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Ridiculous Michael Clarke

We’ve done a special Ridiculous Ashes podcast about Michael Clarke stemming from our coverage of the 2013/14 series. We got writer, broadcaster and podcaster Adam Collins on to help us because he knows more about Michael Clarke than we do. We never really ‘got’ Michael Clarke. The thing that baffled us most was that there seemed to be fairly widespread distaste for him in Australia that only barely receded when he was relentlessly knocking out double hundreds to prop up an otherwise fairly ...
Tags: Google, England, Australia, Sex, Bbc, Clarke, Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson, Extras, Adam, Adam Collins, Ridiculous Ashes

Meet Arzan Nagwaswalla, the first Parsi to represent the Indian cricket team in over 50 years

It’s widely believed that Nagwaswalla was picked on account of being from Gujarat since Jay Shah has pushed for players from his backyard Players coming out of Gujarat have had it good over the last few years, and the ‘talented’ Arzan Nagwaswalla is the latest to benefit. And that he happens to be the first Parsi in close to 50 years to represent India is only fodder for the PR team. Article by Roshan Thyagarajan | Deccan Herald The 23-year-old from a beach-town called Nargol in Valsad was name...
Tags: England, Life, India, Sports, New Zealand, Ipl, Bcci, Gujarat, Shah, Parsi, Natarajan, Syed Mushtaq Ali, Jay Shah, Valsad, Nargol, Nagwaswalla

Watching live cricket in the time of Covid: England v New Zealand at Lord’s (the Allen Stand)

Send your match reports to [email protected] We’re only interested in what it was like to be at the game, so if it’s a professional match, on no account mention the cricket itself. Equally, if it’s an amateur match, please go into excruciating detail. Regular King Cricket contributor Ged Ladd writes… After slumming it in the despised Mound Stand on day one, my odyssey around Lord’s for the first three days of the first post-Covid Test with crowds took me to the Allen Stand. For ...
Tags: England, Sex, New Zealand, Match Report, Allen Stanford, Allen, Mound Stand, Duncan Hamilton, Ged Ladd, Neville Cardus, Allen Stand, Athers Wardy, Middlesex Room

‘Great to be back’: jubilation as parkrun returns to England

Participants celebrate with selfies and champagne as running club gets back on its feet after Covid hiatusThe return of parkrun was met with scenes of jubilation on Saturday as the weekly running club took place in England for the first time since the start of the Covid pandemic.After 16 months without the weekly ritual, thousands of runners took part in 5km runs across the country, from Cliffe Castle in West Yorkshire to Bushy Park in south-west London. Continue reading...
Tags: England, London, Life and style, UK News, Running, West Yorkshire, Bushy Park, Cliffe Castle

Observations after half-watching the Hundred on TV with a couple of kids milling about the place

We don’t really want to be an ambassador for the Hundred and nor are we in the #opposethehundred camp. Our natural habitat is the muddy middle ground, taking ineffectual potshots at both sides. But let’s for now bypass the argument about whether the competition represents the future or death of the game today (it’s neither) and instead highlight a couple of things that may or may not tell us something about the 100-ball format and possibly even the other formats too. We watched the firs...
Tags: England, Sex, Bbc, Kane Williamson, County Cricket, Runs, BBC TV, Shakib Al Hasan, The Hundred

Surprised by Oxford

I started reading Surprised by Oxford, and I couldn’t put it down. Surprised by Oxford is the story of Carolyn Weber. At the beginning of the book, Weber is an undergraduate student in Canada who knows only one evangelical, a professor who “would have annoyed me, except for the fact that I respected him so much.” Shortly before this professor dies, Weber has a conversation with him that unsettles her and gets her thinking. Weber is granted a Commonwealth Scholarship and begins her ...
Tags: Amazon, Books, England, Life, Book Reviews, Canada, Britain, Oxford, Jesus, Oriel College, Weber, Carolyn Weber

