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Looking back on the rarely-that-highs and not-especially-lows of Joe Denly’s Test career

Joe Denly is an unbelievable Test cricketer. You’ll note that we’re saying ‘is’ and not ‘was’ there. That’s because of the specific way in which Joe Denly is/was unbelievable. Sometimes you only need to do so much to get the gig. And sometimes you only need to do so much to keep it. Joe Denly was brought to us to play a whole inconclusive Test career. And to somehow carry on playing it, never quite departing the stage. Ever since his debut in January 2019, we have marvelled at Denly’s a...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Joe Root, West Indies, Stokes, Adam Gilchrist, Mount Maunganui, Brett Lee, Joe Denly, BJ Watling, Denly, Ben Stokes Headingley


Why You Should Become a Sun Worshipper

During this pandemic, we’re all looking for ways to shake off feelings of melancholy and demoralization. One of the best I’ve found is to stand on the side of the shallow end of my pool, my arms folded on the deck, my back facing the sun. As the rays absorb into my skin, stress melts away and calming, almost-euphoric vibes percolate through my brain. It feels like my body is a battery that the sun is literally recharging. You’ve probably had this experience whilst soaking up some rays too. And ...
Tags: Wellness, Australia, Mexico, Life, China, Germany, India, United States, Egypt, Kate, Jacobsen, UVB, Hippocrates, Rowan Jacobsen, Health & Sports, Radley


Evil v Good, day 4: Match skitters to a conclusion

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. England made 202 runs and lost four wickets on day three. It was very boring and far and away their most successful day. Australia still lead by six runs. Paul Collingwood and Andy Flintoff are at the crease. Morning session Don’t get ahead of yourselves. Darren Gough is batting at eight. Flintoff batted quite zes...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Johnson, Shane Warne, Steve Smith, Paul Collingwood, Collingwood, James Anderson, Matt Prior, Anderson, Monty Panesar, Steve Harmison, Mitchell, Flintoff, Don


Evil v Good, day 3: England’s best day so far

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. Taken in isolation, day two was less rubbish than day one. However, the nature of Test cricket is that it cannot be taken in isolation, so in fact day two compounded day one such that we arrive here at day three in an even worse position than yesterday morning. England are 19-0 and 208 runs behind. That’s pretty much where yo...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Johnson, Shane Warne, Paul Collingwood, Collingwood, Steve Waugh, Mcgrath, Mitchell, Glenn, Trescothick, Marcus Trescothick, Warne, Mike Atherton, Gilchrist


Boys, Ferocity, Frontiers, and Sports

Editor’s Note: This is a guest article by Karl Zinsmeister. Organized sports, from college athletics to local Little League teams, are slowly coming back to life after being on lockdown. There are those who will say that these activities aren’t “essential.” But they’ve been saying that since before the pandemic. And they couldn’t be more wrong. There are folks who have long argued that sports are just escapism. Plenty of teachers and professors think athletic teams are nothing but a distraction...
Tags: Europe, New York, Australia, Navy, Life, White House, Sports, Britain, Yale, Ivy League, Little League, Great Lakes, Herman Melville, Cooper, Tahiti, Health & Sports


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


How to handle your private health insurance – in one afternoon a year

If you turned 31 this year, you have until 1 July to avoid a fee loading on private health cover, but experts say there’s no need to panic-buyPrivate health insurance in Australia is kind of an oxymoron. “Every Australian already has health insurance: Medicare,” says Uta Mihm of consumer advocacy group Choice.So why does it exist here at all? Well, that’s the million dollar question. Firstly, it’s important to note that “health insurance” in Australia actually refers to two different types of co...
Tags: Health, Money, Australia, Life and style, Australia news, Private health insurance, Australian lifestyle, Uta Mihm


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


4 Reasons You Need Sheepskin Uggs Even In The Summer

There are plenty of different uggs on the market that are sold at different price points and made from various materials. While there are some great options available, none will truly compare to natural sheepskin. You may not know this, but genuine ugg boots are made in Australia and produced from 100 percent Australian A-Grade Double Faced Sheepskin. They only use the highest quality sheepskin to give their customers the best ugg experience they possibly can. But what actually ma...
Tags: Fashion, Australia, Ugg, Summer Fashion, UGG Australia, Fall Fashion, Winter Fashion, Spring Fashion, Fashion Advice, Affordable Fashion, UGG Boots, Ugg Boot, Shoes Shoes Shoes, Uggs, Australian Ugg Boots, How To Wear Ugg Boots


