Jonathan Agnew

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.

Pakistan's Yasir Shah getting ready to bowl

How do you solve a problem like Yasir?

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England have got an awful lot of work to do between now and Friday morning, when they next take on Pakistan.

Somehow, before the second Test at Old Trafford, they need to devise a plan to deal with Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah - which is difficult because English batsmen don't see enough wrist-spin.

Jonny Bairstow

'Brilliant Bairstow is up for the fight'

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As soon as Jonny Bairstow walked down the pavilion steps at Lord's on Thursday afternoon, you could see a man ready to make runs.

It wasn't just his body language, although that spoke of a batsman in form - confident, deliberate, not intimidated by either the august surroundings or the somewhat dire situation his side were in.

James Anderson celebrates a wicket

'Anderson at brilliant best but Finn short of form'

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Generally speaking, England will be very happy to have won the Test series against Sri Lanka without really breaking sweat.

Even though they did not finish the job quite as quickly as they did in the first Test, their nine-wicket win in the second Test at Chester-le-Street was still very comprehensive, and Sri Lanka were never really in the game.

England celebrate

England learned little from win - Agnew

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England's big victory in the first Test against Sri Lanka turned out to be rather predictable.

Faced with conditions so helpful to the pace bowlers, an inexperienced and underprepared Sri Lanka team were always going to be outplayed, although perhaps not to the tune of an innings-and-88-run defeat, the 13th-fastest in terms of balls bowled in the history of Test cricket.

Alex Hales and Nick Compton playing for England in South Africa

'England begin summer with eye on future'

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The beginning of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley marks the start of an interesting summer for England.

With the Olympics and football's European Championship, attention will be elsewhere and cricket may end up on the back-burner. It's up to the England team to make sure people do not take their eyes off them by winning and playing in an attractive, eye-catching manner.