Joe Root

Bowler Shannon Gabriel is being charged by the International Cricket Council.
Bigger is better, at least in the minds of the England selectors. The squad for the return Ashes trip this winter - or their summer - includes four towering seam bowlers in Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Chris Tremlett and the as-yet-uncapped Irishman Boyd Rankin.
It ended, not with a match-saving century or a game-winning delivery, but with bad light casting a shadow over the 2013 Ashes. However, the two sides are a lot closer than the scoreline would have you believe, as reflected in the following combined XI of the teams' best players...
It would be wrong to suggest that old is the new young. The likes of Agar and Root will return stronger for their difficulties in this series, and have every chance of playing a central role in the return series Down Under this winter. But those who derided Australia for calling up a 35-year-old must now retract their scorn.
England players can afford to relax after their Lord's victory against Australia gave them a 2-0 Ashes lead, and the Test
Forty-four years ago, Neil Armstrong took one small step for man. How appropriate Australia should commemorate that anniversary
Both sides have taken a gamble, albeit on players at opposite ends of their careers. Alastair Cook will be looking to lead from the front, and continue the remarkable form he showed in the 2010/11 series... The Aussies have bumped Shane Watson - who averages 48 in Ashes matches, 13 more than his overall average - back up to open, mostly due to a lack of other candidates.
England and Australia will stride out onto the Trent Bridge turf for the 67th Ashes series on Wednesday, as anticipation
An Australian batsman has been dropped for an international game after allegations of a "physical altercation" with an England
It's certainly a big decision for Cook and Andy Flower to make. While they won't want to discard Compton seemingly on the back of a couple of bad matches, they must plan not only for this Ashes series, but the one that subsequently follows and the long-term future as well.
England registered an eight-wicket win over New Zealand in Napier to level the one-day international series at 1-1 with one
The role of the BCCI as pantomime villain of world cricket continues. Just as news of a Test series involving India neglecting the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) had begun to induce a mere sigh of resignation in place of erstwhile outright consternation, they have upped the stakes.
Somewhere deep within Bopara and Dernbach lies that ability to win cricket matches for their country it is true, yet talent can only remain unfulfilled for so long. There comes a tipping point where an experiment needs to be grudgingly abandoned and a fresh one commenced in its place.
Pietersen is England's best batsman, in all forms of the game. In fact, he's one of the most talented batsman England have ever had, certainly in recent years at least. An England side without him is an England side weakened, as evidenced in the performances against South Africa in the third Test, and more noticeably in the World T20.
Kevin Pietersen has been left out of England's Test squad to tour India this winter, as the possibility of him returning