India's Murali Vijay struck a fine century in a dream county debut, guiding Essex to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Nottinghamshire in County Championship Division One match at Trent Bridge
England selectors mull over top order dilemma before Ashes, Mark Stoneman likely to partner Alastair Cook
England top order in recent times has seldom convinced barring opener Alastair Cook and captain Joe Root certain to play in the first Ashes test in Brisbane leaving England's selectors in quandary
England lacks 'absolute clarity' on best playing XI ahead of Ashes, says ECB director Andrew Strauss
Nevertheless, Strauss — who led England to a 3-1 Ashes triumph in Australia in 2010/11 — is adamant Root could match his achievement.
It is Essex's seventh title, all their previous successes coming between 1979 and their last one in 1992 when they retained the championship during the all-conquering years of England stars such as Graham Gooch, Nasser Hussain and Derek Pringle.
That this series victory has come with major contributions from their senior players — Alastair Cook, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and James Anderson — augers well for England.
A series win in Australia would see star batsman Root join a select group of post-World War II England captains who have led a side to Ashes glory Down Under.
Having become the first England bowler, and just the sixth in history, to reach the landmark figure on Friday, the 35-year-old Anderson carried on to post new Test-best figures of seven for 42 on Saturday as West Indies were dismissed for 177 in their second innings.
West Indies go into Thursday's third and deciding Test at Lord's with the chance to complete a dramatic turnaround and win their first series in England in almost 30 years.
"I'm sure they will be fully focused and ready to put things right in the next Test," said Trevor Bayliss.
England vs West Indies: Tom Westley maintains his place as hosts announce unchanged squad for 3rd Test
Tom Westley kept his place in an unchanged 13-man England squad announced on Wednesday for next week's decisive third Test against Windies at Lord's.
England vs West Indies, 2nd Test: Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope slam tons to hand visitors first-innings lead
Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope scored superb hundreds as the West Indies continued their remarkable turnaround by securing a first-innings lead against England in the second Test at Headingley on Saturday.
England has staged its first day-night Test match and while there was the frisson of the unknown about the first pink ball match seen in the country, in the end the result was all too grimly predictable.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder believes his pacemen can benefit from the "huge underdogs" and will look to my life uncomfortable for England. "It's just for our batsmen to make some runs," he said.
Keaton Jennings, Tom Westley, Dawid Malan worst batsmen to ever play Test cricket, says Damien Fleming
Former Australia quick Damien Fleming says England's top six contains some of the worst batsmen he has seen play Test cricket and believes the home pace attack will run through them in the Ashes series at the end of the year.
Catch the live updates of Day 4 of the fourth and final Test between England and South Africa at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
England vs South Africa: Moeen Ali stars on rain curtailed Day 3 as hosts close in on Test series win
Ali made South Africa pay for Dean Elgar dropping him on 15 when a low slip chance off left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj did not stick.
Catch all the live scores and updates from Day 2 of the fourth Test between England and South Africa at Old Trafford.
England vs South Africa, 4th Test: Kagiso Rabada's late strike gives Proteas edge over hosts on Day 1
England's Joe Root made a fifty for the tenth straight Test, but only two of those innings have yielded centuries, something that should concern the new skipper.
Catch the live scores and updates of the Day 5 of the third Test between England and South Africa.
England vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 4 at The Oval: Proteas lose four wickets after hosts set target of 492
Catch all the live updates and scores of the Day 4 of the third Test between England and South Africa.