Gareth Breese of Durham

England's spin cupboard is looking empty, but Durham hope they can help out

England go into a Test this week without a quality specialist spinner available. Stuart Rayner looks into the efforts being made to address that

Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes

Stuart Rayner: Odd for England to overlook one bright light of miserable Ashes

As a new England era begins, it is disappointing Ben Stokes will not be there at the start of it, reflects Stuart Rayner

Mark Stoneman of Durham

Paul Collingwood: If England want to be more positive, Mark Stoneman is the answer

Durham captain Paul Collingwood believes Mark Stoneman is "perfect" if England want to play more positive cricket

Durham cricketer Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood: Angelo Mathews will regret 'Mankad' madness

Paul Collingwood believes Angelo Mathews will regret his decision to allow Jos Buttler's run-out to stand - as he rues his own moment of controversy

Ben Stokes

Durham v Lancashire, T20 preview: County will come before country in deciding Stokes' role

Durham will consider England's wishes before deciding Ben Stokes' Twenty20 role for them, but it will not dictate their ideas

Durham batsman Paul Collingwood in action

Leaving Durham would be hard if coach call comes reckons Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood enjoyed his first forray into professional coaching - but that does not mean he is guaranteed to go back

Dale Benkenstein (left) has joined Hampshire, while Paul Collingwood could be involved in the England coaching set-up

The Agenda: England's rebuilding leaves Durham uncertain about their future

A surfeit of would-be coaches could leave Durham short of players for 2014. Stuart Rayner on a period of uncertainty

Gateshead-born fast bowler Graham Onions

World Twenty20 call-up shows Graham Onions is still in England's thoughts

Graham Onions' selection in a 30-man provisional ICC World Twenty20 squad is a sign he is still in England's thoughts

Scott Borthwick of Durham CCC

Scott Borthwick's Ashes call-up leaves Durham with questions to ponder

After a Festive season of giving to England, Durham might need to think about receiving a new player in 2014

Durham CCC all-rounder Ben Stokes

The Agenda: Why Ben Stokes might be the next North East sporting icon

Durham CCC all-rounder Ben Stokes can be the North East's next genuine star believes Chief Sports Writer Mark Douglas

Graham Onions

England's selectors must look to county cricket to reinvigorate the team

At the start of the Ashes series, England's team looked reassuringly settled. Now it smacks of stagnation.

Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes given first shot at England's Ashes place

Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes has been handed an early opportunity to be England's No.6 in the forthcoming Ashes series

Durham batsman Mark Stoneman

Mark Stoneman and Scott Borthwick tipped for Test cricket

Michael Di Venuto has tipped Durham's Mark Stoneman and Scott Borthwick for England honours

Stuart Broad of England celebrates after claiming the wicket of Brad Haddin of Australia

Thrilling finale to Durham Ashes Test

For more than 20 years North East cricket fans have dreamt of Ashes cricket in their own backyard. None could have imagined it would be like this

Ben Stokes of Durham CCC

Ben Stokes tipped to star for England in The Ashes

Unless Graham Onions gets the nod this morning, Chester-le-Street’s first Ashes Test will be its first five-day game not to feature a Durham player

I’d love to make the Ashes – Graham Onions

GRAHAM Onions admits he is still “desperate” to play for England, although he admits to feeling a “long way off” national team recognition.

Where there’s a Will there’s a way

WILL Smith started the 2008 cricket season fearing it could be his last but ended it being tipped to play for England and captain his county.

Harmison left out of the Test

STEVE Harmison has been left out of the England side for the First Test against Sri Lanka which started this morning as coach Peter Moores was unwilling to take a risk with the fast bowler, writes LUKE EDWARDS.

Hero Gibson proves to be irreplaceable

DURHAM will not try to replace last season’s leading wicket-taker Ottis Gibson as the West Indian concentrates on his coaching career with England.

Mustard in shock over England call

HE was expecting to spend his winter honing his batting in India, but Phil Mustard believes there is a place “up for grabs” as England’s Test wicketkeeper after instead being one of four players promoted to the five-day squad for the first time after impressing in the limited overs series win over Sri Lanka.

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