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How well will Chris Woakes have to play before he’s in England’s overseas first XI?

Chris Woakes swings the ball less than Jimmy Anderson and seams it less than Stuart Broad. As an all-rounder, he isn’t as striking or dynamic as Ben Stokes. He’s still good though, isn’t he? For several years, England figured that even if there wasn’t an exact Chris-Woakes-shaped hole in their side, he was worth picking anyway. In England, this generally worked. Outside England, it generally did not work. The ball tends to swing and seam for longer in England, which means it often make...
Tags: England, Sex, Imran Khan, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Woakes, Keith Miller


What about Asad Shafiq?

Following the piece on Azhar Ali and his performance during the Misbah era and post it, a lot of enquiries have been made regarding Asad Shafiq. Most believe that his performance too has deteriorated since the retirements of Misbah and Younis Khan. Initially, I had thought so too, and had planned to write regarding both Azhar and Asad. However after reviewing Asad's numbers, I was quite surprised. A career average of 38.9, an average of 39.4 during the Misbah era, and 37.4 after it s...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Steve Waugh, Misbah, Azhar Ali, Asad, Azhar, Younis Khan, Sarfraz, Younis


How long will Pakistan persist with Azhar Ali the batsman?

A lot has been said about Azhar Ali's captaincy in the Old Trafford test against England.I will reserve my comments on his test captaincy, given it is only 7 tests old. He is an inexperienced captain no doubt, but 7 tests is no measure to judge one's ability.My problem is with Azhar Ali the batsman.Azhar was supposed to be the one to take the baton from Younis and Misbah, following their retirement. Similar to how it was passed from Javed Miandad to Salim Malik to Inzamam Ul Haq to Mohammad Yous...
Tags: England, Sex, Pakistan, Old Trafford, Misbah, Azhar Ali, MCG, Azhar, Younis Khan, Younis, Javed Miandad, Inzamam ul Haq, Salim Malik, Mohammad Yousuf


Shan Masood's Second Inning

Shan Masood scored an impressive 75 on test debut against South Africa in Abu Dhabi.That was 7 years ago and since then he has played only 21 tests scoring 1,345 runs at an average of 33.6.Those are not great stats, however it is largely due to the fact that he has never had a prolonged run in Pakistan's test playing XI.Till now.It is already difficult for batsmen who are not considered for white ball cricket to maintain consistent performance at test level. It is made even harder by the selecto...
Tags: England, Sex, South Africa, Pakistan, Old Trafford, Sydney, Caribbean, Chris Rogers, Jacques Kallis, Shan, Azhar Ali, Woakes, Younis Khan, Murali Vijay, Mudassar Nazar, Shan Masood


Buttler, Bairstow and Foakes – England’s embarrassment of adequacy

“I’m putting a team together for a job.” “You son of a bitch. I’m in.” In heist movies, whenever they put a team together, everyone’s always the best of the best; the best there’s ever been. You never make do with members of your heist team. You never settle. You don’t pick someone who’s competent at cracking safes, you pick the best God damn safe cracker who ever lived. You don’t pick any old thief, you pick a ninja who can pick people’s pockets while hanging upside down with his eye...
Tags: England, Sex, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Bairstow, Ben Foakes, Foakes, Jos Buttler Jonny Bairstow, Buttler Bairstow, Foakes Ben Foakes


Everyday Parsi: Homi Gandhi

Our third author in the Everyday Parsi 2020 is Homi D. Gandhi Homi writes… When I was a child, Muktaad prayers at the Gandhi household on the Gandhi Street of Parsiwad, Fort, Bharuch had a special significance, as it was one of the few Parsi homes hosting the 18-day Fasli Muktaad at home. Although I had participated in the rituals, I was very young and unaware of their significance. Sometime in February 1946, my Bapaiji (paternal grandmother) confided in me that our community handyman,...
Tags: Usa, England, New York, London, Life, India, US, Chicago, North America, Montreal, Mumbai, Bangalore, Bombay, Gandhi, Parsi, England Wales


Please tell us the secret of managing the very difficult emotions that arise when watching the Pakistan bowling attack against England

It’s probably Shoaib Akhtar’s fault. It started with Wasim Akram, obviously. He was the one who first presented us with this idea that the current score might not necessarily be the real score. The scorecard in an early Nineties Lancashire match required a coda. ‘This many runs for this many wickets but Wasim’. That was the real score. Because while some bowlers have favourite wickets, Wasim is a man who has been known to start a sentence, “If I were to pick one hat trick…” He too...
Tags: England, Sex, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uae, Lancashire, Shane Watson, Mohammad Amir, Shoaib Akhtar, Waqar Younis, Ian Austin, Waqar, Wasim, Wasim Akram, Shoaib, Umar Gul


The New Fab 4!

Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Joe Root, and Kane Williamson have been considered the Fab 4 of Test batting in modern days. Rightly so, given their numbers. Each one of these 4 great batsmen made their test debut between 2010 and 2012; they have played over 70 tests each, and scored more than 6,000 runs. In the past decade, 2010-19, they were undoubtedly the best test batsmen around. In the past 2 years however, two other batsmen have emerged who have posed a challenge to the world renowne...
Tags: England, Sex, Manchester, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Joe Root, Kane Williamson, KARACHI, Kohli, RAWALPINDI, Babar Azam, Babar, Labuschagne


The last of the Zoroastrians

My grandfather had never been a tall man, and now he looked absurdly small, no bigger than a child. Swaddled in off-white sheets like a newborn, with just his head and the soles of his feet visible, his eyes were open and mouth disconcertingly agape, as if in surprise. His corpse was slightly raised from the floor, lain atop a rickety wooden stretcher. Beside the body, three priests in white robes intoned in Avestan, the long-dead language of the Zoroastrian scriptures, as a small fire burned i...
Tags: Asia, Europe, England, New York, London, Opinion, Life, Russia, India, Israel, BJP, Narendra Modi, US, Toronto, Iran, Britain


An England v Pakistan Test series “precap” (with preamble)

We were going to do a recap of the England v Ireland one-dayers, but they haven’t actually finished yet. So instead we thought we’d switch focus and do a ‘precap’ of the Pakistan series. We thought we were being wilfully annoying by using a made-up word like ‘precap’ when we could of course just say ‘preview’. But it turns out ‘precap’ is a word that people genuinely use. So now we’re the one who’s annoyed because ‘precap’ is a stupid word. The Ireland series recap/review would have bee...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, India, Uncategorized, US, Ireland, Pakistan, West Indies, David Willey, Sam Billings, Waqar Younis, Azhar Ali, David Carradine, Gabriel, Guwahati


Saklatvala Mausoleum in New York

An email from my friend Kersi Shroff tipped me off on what turned out to be a great treasure hunt in search of the Saklatvala Mausoleum in the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx in New York City. Kersi writes… The Woodlawn Cemetery has cuneiform inscription on the tomb of the then well-known Phirozshah Saklatvalla, whose mother was the sister of Jamshedi Nusserwanji Tata. Phirozshah became a U.S. Citizen in 1904, making him one of the earliest non-whites to be granted citizenship. Prof. John ...
Tags: History


David Willey is out of step with the world

Two examples which highlight how unutterably dreadful David Willey’s timing is. Example one. In March 2019, Sky Sports commentator Ian Ward delivered the definitive expression of incredulity when David Willey opened the bowling against the West Indies in an Alice band. (You may have seen it.) In July 2020, almost every England cricketer seems to sport an Alice band, sweat band, bandana or similar, because apparently England cricketers are unable cut their own hair, unlike everybody else ...
Tags: England, Sex, Ireland, West Indies, Alice, David Willey, Ian Ward


Is Stuart Broad the most annoying cricketer there’s ever been?

There are two types of people in this world. There are annoying people and then there are people who pride themselves on being annoying. That’s it. Those are all the options. Everyone is annoying. Probably the most annoying person ever is Ben Kingsley’s insanely aggressive character in Sexy Beast, Don Logan. (Here’s a highly sweary video that gives you just a taste of what he’s like.) Logan is a man who very literally will not take no for an answer. “Yes or no?” he asks at one p...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Superman, Earth, Netherlands, Shane Warne, Stuart Broad, Ben Kingsley, Steve Smith, West Indies, Ray Winstone, Don, Logan, Warne, Courier Mail


Residents to get new decision-making powers in cycling 'revolution'

Measures include watchdog to ensure quality and safety of walking and cycling routesCycling ambitions for England move up a gear with No 10 plansResidents will get powers to banish through-traffic from local streets and councils will be prevented from building substandard cycle lanes under what Downing Street has billed as a revolution for cycling and walking in England.The plans will see the creation of a watchdog to ensure new cycle and walking routes are up to standard, intended to act as a t...
Tags: England, Obesity, Life and style, UK News, Cycling, Transport


