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.

Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook & Jonny Bairstow look disappointed after the Ashes loss

'England can't brush defeat under carpet'

Read full article on Ashes: England's Ashes defeat cannot be brushed under carpet - Jonathan Agnew

Australia's 4-0 Ashes victory was a fair result, and well done to them, but those at the top of English cricket must ensure the team is better prepared for such challenges in the future.

I said exactly the same last winter after England had been beaten 4-0 in India - their batsmen suffering at the hands of the home side's spinners.

Alastair Cook

Cook's quality endures like Federer and Nadal - Agnew

Read full article on Ashes: Alastair Cook has silenced questions over England future with double century

In hitting a magnificent 244 not out on day three of the fourth Ashes Test against Australia, Alastair Cook has ensured the questions about his future will go away.

I spoke to him after he reached his century on day two and there was disappointment this score has not come when the Ashes were still alive, but he has still gone out and played a magnificent innings.

Alastair Cook, James Anderson & Stuart Broad

'Not necessarily the end for England trio'

Read full article on Ashes: Anderson, Broad and Cook may have England future - Jonathan Agnew

England's Ashes defeat is rather predictable - before the tour began we worried about the effectiveness of their bowling attack and feared their tail would be blown away all too easily.

What we didn't expect was for Joe Root and Alastair Cook to struggle with the bat while the likes of Dawid Malan and Mark Stoneman would score runs.

Jonathan Agnew

'Careers on the line for England'

Read full article on Ashes: 'England must find consistency or international careers will be on the line'

I said both before the Ashes series began and then again after England lost in Brisbane that the second Test, the day-nighter in Adelaide, was their lifeline.

The pink ball, the floodlights and conditions that seemed ideal for their bowlers were a wonderful opportunity for them to win a Test, level the series and maybe build a platform from which to retain the Ashes.

Joe Root in action for England

'Australia are firm favourites but England can dream'

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I have found England's fightback in the second Ashes Test as enjoyable and as intense as I have found it frustrating. They have only fired in the second half of the match.

If they had played like they have since halfway through day three, from the moment that Joe Root sent Australia into bat on Saturday, who knows where they would be?

Alastair Cook looks on

'Ashes at stake seven days into series'

Read full article on Ashes: England must bat long to keep their hopes alive

We are only seven days into this Ashes series, but we are at the stage where England must deliver if they want to stay in with a chance of retaining the urn.

A defeat in Adelaide would leave them 2-0 down with a trip to Perth to come. England have not won at the Waca since 1978.

Jonathan Agnew

'Smith serves up two lessons to England'

Read full article on Ashes: England taught lessons as James Anderson situation raises questions

Steve Smith's unbeaten 141 on the third day of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba was a brilliant innings, one that stamped his authority on the series.

It was particularly good from the Australia captain because he had to fight with himself - in more than eight and a half hours at the crease, facing 326 deliveries, he hit just 14 boundaries.