Why Liam Livingstone’s huge six v Pakistan was just about the most satisfying shot ever played and also why it was not

In a world where every shot that drops just over the rope is MASSIVE and the ones that get caught by spectators sitting in the first row are OUT OF THE GROUND, it becomes quite hard to properly acknowledge the shot played by Liam Livingstone off Pakistan’s Haris Rauf at Headingley. But let’s try. England were 154-5 off 15 overs and Rauf put one in what is widely considered to be “the slot”. Not one to turn his nose up at a slot delivery, Livingstone gave it the full heave and caught it e...
Tags: England, Sex, Pakistan, Chris Gayle, Headingley, Oval, Livingstone, Callisto, Liam Dawson, Brett Lee, Liam Livingstone, Rauf, Haris Rauf

Netflix’s This Could Go Anywhere with Phil Tufnell and Brendon McCullum – a preview

Piss off golf. It is a phenomenon we will never be able to wrap our head around. Cricketers liking and talking about golf. No offence to golf – which is a perfectly decent sport if you want to fake-befriend late-middle-aged men who have the power to give you a promotion – but it is a different sport to cricket and should stay in its own damn lane. And so to This Could Go Anywhere, a new Netflix series revolving around a New Zealand road trip taken by Phil Tufnell and Brendon McCullum...
Tags: England, Sex, Features, Netflix, New Zealand, Brendon Mccullum, Don, Viv Richards, Phil Tufnell, Brendon Baz McCullum, Phil Tuffers Tufnell

How Euros final referee Björn Kuipers makes more money than some soccer players

Björn Kuipers during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley in London, England. Shaun Botterill, UEFA/UEFA, Getty Images Björn Kuipers is the first Dutch referee for the European Championship soccer final. A referee's salary isn't enough to make them a big earner, but Kuipers has other sources of income. His father and grandfather were also soccer referees. See more stories on Insider's business page. Björn Kuipers was the referee for the Eur...
Tags: UK, England, Finance, Sports, International, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Italy, Wembley, Jack Grealish, Bjorn, Nordic, London England, Jan, Kuipers

Five bonkers moments from the 2019 Cricket World Cup final – but which was the most uniquely cricket?

2019 Cricket World Cup final, England v New Zealand Cricket is at its very purest and best when it’s completely village; when the bowlers are batting and people are being run-out and everyone has to keep checking the laws and playing regulations because they don’t have the faintest idea what’s going. Cricket chaos is the greatest chaos. Cricket chaos is the greatest thing of all. Here are five bonkers moments from the climax of the World Cup final. Let’s try and work out which was the...
Tags: England, Sex, Features, New Zealand, Wood, Trent Boult, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Rashid, Martin Guptill, Jimmy Neesham, New Zealand cricket, Stokes Standard, Rashid Wood

James Vince and the Gower Law

He can bat, James Vince. That’s half the problem. James Vince innings come in many sizes, but there are only really two types. There are the ones where he’s dismissed and a much smaller number where he isn’t. The latter are tauntingly incomplete. Half-written poems, half-painted landscapes, unfinished symphonies. The former are not dissimilar. Because a James Vince innings never comes to a natural conclusion. There is, in the eyes of fans, always a sense that he *should* have gone...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Paul Collingwood, Collingwood, David Gower, James Vince, Vince, Gower, Gower Law

India’s first woman architect – a tribute to Perin J. Mistri

For many Indian women, the 1930s was a fundamental time, particularly in the political domain with their increasing participation in Independence movements.  The advent of the Art Deco style (then simply known as ‘modern’ or ‘style moderne’) in Bombay[1]  at the same time, ushered in a short-lived but significant era in Mumbai’s architectural and modern history. In 1936, the field of Indian architecture witnessed another landmark event – the professional qualification of the first Indian (and ev...
Tags: Google, Asia, England, London, Life, Boston, India, Africa, Britain, Hsbc, Kaiser, Buckingham Palace, Carmichael, Mumbai, Salvation Army, Köln

Did you see… James Vince’s silky, casual departure?

