Joe Root and Ben Stokes led a magnificent fightback to regain the initiative against New Zealand on day one of the first Test at Lord’s on Thursday.
England captain Alastair Cook denied he threatened to resign if Kevin Pietersen was brought back into the England fold.
The England and Wales Cricket Board’s reasons for barring Kevin Pietersen’s return to the national team were undermined when Ian Bell said he had not witnessed any breakdown in trust between the exiled batsman and his England teammates.
Scant consolation, perhaps, but James Anderson took seven wickets for 77 runs in the dismal third-Test loss against the West Indies to overtake arch-rival Dale Steyn on the list of all-time wicket-takers.
The Twitter fraternity lets the England team know the mood out there over that performance
Kevin Pietersen has repeated his desire to get back into the England set-up… especially as the younger players ‘need me’.