The Benevolent Businessmen From Aden

Meher Marfatia: The Benevolent Businessmen From Aden The Cowasjee Dinshaw Collection of the Adenwalla Archive reveals rare records of a family of merchant-princes, last of the philanthropic Bombay sethias, who fronted the golden age of Parsis in Aden Article by Meher Marfatia | Mid-Day Aden House, the Cowasjee Dinshaw & Bros. building They were the uncrowned kings of Aden in an age of Empire. Tempering entrepreneurial acumen with gentle philanthropy, Cowasjee Dinshaw (1827-1900) and his heirs ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, England, London, Wales, Australia, Life, China, India, History, Middle East, Ethiopia, Leo, Prince Of Wales, Customs, Mumbai


Breaking down David Warner and Nathan Lyon’s run-out of AB de Villiers – one of the most disrespectful dismissals in history

Many things happened during Australia’s win in the first Test of their ill-fated 2018 tour of South Africa. Some of them were cricket, some of them were David Warner falling out with people. The thing that interests us the most – AB de Villiers’ second innings run-out – fell somewhere in between. Let’s break the moment down, because it was really quite something. We’re struggling to think of a more disrespectful dismissal. The context The South Africans were near enough 200 runs behind on fir...
Tags: Australia, Sex, Features, South Africa, Warner, Lyon, David Warner, Ab De Villiers, Nathan Lyon, Mekon, De Villiers, Tim Paine, Markram, Aiden Markram, David Warner David Warner, So Lyon


Five fantastic, nonsensical or terrible innings that together explain the eternal appeal of Shahid Afridi the batsman

Big thanks to everyone who funds King Cricket via our Patreon campaign. We couldn’t justify spending this much time on our features without you. We already know all of the wrong things people are going to say about this article. Some people will say that Shahid Afridi wasn’t a great batsman, which is entirely missing the pointSome will say that he was actually a bowler really, which is again very much missing the pointOthers will say that he was a good T20 batsman, but unsuited to Test...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, India, Features, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sachin Tendulkar, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Chris Gayle, Anderson, Kolkata, Afridi, Shahid Afridi, Mike Hussey


This or That | Critical Comparisons for Mindful Purchases

Have you ever seen two products and thought it was impossible to decide between the two of them? Do you have two similar shades in your stash but haven’t been able to explain why one stands out to you over the other? There are more obvious ways to compare between two products, like looking at the price, size, whether the brand is accessible (or desirable to have or purchase), and so on.  There are also more nuanced ways of really looking at how you use your products, what you like the best, wha...
Tags: Australia, US, Beauty, Editorials, Christine, Makeup How-tos & Tips


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


1990s Ashes Rematch: Drama on day 5

Last month we pitted a 90s England XI against a 90s Australia XI using International Cricket Captain’s ‘All Time Greats’ mode and the Aussies won. This is the rematch Down Under. Australia (446-5) trail England (575-5 dec) by 129 runs. We’ve done some pretty pointless things in our time, but playing out the fifth day of this match and then writing about it is unquestionably the most pointless today. Here’s what happened on day four. As we resume, Steve Waugh is on 120, Ian Healy...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Chris Lewis, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, Aussies, Graham Thorpe, Barmy Army, Ian Healy, Frank Tyson, Miller, Salisbury, Lewis, Stewart, Gus


1990s Ashes Rematch: Australia fight hard against unpredictable England attack on day 4

Last month we pitted a 90s England XI against a 90s Australia XI using International Cricket Captain’s ‘All Time Greats’ mode and the Aussies won. This is the rematch Down Under. Australia (151-2) trail England (575-5 dec) by 424 runs. Here’s what happened on day three. Greg Blewett and Mark Waugh walk out to bat. The sun is out and the ball is 43 overs old, but the pitch is turning and there’s a bit of erratic bounce too. Morning session Angus Fraser lumbers in to start...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, Aussies, Jonathan Agnew, Salisbury, Lewis, Fraser, Mike Atherton, Atherton, Gough, Healy, Angus Fraser, Waugh