If there’s one thing we can all take from the weekend’s sporting events, it’s that England are an unstoppable winning machine. The various members of England’s one-day squad are currently sitting around their houses doing really not very much at all. And England are still winning. They just can’t stop. On Saturday, the B-team won the second one-day international against Pakistan and therefore the series. This is in large part thanks to Saqib Mahmood, who presumably won’t be in a second-...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Pakistan, James Vince, Vince, Mohammad Rizwan, Saqib Mahmood, Shadab Khan, Did you see

Returning to Cheltenham

There were times during the long sporting hiatus which followed the fracturing of the world, when it was easy to believe that one’s return to watching county cricket would be emotional. This was because, at the start of the pandemic, it was reassuring to invest in the belief that there would be a time when it would all be over, when everything would return to ‘normal’. That may still come, although nobody who has lived through the blighted era of early Covid will ever be the same as they were ...
Tags: England, News, Sex, Matt Taylor, Kerry, Cheltenham, Middlesex, Gloucestershire, Cork, Lundy Island, John Simpson, Murtagh, Michael Atherton, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Murtagh, Bamber

A McDonald's worker who started as a cleaner earning $1.28 an hour now owns franchise 20 restaurants - and plans to open more

McDonald's opened its first US restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois, in 1955. Yaoinlove/Shutterstock A McDonald's worker who started out as a cleaner in 1981 now owns 20 franchise restaurants. Doug Wright went from a cleaner earning $1.28 an hour to restaurant manager within four years. He moved to an admin role in McDonald's regional HQ, and opened his first restaurant in 2002. See more stories on Insider's business page. Doug Wright started working at McDonald's as a c...
Tags: Career, Europe, UK, England, US, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Restaurant, Fast Food, Retail, Mcdonald's, Wages, Franchise, Wright, McDonald

A McDonald's worker who started as a cleaner earning $1.28 an hour now owns 20 franchise restaurants - and plans to open more

McDonald's opened its first US restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois, in 1955. Yaoinlove/Shutterstock A McDonald's worker who started out as a cleaner in 1981 now owns 20 franchise restaurants. Doug Wright went from a cleaner earning $1.28 an hour to restaurant manager within four years. He moved to an admin role in McDonald's regional HQ, and opened his first restaurant in 2002. See more stories on Insider's business page. Doug Wright started working at McDonald's as a c...
Tags: Career, Europe, UK, England, US, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Restaurant, Fast Food, Retail, Mcdonald's, Wages, Franchise, Wright, McDonald

England’s squad for the Pakistan ODIs doesn’t look *that* weird

England have binned an entire one-day international squad and picked a different one. You’d think that might have resulted in some barrel-scraping. But it hasn’t really. Cannon Fodder was the first videogame we can remember that featured near-constant character turnover. It was right there in the name. Jools would get shot and he’d be replaced by RJ. Jops would get picked off and in would come Chas. RJ and Chas would buy it and you’d have to bring in CJ and Tadger. ...
Tags: England, Sex, Pakistan, Ben Stokes, John Simpson, James Vince, Shaun Tait, Chas, Duckworth Lewis, Jools, Dawid Malan, Tom Helm, Lewis Gregory, Dan Lawrence, Matt Parkinson, Zak Crawley

‘Image is everything’: meet Sheldon Edwards, the England squad’s unofficial barber

The young stars trust just one man with their fades, tapers and curls. He discusses Raheem Sterling’s lucky cut, Jadon Sancho’s sideburns and Phil Foden’s viral blond transformationThe south London barber Sheldon Edwards knows footballers who feel as if they haven’t prepared for a game if they haven’t had a haircut. “[It’s] like they left their boots at home; that’s how important the haircut is.” A good cut, he says, can lift a player’s confidence, on and off the pitch.Take Raheem Sterling. “The...
Tags: Fashion, England, London, Football, Sport, Life and style, Beauty, Manchester City, Raheem Sterling, European Championship, Sterling, Men's Hair, Edwards, Samson, Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho

