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Building confidence Mark Butcher

Building confidence

England should have declared early but must not be too harshly criticised, says Mark Butcher.

Maximum potential Mark Butcher

Maximum potential

England's batsmen must go all out in their final warm-up match against India, says Mark Butcher.

Leave Buttler be Mark Butcher

Leave Buttler be

Mark Butcher says England could 'waste' Jos Buttler's talents if he is shunted up into their T20 top order.

Wright of return Mark Butcher

Wright of return

Luke Wright's Big Bash exploits are enhancing his England 50-over chances, says Mark Butcher.

Jordan 'a rare talent' Mark Butcher

Jordan 'a rare talent'

Chris Jordan can push his World Cup claims by rocking Australia in the ODI series, says Mark Butcher.

Cook 'too predictable' Mark Butcher

Cook 'too predictable'

Alastair Cook must become more streetwise if he is to continue as England's captain, says Mark Butcher.

Busy Root Mark Butcher

Busy Root

Mark Butcher says that Joe Root had a 'busy' and 'accomplished' innings for England.

Test time for Bailey Mark Butcher

Test time for Bailey

George Bailey's remarkable form in India should earn him an Ashes starting spot, says Mark Butcher.

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Captain Cook so relieved

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Double delight for Madsen

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Colombo Test up for grabs

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Eng v Ind: T3 D1

Eng v Ind: T3 D1

Ian Botham and Alastair Cook himself reflect on the skipper's morale-boosting 95.

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Alastair Cook can ease pressure with runs in third Test, says Tom Collomosse

Alastair Cook can ease pressure with runs in third Test, says Tom Collomosse

Alastair Cook needs only to score some runs to silence his captaincy critics, Tom Collomosse told Cricket Writers on TV.