Jonathan Agnew

BBC cricket correspondent

Analysis and opinion from our cricket correspondent

About Jonathan

Now one of the regular voices on BBC's Test Match... Read more about Jonathan Agnew Special, Jonathan first came to note as a seam bowler of genuine pace.

In a first-class career spent entirely with Leicestershire, Jonathan took more than 650 first class wickets, including a best of 9-70 and represented England in three Tests and a further three one-day internationals.

After retiring from playing in 1990 aged just 30 (although he would return for one match two years later as Leicestershire suffered an injury crisis), Jonathan began to pursue a career in broadcasting and joined the TMS team in 1991.

Now the senior member of BBC's cricket team, Jonathan is a regular on the radio and BBC Sport website and also fronted the television coverage of the 1999 Cricket World Cup.

England folded miserably - Agnew

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England's performance on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord's was desperately disappointing.

To be bowled out for 103 in 37 overs on a flat pitch is nothing short of awful, or "unacceptable" as captain Alastair Cook rightly said.

Lord’s Test can be saved - Agnew

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Amid the doom and gloom of England's predicament in the second Test, the ongoing development of Ben Stokes provides a welcome chink of light.

His performances this summer have established him as a proper Test batsman. It was a great decision to move him up to number six and you can see the confidence that has given him.

Pitch choice assists Aussies - Agnew

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After their travails in Cardiff, Friday was the day when Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc truly bared their teeth.

Bowling full, fast and with just a hint of swing on a pitch that was still as benign as when England bowled on it, they blew away the top order to leave the hosts in a desperate position on 85-4, still 282 runs short of avoiding the follow-on.

Lord's Test not a draw yet - Agnew

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When Australia captain Michael Clarke won the toss on the first morning of the Lord's Test, he could barely conceal his satisfaction.

After their chastening defeat in Cardiff, Australia needed to put together a solid batting performance and lay down a platform and they did all that and more on a flat, slow pitch ideal for batting.

'Consistency now key for England'

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England's four-day victory in the first Ashes Test has to be one of the most unexpected triumphs they have ever had over Australia.

In the dressing-room they might have believed they could win, but everyone outside it was thinking they would do well to escape with a draw against a side that thrashed them 5-0 down under.

'Flawless England on course to win'

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This is a very different England team to the one that was whitewashed down under 18 months ago and if Australia didn't know that before this Ashes series, they do now.

Alastair Cook's team are in a great position from which to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series and after Friday's flawless performance that is exactly what they deserve.

'Risk-taking Australia reward England'

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It is advantage England after two days of the first Ashes Test as they made Australia pay for their risky approach to batting.

Moeen Ali was the star performer for the hosts, scoring a delightful 77 to help England get to 430 all out and taking two wickets as Australia closed the second day on 264-5.

Root shows the way for England

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When Joe Root walked to the crease on the first morning of the 2015 Ashes in Cardiff England were in deep trouble.

At 43-3, they needed someone not only to shore things up but also to counter-attack and that is exactly what the in-form Yorkshire batsman did as he wrested the initiative back to England, who reached 343-7 by the close.

How England can win the Ashes

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We are on the eve of the third Ashes series in two years, so England and Australia know each other well.

The last two have had vastly conflicting results - England winning 3-0 at home in 2013, before Australia totally dominated in a 5-0 whitewash some six months later.