Mute Flower, Rankin the Rancor and Angry Anderson

Series two of the Ridiculous Ashes draws to a close this week with a look at the Sydney Test of the 2013/14 series and England’s traditional final-Test-of-an-away-Ashes chaos. This was the match in which Gary Ballance, Boyd Rankin and Scott Borthwick all made their Test debuts. It was also a match in which England were only really playing for pride and then collapsed to 23-5 in the first innings. Quite magnificent stuff really. In the episode, we talk about Brad Haddin being really Brad ...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Kevin Pietersen, Jimmy Anderson, Anderson, Brad Haddin, Rankin, Scott Borthwick, Dan Liebke, Flower Rankin, Gary Ballance Boyd Rankin, Brad Haddinny, Borthwick Darren Lehmann

My summer of love: ‘As a practising Muslim, my soulmate checklist didn’t include lapsed-Catholics covered in tattoos’

There was certainly chemistry between us on our first meeting. But when we met for our first date, he had a big surprise …About five years ago, I had an unsolicited romance with a guy who was the exact opposite of what I’d been looking for.I was in the north of England to attend a weekend symposium with creatives from all over the world. After a five-hour train journey, I arrived at the hotel, ready to hide in my room with a cuppa in an undersized mug, when I was told that I was expected at an o...
Tags: England, Relationships, Religion, Life and style, Islam

It’s the England Second XI captain we feel sorry for (and also Chris ‘Dante Hicks’ Silverwood)

You may have heard that England have had to magic-up a whole new one-day squad for the Pakistan series after the first-choice one was sidelined by a bunch of coronavirus cases. Well done everyone – but that’s the easy bit. “We’re in unprecedented territory, in terms of replacing an entire squad and management team, and I’m very proud of how everyone has come together in order to get it done – both those within the ECB and from the county game,” said the managing director of England Cricket,...
Tags: England, Sex, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Ecb, Ashley Giles, Ben Stokes, Chris, Silverwood, Chris Silverwood, Dante Hicks

Podcast #616: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling

Editor’s Note: This is a rebroadcast. It originally aired June 2020. One of the most burning questions in life is what it is you’re called to do with it. What is your life’s purpose? What great work are you meant to do? Guidance on this question can come from many sources, and my guest today says that one of the best is the Bhagavad Gita, a text of Hindu scripture thousands of years old. He’s a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and author of The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey t...
Tags: Apple, Podcast, England, New York, Life, Advice, India, New York City, America, Rome, Harvard, West, Canada, United States, South Africa, Paris

An animal rider being conspicuously indifferent to cricket

Regular King Cricket correspondent Ged Ladd has some extremely exciting Rob Key news. We are especially pleased with the revelation contained within his final sentence because the activity described is one in which we pride ourself. The knowledge that our hero is also a keen practitioner is deeply gladdening. Regular King Cricket contributor Ged Ladd writes… Prior to his broadcasting career, Rob Key was both a fine cricketer and also a much-lauded capybara jockey. The photographic evid...
Tags: England, Sex, Strauss, Tribble, Rob Key, Owais Shah, Regulars, Animals being conspicuously indifferent to cricket, Ged Ladd

Celebrities’ mini-me fashion trend wins royal approval

Prince William and son George join trend of famous parents and their children wearing matching outfitsAny public appearance by the Duchess of Cambridge typically dominates the fashion headlines the next day. But, for England’s Euro 2020 match against Germany this week, the duchess was overshadowed by her companions – Prince William and seven-year-old Prince George. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, England, Germany, Life and style, UK News, Retail industry, Cambridge, Prince William, William, Serena Williams, Kim Kardashian West, George, George Continue

Who unfurled the funnier bad leave when Darren Gough reduced Australia to 65-8 at the SCG – David Boon or Steve Waugh?