1990s Ashes Rematch: Bevan mystery deepens on day 3

Last month we pitted a 90s England XI against a 90s Australia XI using International Cricket Captain’s ‘All Time Greats’ mode and the Aussies won. This is the rematch Down Under. Day two ended with England 413-4. Nasser Hussain is unbeaten on 145 having batted through the day. Robin Smith is on 22. Mark Taylor still hasn’t given Michael Bevan a bowl. Morning session After much talk about declarations on commentary (Shane Warne thinks Michael Atherton should have declared halfway th...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Smith, Shane Warne, Taylor, Chris Lewis, Mark Waugh, Aussies, Jonathan Agnew, Miller, Salisbury, Lewis, Stewart, Slater, Jack Russell


1990s Ashes Rematch: England middle-order dawdles on day 2

Last month we pitted a 90s England XI against a 90s Australia XI using International Cricket Captain’s ‘All Time Greats’ mode and the Aussies won. This is the rematch Down Under. Day one ended with England 205-3. Nasser Hussain was cautious and intense in yesterday’s evening session, while Graham Thorpe was cautious and determined. Will they look to press on a bit on day two? And will Mark Taylor ever give Michael Bevan a bowl? Morning session After 13 overs of intense singles ...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Smith, Aussies, Graham Thorpe, Miller, Fleming, Hussain, Julian, Thorpe, Mark Taylor, Paul Reiffel, Nasser Hussain, Michael Bevan, Robin Smith


1990s Ashes Rematch: England bat first on day 1

Last month we pitted a 90s England XI against a 90s Australia XI using International Cricket Captain’s ‘All Time Greats’ mode and the Aussies won. This is the rematch Down Under. A quick recap. These teams are not 1990s best XIs. They are 1990s-est XIs. Here’s our workings-out. In short, the Australia XI for this match is the same as for the first match, because that is still the most 90s XI. The England XI is quite a bit different because that’s how picking 90s England sides works. T...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Steve Waugh, Aussies, Graham Thorpe, Jonathan Agnew, Ian Healy, Stewart, Fleming, Mike Atherton, Hussain, Atherton, Colin Miller, Healy, Thorpe


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


Shane Warne says we were created by aliens – but which ones?

The frustrating thing about reality TV programmes is that when someone says something interesting, there’s no-one there to ask the obvious follow-up questions. When he appeared on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2016, Shane Warne expressed his belief that humans, “couldn’t do” the pyramids. “You couldn’t pull those ropes, huge bits of brick and make it perfectly symmetrical,” he said. “Couldn’t do it. So who did it?” Who indeed? Aliens, according to Warne. And he doesn’t stop there. He al...
Tags: Australia, Sex, Features, Shane Warne, Buckethead, Shane, Hutt, Warne, Liz Hurley, Ree Yees


New Release from Goldfield Banks: Bohemian Lime

  Goldfield Banks, the exciting upstart brand from Australia that's been utilizing native ingredients to showcase the rich bounty of its continent, has released a new fragrance. It's called Bohemian Lime, and it's a fresh, citrusy, carefree scent which releases you from worry and invites you to rest under the undulating shadows of palm leaves. It is an ode to Byron Bay, full of the spirit of ... Read full article: New Release from Goldfield Banks: Bohemian Lime from Fragrantica Perfumes and...
Tags: Fashion, Australia, Byron Bay, Goldfield, Goldfield Banks


Let’s pick the All-Time Greatest Middle-Aged XI

Which cricketers performed best after the age of 35? Let’s put them into a team. If middle-age is about anything, it’s about attributing all of the failings you already had to the ageing process. It’s still hard to get out of bed, but now it’s because of your age. Your waist size is still bigger than you’d like, but now it’s because of your age. You still forget everything, but now it’s because of your age. This kind of ageism is great – but not if you’re a sportsman. Cricketers ...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, India, Features, Pakistan, Imran Khan, Hobbs, Surrey, Ian Bell, Shane Warne, Sachin Tendulkar, Jimmy Anderson, Graham Gooch, Brad Haddin, Misbah


