Moeen Ali's Oval hat-trick among best moments of the Sky Cricket summer
Windies' win at Headingley, England Women's World Cup success, and Andrew Flintoff's tumble also picked!
By Sky Sports Cricket
Last Updated: 02/10/17 10:06am
England played their first international of a busy summer against Ireland in Bristol on May 5 and concluded it against the Windies at The Ageas Bowl on September 29.
There were plenty of on-field highlights across the five months, including Test series wins over South Africa and Windies as Joe Root kicked off his tenure as captain.
Shai Hope's twin tons in Windies' Test win at Headingley also caught the eye, as did England Women defeating India to win the World Cup at a sold-out Lord's in late July.
But what will the Sky Sports Cricket pundits remember most about the summer? Read on for their top moments and let us know yours on Twitter @Sky Cricket
It's been a long summer but of all the cricket I have seen this year, I thought that final day at Headingley was the best all summer. Unfortunately England got beat but the uncertainty, the tension, the drama, the personal story for Shai Hope and the narrative after West Indies suffered that absolute walloping at Edgbaston was fantastic. I was lucky enough to be on commentary for the final 45 minutes with Mikey Holding.
The atmosphere at Women's World Cup Final day at Lord's was also very family oriented - lots of girls, lots of kids, and very different to a Test match at the famous old ground, which can be corporate. England won the game, too, which was a great thing at the end.
Joe Root's 190 in his first Test as captain also springs to mind. One of the essentials as captain is to make sure you own game is in good working order and one of the risks in giving the job to Joe is that he is your best player. You don't want it to affect him so that start said 'it's not going to affect me'. He is a fine, fine player.
Sir Ian Botham
There have been lots [of great moments]. I thought West Indies comeback at Headingley was fantastic when everyone had written them off but I think I am going to go with Ben Stokes' hundred against South Africa at The Oval. It was great box-office cricket - everything was right about it.
Jimmy Anderson's 500th wicket was right up there as well and I really do think he can get to the 600s. It is a remarkable achievement to get 500 - you have to keep yourself fit for a long period of time while he also told people where to go when they tried to change his action! Anderson and Stuart Broad is one hell of a combination.
I have gone for Moeen Ali - I could have gone for about 15 different Moeen moments because I think he has been the man of the summer for England with bat, ball, his character, everything he means to English cricket in so many different ways.
His hat-trick at The Oval, against South Africa, which was secured on review when he had Morne Morkel lbw is my moment - I can't believe it wasn't given out initially. We panned to a lad in the crowd and he had his fingers crossed, so I thought that was a great moment.
West Indies winning the Test at Leeds as no-one expected it. I certainly didn't. To see Shai Hope batting so well and showing so much composure was my highlight. I have also enjoyed seeing Moeen Ali, who has improved and shown he has arrived as a proper cricketer.
That has impacted more, I think, than Anderson's bowling. That said, he has done brilliantly to take 500 Test wickets - twice my total, plus two and he looks like he could continue for a few more years yet.
Andrew Flintoff's tumble at T20 Finals Day was not only one of my favourite moments of the year but also of my life. This bloke has tortured me, called me Honey G, introduced me as Augustus Gloop, so this was everything - what more could you want?
Freddie thought he was Elvis and would go out there and romp the sing-off with Bumble but he forgot the words and tripped over. When my kids were born was one moment, [Freddie's fall] is two and then getting married probably the third or fourth. I will remember that moment for the rest of my life. I thought the whole show Edgbaston put on was fantastic.