We love an ill-advised leave. We love Darren Gough. We love Australian batsmen ill-advisedly leaving Darren Gough. We’ve just been watching Darren Gough bowling Australia out in the 1994-95 Ashes because, you know, why not? (If you want to gain an insight into the King Cricket editorial/creative process, we were sitting looking at our computer screen and found ourself googling “Darren Gough”. Then we watched this video. Then we wrote this article.) The Sydney Test is best remembered as t...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Features, Steve Waugh, Mike Atherton, SCG, Gough, Mark Taylor, Waugh, Athers, David Boon, Darren Gough, Graeme Hick, Darren Gough Darren Gough

Pregnant women in England denied mental health help because of Covid

In 2020-21, only 31,261 out of 47,000 managed to access perinatal mental health services Thousands of pregnant women in England were denied vital help for their mental health because of the pandemic, analysis from leading psychiatrists shows.In 2020-21, 47,000 were expected to access perinatal mental health services to help with conditions such as anxiety and depression during or after giving birth, but only 31,261 managed to get help in the most recent data for the 2020 calendar year only, acco...
Tags: Health, Family, England, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Royal College of Psychiatrists Continue

The most exciting series right now is clearly the one with Tim Bresnan in it

With all due respect to the England v Sri Lanka one-day international series (almost none) and the West Indies v South Africa T20 series (a reasonable amount), surely the most exciting men’s series taking place right now is the one where the scoreline is 2-1 heading into the fourth Test. We are talking, of course, about the 2013/14 Ridiculous Ashes where Tim Bresnan and Ian Bell last week served up one of the all-time greatest run-outs to earn victory for England in Perth. In a series th...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, South Africa, Melbourne, Ian Bell, Michael Vaughan, Perth, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson, Tim Bresnan, Bresnan, Prince Prefab, Greg Ritchie

An epic tale of watching the 2019 World Cup Final in Bentota

Send your match reports to [email protected] We’re only interested in what it was like to be at the game, so if it’s a professional match, on no account mention the cricket itself. Equally, if it’s an amateur match, please go into excruciating detail. King Cricket reader and semi-regular contributor Ritesh Banglani writes… Cricket-wise, the summer of 2019 was a frenetic time in the Banglani household. It started with the boys, then almost 7 and 5, attending their first ever cric...
Tags: England, Sex, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Match Report, Sri Lanka, Virender Sehwag, Atlantic Ocean, Galle, India Australia, Murali, Elephant House, Jofra Archer, Ritesh Banglani, Bentota

#WhatIEatInADay: Warum sind wir so besessen davon, was andere Leute essen?

Vor exakt 463 Jahren stieß ein kahl werdender, bärtiger, fast 90-jähriger venezianischer Adliger einen der wohl kontroversesten TikTok-Trends los. Es war das Jahr 1558, mitten in der Renaissance also, als der Schriftsteller Luigi Cornaro mehrere Abhandlungen darüber veröffentlichte, dass eine strikte Diät ein langes Leben ermögliche. „Zuerst Brot; dann Brotsuppe oder eine leichte Brühe mit einem Ei“, schrieb er in Vom massvollen Leben oder die Kunst, gesund alt zu werden. „Von Fleisch esse ich K...
Tags: Fashion, Music, England, London, Daily Express, Emma, Bild, Nach, Seite, Louise, Gegen, Essen, Maddy, Aber, Weil, Jahren

Either Tammy Beaumont is dominating bowling attacks exactly as much as they allow her to or she’s not telling us something

As an elite cricketer, you can approach your cricket however you want. The important thing is that no matter what approach you take, you have to tell everyone you’re being positive and aggressive and dominant. In cricket, certain words are right and certain other words are wrong. We’ve lost count of the number of people who’ve said that batting positively can also be about being ‘positive in defence’. You know what they’re saying – they’re saying ‘no matter what shot you select, play it...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, India, Tammy, Peter Siddle, Tammy Beaumont, Eden Gardens Test

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