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Evil v Good, day 2: Australia capitalise

We’re pitting an England XI comprising the players we invested in the most against an Antagonists XI using International Cricket Captain’s ‘All Time Greats’ mode. Day one was a colossal and predictable catastrophe for England. Australia resume on 50-1. Morning session Jimmy Anderson opens the bowling and Matthew Hayden hits him for four. Steve Harmison bowls to Ricky Ponting at the other end. Harmy appeals for LBW against Hayden but it pitched about a foot outside leg. Tha...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Steve Smith, Jimmy Anderson, Steve, Jason Gillespie, Adam Gilchrist, Anderson, Monty Panesar, Steve Waugh, Glenn Mcgrath, Ricky Ponting, Steve Harmison, England Australia, Flintoff


Evil v Good, day 1: England fail to impose themselves

We’re pitting an England XI comprising the players we invested in the most against an Antagonists XI using International Cricket Captain’s ‘All Time Greats’ mode. Before we start, it’s worth having a very quick Sim Series recap because a lot of these players have already played this format. We’ve played two 1990s-est Ashes Tests (and let’s be honest, this is a very similar thing again). Notable performances from those matches include Graeme Hick top scoring in both innings of the first m...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Gillespie, Johnson, Shane Warne, Paul Collingwood, Jason Gillespie, Collingwood, James Anderson, Adam Gilchrist, Matt Prior, Anderson, Monty Panesar, Steve Waugh, Mitchell Johnson


The Antagonists XI: a team we couldn’t bear to lose to

The basic premise of The Realm’s England XI is that it comprises players we love and can’t help but root for. To maximise excitement, they obviously have to play against a team we absolutely could not bear to lose to: The Antagonists XI. The first time we picked this team, it was a failure. It came out kind of samey with just a dash of incoherence. So we tried again. We gave it a bit more thought and tried to be more creative. That team was even worse. So for our third attempt, w...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Warner, Stuart Broad, David Warner, Steve Smith, Adam Gilchrist, Steve Waugh, Mitchell Johnson, Hayden, Justin Langer, Langer, Brett Lee


Two dismissals an innings and over: who was Test cricket’s busiest wicketkeeper?

We don’t write about wicketkeepers very much and that’s wrong. Batsmen and bowlers aren’t the only ones deserving of our attention. Squatters have rights too. This article is about the select band of stumpers who have averaged more than two dismissals an innings in Tests. Wicketkeepers who’ve taken two dismissals an innings and over. It’s not many, you know. If we limit ourselves to guys who’ve played at least 20 Tests so that we can rule out Steve Rhodes, we’re left with just six men and a...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Features, South Africa, Eiffel Tower, Shane Warne, Papua New Guinea, West Indies, Ashley Giles, Jones, Adam Gilchrist, Monty Panesar, Steve Waugh, Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon


The 1990s-est Ashes Rematch Down Under

Last month we ran The 1990s-est Ashes, an exhibition match between a 1990s England Test XI and a 1990s Australia Test XI played out using Cricket Captain’s ‘All-Time Greats’ mode. It was both a nail-biter and also a sizeable defeat for England. Michael Atherton’s men were just minutes from securing a draw, but ultimately lost by 103 runs. A number of readers have pressed us to run another Sim Series. With the whole of Test history to draw upon, there are all sorts of new and exciting thi...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Holland, Chris Lewis, Adam Gilchrist, Graham Thorpe, Extras, Prefab, Salisbury, Stewart, Jack Russell, Nasser, Nick Knight, Bert, Angus Fraser


Who is Test cricket’s greatest number eight? (Or: Which Test bowler was the best batsman?)

Specialist bowlers having to bat is one of the greatest things in the world because batting is absolutely nothing like bowling. It is like a javelin thrower training for years and years to perfect their art only to turn up at the Olympics and be told that they also have to play tennis. This is precisely why it’s interesting to ponder which bowler has been best at batting. We often talk about the top six in cricket. Whether or not these players do other things as well, the top six batsmen ar...
Tags: Australia, Sex, India, Features, South Africa, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Delhi, Shane Warne, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Jos Buttler, Adam Gilchrist, Ms Dhoni, Anderson, Jonny Bairstow


