International Cricket

Chris Waters: Why Tests are no longer in the pink

THE pink-ball game taking place at Edgbaston is another attempt to popularise Test cricket.

Joe Root

Root and Cook are both in the pink at Edgbaston

Old-firm centurions Alastair Cook and Joe Root provided England’s bankable constants in an ever-changing world at Edgbaston.

England captain Joe Root, left, and fellow century-maker Alastair Cook.

More like a one-dayer than a Test match, says captain

England captain Joe Root described his first experience of day-night Test cricket in this country as “strange” but that did not stop him leading his side to a day of domination in the first Investec Test against West Indies at Edgbaston.

England's Joe Root during the nets session at Edgbaston, Birmingham. (Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire)

England v West Indies: Root makes light of day-night rhetoric as pink-ball pioneers prepare to tackle West Indies

Joe Root is determined his England team will not be spooked by the pink ball in this country’s first day-night Test match.

Yorkshires Joe Root is sprayed with bubbly as he holds aloft the Investec Series trophy after England  in their first series under his captaincy  beat South Africa at Old Trafford to complete a 3-1 triumph (Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire).

England win but Bayliss aware batting issues must be resolved ahead of Ashes

England wrapped up an emphatic Test series win over South Africa with another grandstand finish from Moeen Ali, but head coach Trevor Bayliss warned a 3-1 scoreline would not “paper over the cracks” in their batting.

England's Moeen Ali bats during day three of the Fourth Investec Test at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. (Picture: PA)

England v South Africa: Moeen Ali goes on instinct and rewards his family’s journey

Moeen Ali is confident he has helped put England in a winning position after ‘riding the wave’ in his instinctive counter-attacking half-century at Old Trafford.

BROUGHT TO HIS KNEES: South Africas Faf du Plessis kneels on the ground after missing an attempted catch at Old Trafford yesterday. His side trail 2-1 in the four-match Test series and are facing a third defeat to England and their new captain Joe Root. (Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA)

England v South Africa: Battling England in position to ensure series win

England remain strong favourites to win the fourth Investec Test after Moeen Ali’s late strokeplay arrested their second-innings slide.

Keaton Jennings: Made only 17 for England on day one of the fourth Test against South Africa.

Hameed’s presence provides reminder to faltering Jennings

Keaton Jennings has been put on notice that Haseeb Hameed could soon be “breathing down his neck” for England’s opening spot.

Well done captain: Joe Root, right, is congratulated by team-mate Ben Stokes after recording a half-century for England for the 10th match in succession. (Picture: PA)

England v South Africa: Root is again let down by fragile top order

Yorkshire’s Joe Root continued to shrug off the burdens of captaincy with yet another half-century in the fourth Investec Test, but South Africa again exposed frailties in England’s top order.

England's Keaton Jennings walks off after being dismissed on day four of the Test at The Oval (Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire).

Root is hopeful that Jennings will gain momentum from his score at The Oval

England's Ben Stokes celebrates taking the wicket of South Africa's captain Faf du Plessis.

Ben Stokes wants the last laugh in his personal battle with ‘gutsy’ Dean Elgar

Ben Stokes can scarcely wait for the next round of his skirmish with South Africa opener Dean Elgar in this week’s Old Trafford Test.

HISTORY-MAKER: Englands Moeen Ali, centre, is lifted after completing his hat-trick to win the 100th Oval Test against South Africa by trapping last man Morne Morkel leg before after a successful review. It was the first Test hat-trick recorded at the ground. Picture: Nigel French/PA

Captain Joe Root praises ‘outstanding’ England after Oval victory

Moeen Ali’s first hat-trick in any standard of cricket made history at The Oval – and gave him plenty to talk about as England reflected on their 239-run victory over South Africa.

England's Toby Roland-Jones (second right) celebrates after taking the wicket of South Africa's Vernon Philander at The Oval. Picture: Nigel French/PA

England and Joe Root answer critics in style with emphatic Oval win over South Africa

JOE ROOT praised England’s character after his side produced a remarkable turnaround to beat South Africa by 239 runs in the third Test at the Oval.

Yorkshire's Peter Handscomb. Picture: Alex Whitehead/

Peter Handscomb exits Yorkshire but door remains open to return

YORKSHIRE are not ruling out the possibility of re-signing Australian batsman Peter Handscomb in the future.

England's Ben Stokes celebrates taking the wicket of South Africa's captain Faf du Plessis. Picture: Adam Davy/PA.

Video - England v South Africa: Intimidating Stokes puts hosts in driving seat

Stuart Broad is confident England can bowl their way to victory over South Africa at The Oval today – especially if they can get fiery all-rounder Ben Stokes in the mood for taking wickets again.

England's Joe Root crashes a four through the covers against South Africa on day four at The Oval. Picture: Adam Davy/PA

Highlights: England scent Oval victory but Elgar remains defiant

England will return on the final day of The Oval’s 100th Test in pursuit of six more South Africa wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the Investec series.

England's Anya Shrubsole celebrates the wicket of India's Rajeshwari Gayakwad during the ICC Women's World Cup Final at Lord's, London. (Picture: John Walton/PA Wire.)

Weekend Interview: Women’s cricket has to cash in on World Cup win – Mark Robinson

WHEN The Times devotes half its front page to the story of England winning the World Cup, as it did last Monday, it can be stated with some degree of certainty that women’s cricket has never had it so good.

England celebrate victory during the ICC Women's World Cup Final at Lord's, London. (Picture: John Walton/PA Wire)

Yorkshire’s Diamonds play integral role in England Women’s World Cup win

MARK ROBINSON has paid tribute to the three Yorkshire Diamonds’ stars in his band of World Cup winners.

England's Toby Roland-Jones celebrates after bowling out South Africa's Quinton de Kock. Picture: Adam Davy/PA

England v South Africa: Simple plan produces dream debut for Toby Roland-Jones

Day two of Toby Roland-Jones’s England debut was a success as he ran through South Africa’s top order in the third Investec Test at The Oval.

England's Ben Stokes celebrates reaching a century at the Kia Oval. Picture: Adam Davy/PA

England v South Africa (day two): Restraint works for Ben Stokes as England get on top

Ben Stokes’ fifth Test century and Toby Roland-Jones’s four-wicket burst on debut put England well on top after day two against South Africa at The Oval.

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