fingers” over the fitness of key fast bowlers Stuart Broad and Steven Finn with just a week to go before England’s opening ICC Champions Trophy clash against Australia.

Alastair Cook looks on nervously during a rain break yesterday

James Lawton: Lucky England captain Alastair Cook narrowly avoids letting New Zealand off the hook

England's 2-0 series win had come within a few droplets of being expunged

England's captain Alastair Cook, center, celebrates with trophy and his teammates after defeating New Zealand on the fifth day of the second Test match against New Zealand

Second Test: Graeme Swann grabs six wickets as England beat New Zealand by 247 runs

England 354 & 287-5 New Zealand 174 & 220 (England win by 247 runs)

England v New Zealand - Report from Day Three at Headingley

England may well have squandered the psychological edge they held over New Zealand, but they have played themselves into an incredibly strong position at the close of play on Day Three.

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