Let’s pick a Left-Handed All-Time Greats XI

Wasim Akram (via YouTube) Here’s a fact for you: most left-handed batsmen are right-handed. Okay, we haven’t actually delved into the data to uncover that, so that may not technically be a fact. We’re pretty sure it’s true though. Batting is a thing you do with both hands. Just because cricket calls one stance ‘left-handed’ and the opposite one ‘right-handed’ doesn’t mean much at all really. No left-hand batsman has scored more Test runs than Alastair Cook. However, if you’...
Tags: Sex, Features, Border, Johnson, Alastair Cook, Michael Clarke, Sri Lanka, Mitchell Starc, Adam Gilchrist, Mitchell Johnson, Bob Willis, Rhodes, Kumar Sangakkara, Allan, Compton, Willis


The correct way to deal with BJ Watling stats

BJ Watling (via Sky Sports) If you take out all the Test matches involving New Zealand, BJ Watling’s Test record is actually nothing to write home about. This is what you have to do though. This is what you have to do because otherwise BJ Watling appears really high up in all sorts of statistical lists that rank wicketkeeper-batsmen. The idea that New Zealand’s current wicketkeeper is among the greatest of all time is jarring to say the least, because no-one’s really been ...
Tags: Sex, New Zealand, England cricket news, Adam Gilchrist, Andy Flower, Kumar Sangakkara, Dhoni, Alec Stewart, BJ Watling, Alec Stewart Brendon McCullum


Simon Taufel Reminisces about the past and talks about umpiring

"The best way I can describe it is that umpiring chose me. I didn't choose it." - Simon Taufel, renowned former international cricket umpire and former member of ICC's elite panel of umpires. Having spent over a decade as an ICC umpire, Simon Taufel is now semi-retired and recently spoke to Betway, over Skype from Australia, about his career, what he is up to currently, and how he feels umpiring has changed and can be improved going forward. Taufel stood in 74 te...
Tags: Australia, Sex, Dave, South Africa, New South Wales, Cape Town, Skype, David Warner, Steve Smith, Icc, West Indies, Adam Gilchrist, Bancroft, Cameron Bancroft, Michael Slater, Simon Taufel


Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf have Promising Futures

I am not a fan of wicket keepers playing at 6 and a test eleven comprising 5 batsmen and 5 bowlers including a couple of allrounders.In limited overs cricket, sure that is ideal; but in test matches, definitely not.I am a traditionalist who believes that test cricket is a game for specialists.6 batsmen, wicket keeper, 4 bowlers.That is the combination to play in a test.If some of the batsmen can bowl and some bowlers can bat then great, but essentially they need to be a force in their specialist...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Ireland, Pakistan, Uae, West Indies, Adam Gilchrist, Misbah, Sarfraz, Sarfraz Ahmed, Younis, Shadab, Shadab Khan, Younis Pakistan, Faheem


Top 5 Highest Power Play Scores in IPL

In this article we are going to have a look at the 5 best Power Play scores of the Indian Premier League in history. 5: IPL 2009: 5.84 for 1, Deccan Chargers vs. Delhi Daredevils The fact that this Power Play came during the semi-final of the Indian Premier League of 2009 makes it even more stupendous. The Deccan Chargers, chasing their target of 154, and led by the inscrutable Adam Gilchrist, blazed their way to 84 for 1 inside the first 6 overs. Gilchrist played one of the very b...
Tags: Sex, Royals, Chargers, Ipl, Hyderabad, Brendon Mccullum, Adam Gilchrist, Dale Steyn, Rajasthan, Mumbai Indians, Indian Premier League, Punjab, Gilchrist, Power Play, Suresh Raina, Rajasthan Royals


Living in the Age of Root

The Nevil Road ground, in the tired northern suburbs of Bristol, was never anyone's idea of one of the world's great cricket theatres. It's been smartened up a bit recently, but back in the late nineties when it began to host one-day internationals, it was a prisoner of its own featurelessness. Crammed between rows of terraced houses and a Victorian orphanage, when there wasn't much of a crowd in - which, frankly, was most of the time when Gloucestershire were playing - for all its antique ass...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Pakistan, Old Trafford, Yorkshire, Bristol, Natwest, Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Sachin Tendulkar, Joe Root, Chris Gayle, Middlesex, Adam Gilchrist, Steve Waugh


Pakistan's rise to NUMBER ONE in Test Cricket

Pakistan have reached number 1 in the test rankings for the first time since the current rankings system came into place.  It is a feat never achieved by a test team from Pakistan and one that should be cherished by every single one of Pakistan’s fans. A definite cause for celebration. For Misbah, this is one hell of an achievement considering how he started his tenure as captain in 2010. What a phenomenal rise it has been from those murky depths 6 years ago. Recently Pakistan celebr...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand, Imran Khan, Alastair Cook, Michael Clarke, David Warner, Steve Smith, Sri Lanka, Icc, Uae, Ab De Villiers, Adam Gilchrist



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