Live updates

Essex's Cook named captain in ICC Team of the Year

Alastair Cook. Credit: PA

Essex batsman Alastair Cook has been named captain of the International Cricket Council's Test Team of the Year.

The 31-year-old, who is under pressure after his England side lost their recent series in India 4-0, is one of four Englishman picked with Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow also selected.

The team was put together by Rahul Dravid, Gary Kirsten and Kumar Sangakkara, with voting closing in September - a couple of months before England's heavy defeats in Asia.

England have since slipped to 5th in the world rankings and lost eight test matches in the calendar year.

  • ICC Test Team of the Year 2016

David Warner (Australia), Alastair Cook (England) (captain), Kane Williamson (New Zealand), Joe Root (England), Adam Voges (Australia), Jonny Bairstow (England) (wicketkeeper), Ben Stokes (England), R. Ashwin (India), Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka), Mitchell Starc (Australia), Dale Steyn (South Africa)

Essex sign New Zealand test bowler Wagner

Neil Wagner will spend half of next season with Essex. Credit: PA

Essex have signed New Zealand bowler Neil Wagner for the first half of next season.

The 30-year-old will be eligible to play in both the Royal London One-Day Cup and County Championship and will join up with his new teammates in pre-season.

Wagner impressed for Lancashire in Division One last season, taking 32 wickets in his nine games, and has also played 27 tests for his country.

Wagner will be replaced by Pakistan's Mohammad Amir for the second half of the campaign.

Neil will bring vast experience at the highest level to the Club, as well as a skill set that will be valuable in the opening months of the season.

He performed excellently for Lancashire last year and is also useful with the bat lower down the order. Hopefully he can help us hit the ground running in 2017.

– Chris Silverwood, Essex Head Coach


England collapse to shock test defeat in Bangladesh

Alastair Cook top scored for England. Credit: PA

An opening partnership of 100 runs between Essex's Alastair Cook and Northamptonshire's Ben Duckett couldn't prevent England from suffering a shock defeat to Bangladesh in the second test.

Duckett (56) and Cook (59) had put the tourists in control at tea in Dhaka but a spectacular collapse in the final session sealed a devastating 108-run defeat.

England lost 10 wickets for just 64 runs to be bowled out for just 164, with 19-year-old spinner Mehedi Hasan taking 6-77.

The loss means England are only the third nation to lose a test to Bangladesh, with the Tigers having previously only beaten Zimbabwe and West Indies.


One of cricket's brainiest players to make England debut

Zafar Ansari will make his England debut tomorrow. Credit: PA

Former Cambridge University student Zafar Ansari will make his England debut against Bangladesh tomorrow, captain Alastair Cook has confirmed.

The 24-year-old has a double first degree in Politics and Sociology - making him one of the cleverest players to ever represent his country.

The spinner is likely to replace his Surrey teammate Gareth Batty who played in the first test.

Ansari will be the first Cambridge alumni to play for England since Ed Smith did it in 2003.

England will be hoping to wrap up a 2-0 series win with victory in Dhaka.

England captain Cook signs new Essex deal

Alastair Cook is staying at Essex. Credit: PA

England captain Alastair Cook has signed a new contract with Essex.

The 31-year-old made his debut for the county back in 2003 after coming through the academy.

Cook scored 643 runs in just seven games last season as Essex stormed to the County Championship Division Two title.

Cook's new deal will run until the end of the 2018 season.

It was an easy decision to sign with the club for another year. Although I am away with England a lot, this club means a lot to me and I am grateful for the opportunity they gave me as a youngster.

I love coming back to the club when I can and contributing to a title winning season meant a great deal.

– Alastair Cook, Essex
Ben Duckett had a remarkable season in the County Championship. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Northamptonshire batsman Ben Duckett has been named the Cricket Writers' Club Young Player of the Year.

The 21-year-old enjoyed an incredible season at Northants, making 1,338 runs in the County Championship.

He could make his England debut this winter after being called up for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.

Cambridgeshire's Charlotte Edwards has made history too - she won the inaugral women's prize.

England batsman Duckett commits future to Northants

Ben Duckett has been in sensational form for Northamptonshire. Credit: PA

Highly-rated Northamptonshire Steelbacks batsman Ben Duckett has signed a new contract with the county until the end of 2018.

The 21-year-old has been called up for England's upcoming tour of Bangladesh following a brilliant domestic season where he scored 1,338 runs in Division Two, including two double centuries.

That had led to speculation that other clubs would look to poach him away but Duckett has decided to commit his future to Northants.

The opportunities that I have had at Northamptonshire have enabled me to gain invaluable game time resulting in an amazing year for me.

I intend to make the most of playing for my country which is a dream come true, but I’m looking forward to coming back to Wantage Road and building on Northamptonshire’s success.

– Ben Duckett, Northamptonshire Steelbacks

Duckett has also been nominated for the Professional Cricketers' Association Player of the Year award.

Load more updates