In praise of the Stuart Broad hook shot

There are great batsmen and there are great shots. Then there is the greatest batsman of all (Stuart Broad) and his greatest shot of all (the hook). At this point in his career, Broad’s batting is all but flawless. Measured in conventional terms, it is of course massively flawed – but measured in entertainment terms, the most seismic of those flaws actually translate into enormous strengths. Combining sweetly-timed drives with no defence whatsoever, there is a spiderweb fragility about ...
Tags: England, Sex, Stuart Broad, Broad, Watch Broad


Five ways Rahkeem Cornwall is like a cat

Six-foot-six and a hundred tons, Rahkeem Cornwall is a cricketer who’s hard to ignore. We do not plan on ignoring him. This is how he’s like a cat. (1) Conserves energy wherever possible Never run if you can walk. Never walk if you can stroll. Never stroll if you can stand still. Never stand still if you can conceal yourself beneath a sofa and go to sleep. Concealment under a sofa is, rather obviously, not an option for Rahkeem Cornwall, which is why he does quite a lo...
Tags: England, Sex, Cornwall, West Indies, Rory Burns, Sulieman Benn, Rahkeem Cornwall, God Cornwall, Phil The Cat Tufnell, Tony Cozier


Which England pace bowler will throw the biggest strop if he isn’t picked for the Third Test?

The ‘nice problem to have’ cliché klaxon is ringing out deafeningly this week. England need to take two full seam attacks and turn them into one. Three of the six pace bowlers to have appeared in this series so far will be selected for the third Test and three of them won’t. Three will be happy. Three won’t. Some of those who won’t be happy will throw full-on hissy fits. Who will throw the biggest strop if he isn’t picked? Method What we need to look at here is each playe...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Hollyoaks, Stuart Broad, Wood, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Anderson, Chris Woakes, Corrie, Roy Batty, Curran, Woakes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer


How are you finding the fake crowd noise during the lockdown Tests? This sound engineer reckons they could be doing a lot more with it

With no fans allowed inside cricket grounds due to the coronavirus crisis, Sky Sports and Test Match Special have been broadcasting fake crowd noise for atmosphere. Could they be doing a better job with this? Crowd noise is very important in cricket. It’s important for atmosphere, obviously, but it can also help you follow the game. If you’re in the next room, making a brew, a crowd roar can alert you that something significant has just taken place. (At this point we can’t help but reprise ...
Tags: England, Sex, Bbc, Pope, Bob, Matthew, Stokes, Barmy Army, Extras, Vic, Blackwood, CTV, Matthew Hayden, EA Sports FIFA, Tiswas


What can we learn from Dom Sibley’s not-very-exuberant hundred celebration?

Late in the morning session of day two of the second Test between England and the West Indies, Dom Sibley once again awoke from his fitful batting slumbers and actually hit the ball. This particular diversion from his default approach of not hitting the ball took him to a 312-ball hundred. Sibley duly celebrated. Slightly. As he completed a third run, Sibley went to do the athletic air punch thing. You know the one. It’s like a sort of skipping upper cut. You kick things off b...
Tags: England, Sex, West Indies, Ben Stokes, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Virat Kohli, Sibley, Mohammad Nabi, Dom Sibley, West Indies Dom Sibley


Sommerurlaub in Coronazeiten: Das sind die Richtlinien im Vereinigten Königreich

Nachdem wir wegen Corona lange Zeit aufs Reisen verzichten mussten, gibt es mittlerweile glücklicherweise in vielen Ländern schon Lockerungen für Tourist*innen. Doch da die Pandemie auch im Sommerurlaub nicht Geschichte ist, müssen wir uns natürlich mit den Infektionsschutzmaßnahmen unserer Zielorte beschäftigen. Wann darf ich einreisen? Wie viele Personen dürfen insgesamt gemeinsam Urlaub machen? Gelten Mindestabstandsregelungen? Kein Wunder also, dass die Suchanfragen über Coronaregelungen für...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Music, UK, England, Wales, Das Leben, Auch, Wie, Juli, Denn, Urlaub, Platz, Sicherheit, Kein Wunder, Campingplatz


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


How the first English novels by Parsis were written in the backdrop of the plague and politics

The histories of the novels ‘My Friend, The Barrister’ and ‘Pootli, A Story of Life in Bombay’ The library of the University of Mumbai, housed in an 1870s edifice flanked by the Rajabai Tower, is perhaps the grandest repository of literary treasures in the city. Shelved under its lofty vaulted wooden ceiling are the last surviving copies of many obscure Bombay publications in English, Marathi, Gujarati, Persian and Urdu. Article by Murali Ranganathan | Scroll.in In the early 1900s, the collect...
Tags: Europe, Books, UK, England, London, Congress, Life, India, Bombay, Great Britain, Calcutta, Gandhi, Hindustan, Madras, Lizzie, Times of India