Straight Outta the Upper Compton – a match report

Send your match reports to [email protected] We’re only really interested in your own experience, so if it’s a professional match, on no account mention the cricket itself. (But if it’s an amateur match, feel free to go into excruciating detail.) Regular match reporter Ged Ladd titled this particular missive ‘The Hottest Day of the Year’ – which was dangerously vague of him given our famously laid-back attitude to publishing these things. Fortunately, he did specify which year wi...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, New Zealand, Scarborough, Match Report, Lord, Bob Willis, Hanoi, Iain, Ged Ladd, Iain Spellright, Upper Compton, Middlesex Shop, Uncail Marcas, Straight Outta Surrey


On Pressure

“Pressure” , Keith Miller once told the veteran broadcaster Michael Parkinson, “ is a Messerschmitt up your arse. Playing cricket is not” . Miller had seen combat as a fighter pilot in World War II. His observation should have been the last word on the subject. But the idea of pressure remains an enduring favorite of the cricket commentariat. It is used, for the most part, as a prelude to the other favorite subject of the cricket commentariat - manliness. Manliness, toughness - just how mu...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Spain, Real Madrid, Smith, Sachin Tendulkar, Lyon, Ben Stokes, Stokes, Headingley, Mark Waugh, Nathan Lyon, Jonathan Agnew, Sergio Busquets, Ian Healy


The 1990s-est Ashes, day five: England and Australia slowly build all-time thriller

Last week we picked our 1990s-est England team and our 1990s-est Australia team. This week we’re pitting them against each other in a one-off exhibition Test match with the aid of Cricket Captain 2018’s ‘All-Time Greats’ mode. (This follows Sim Series: Sri Lanka v England last month.) England (19-0 and 338 all out) need 360 runs to beat Australia (519 all out and 197-2 dec). Here’s what happened on day four. Mike Atherton and Nick Knight walk to the crease. The sun is shining, the p...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Devon, Taylor, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Jonathan Agnew, Australia Cricket News, Miller, Stewart, Fleming, Mullally, Mike Atherton, Nick Knight, Atherton


The 1990s-est Ashes, day four: Australia refuse to be rushed

Last week we picked our 1990s-est England team and our 1990s-est Australia team. This week we’re pitting them against each other in a one-off exhibition Test match with the aid of Cricket Captain 2018’s ‘All-Time Greats’ mode. (This follows Sim Series: Sri Lanka v England last month.) England (313-7) trail Australia (519 all out) by 206 runs. Here’s what happened on day three. Mark Ealham and Alan Mullally walk out to bat. It’s sunny, but the pitch is turning and uneven. England st...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Mark Waugh, Australia Cricket News, Slater, Mullally, Mike Atherton, Nick Knight, Malcolm, Colin Miller, Mark Taylor, Phil Tufnell, Tufnell


The 1990s-est Ashes, day three: Australia plug away

Last week we picked our 1990s-est England team and our 1990s-est Australia team. This week we’re pitting them against each other in a one-off exhibition Test match with the aid of Cricket Captain 2018’s ‘All-Time Greats’ mode. (This follows Sim Series: Sri Lanka v England last month.) England (66-0) trail Australia (519 all out) by 453 runs. Mike Atherton and Nick Knight walk out. It’s cloudy, but after yesterday evening’s show of solidity, there’s some cause for optimism. Morn...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Mark Waugh, Jonathan Agnew, Australia Cricket News, Stewart, Fleming, Mike Atherton, Nick Knight, Habib, Waugh, Bevan, Ronnie Irani


The 1990s-est Ashes, day two: Hard toil for England bowlers

Last week we picked our 1990s-est England team and our 1990s-est Australia team. This week we’re pitting them against each other in a one-off exhibition Test match with the aid of Cricket Captain 2018’s ‘All-Time Greats’ mode. (This follows Sim Series: Sri Lanka v England last month.) Australia are 306-5. Here’s what happened on day one. Michael Bevan and Ian Healy walk to the crease at the start of day two. England will be keen to break the partnership early. They have a ball th...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Jonathan Agnew, Australia Cricket News, Ian Healy, Miller, Knight, Mullally, Mike Atherton, Nick Knight, Julian, Malcolm, Colin Miller



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