Choose Your Weapons with Ben Stokes and Jason Holder

Let’s talk about picking bowling attacks. Let’s use the first Test between England and the West Indies as a case study and, for an extra frisson of excitement, let’s do this halfway through the game – that way any specifics we use can turn out to be very wrong. Because being wrong is what picking a bowling attack is all about. Let’s start with the West Indies, because they bowled first. Four seamers The Windies have settled on a bowling strategy in recent years. Kemar Roach...
Tags: UK, England, Sex, South Africa, Archer, West Midlands, Stuart Broad, Wood, David Warner, West Indies, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Broad, Gabriel, Jimmy


Gyms, pools and salons to reopen shortly in England

Beauticians and outdoor pools to return within days with indoor pools and gyms opening on 25 July Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGyms, swimming pools and leisure centres will reopen in England within days as part of the government’s lockdown easing, with the UK culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, suggesting “normal life is slowly returning”. Related: Parklife! When gyms reopen, will anyone go back? Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Fitness, Sport, Life and style, UK News, Health & wellbeing, Coronavirus outbreak, Oliver Dowden


How much more responsibility could Jason Holder possibly take on?

The answer is ‘none’. None more responsibility. Jason Holder is a parsimonious line bowler of immaculate line and length. He is also a two-metre strike bowler, who seams the ball plenty. He’s a decent bat too, not to mention an absolutely peerless anti-Lumbergh of a captain. Now it turns out he’s a tidy umpire too. Twice today Holder successfully overturned not outs off his own bowling. He snaffled one for Shannon Gabriel yesterday too. Someone really should give him some ki...
Tags: England, Sex, West Indies, Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel, Lumbergh


BBC2 Test highlights: First impressions

Tonight was the first episode of the BBC’s new Test highlights show. It’s called Today at the Test, which is a great name (although given today’s rain and its 45-minute running time, this first one should probably have been called Today at the Test Plus Quite a Bit of Other Stuff.) It’s early days, but it’s immediately obvious that they’ve got some simple yet important things correct. If you missed the 7pm start time, you could bring it up on the iPlayer and click ‘watch from start’It wa...
Tags: England, Cook, Sex, Bbc, Bangladesh, Alastair Cook, Michael Vaughan, West Indies, Geoffrey Boycott, Vaughan, Mitchell, Carlos Brathwaite, Phil Tufnell, Isa Guha, Cricket media, Alison Mitchell Michael Vaughan


The 5 Best James Bond Books

Bond, James Bond. Many in the younger generations likely know this most famous fictional secret agent from the 26 films in which the character has appeared, particularly as played by Daniel Craig over the last decade and a half. But of course, Bond was originally birthed from the pen of Ian Fleming. And the literary Bond is far superior to the cinematic one. Fleming’s Bond, who he said “was a compound of all the secret agents and commando types I met during [WWII],” is a more human figure and l...
Tags: Books, England, Life, Russia, Travel & leisure, James Bond, Ian Fleming, John F Kennedy, Secret Service, Daniel Craig, Sherlock, Casino Royale, Bond, Drax, Fleming, Donovan


Three things to watch out for when England play the West Indies this week

Cricket’s back. As in ‘returned’. It hasn’t got ankylosing spondylitis or anything. England play the West Indies at the Rose Bowl, starting tomorrow (Wednesday). It’s on Sky Sports (which you can get one month at a time via Now TV) with highlights on BBC2 at 7pm. Here are three things to watch out for. 1. The England captain When our son was born earlier this year, a friend of ours lied to his mum about the name we’d chosen. He committed to this lie enough that we actuall...
Tags: England, Sex, Michael Vaughan, Joe Root, Andrew Strauss, West Indies, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood, Rose Bowl, David Lloyd, Nasser, Nasser Hussain, Benjamin Stokes, Benjamin The, Will Stokes, Rob Key Mike Atherton Nasser Hussain


England's first taste of freedom – in pictures

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and theme parks reopen, and weddings and baptisms take place as the lockdown eases Continue reading...
Tags: England, Film, Restaurants, Pubs, Life and style, UK News, Culture, Theme Parks, Coronavirus outbreak


England's pubs reopen as lockdown eases – in pictures

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and theme parks reopen, and weddings and baptisms take place as lockdown rules relaxed Continue reading...
Tags: England, Film, Restaurants, Pubs, Life and style, UK News, Culture, Theme Parks, Coronavirus outbreak



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