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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 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 Realm’s England XI – 6. Andy Flintoff

We’re picking an England XI comprising the players we invested in the most. It’s easy to overthink these things. Let’s not fall into that trap. Andy Flintoff – and he was best back when he was Andy – was a cricketer we loved. It seems important with hindsight that Flintoff was on the fringes for so long early in his career. He made his Test debut in 1998 but didn’t really do anything much until 2002. In that time he promised a lot. This is the way it works best. You get a better...
Tags: England, Sex, India, South Africa, Andrew Flintoff, Ben Stokes, Andy Flower, Ian Botham, Flintoff, Andy, Andy Flintoff

12 questions about that 2019 Cricket World Cup video where Freddie Flintoff sings and a bunch of people follow him

Having consulted the calendar and seen that it’s 2018, the ICC have released a promotional video for the 2019 World Cup. It stars Freddie Flintoff (definitely Freddie and not Andrew or Andy in this instance) and you can find it on YouTube here. We have a bunch of questions about it. Is this what Fred does now? Flintoff also did a song for the football world cup and it was both incredible and bad. Apparently that was just practice, which explains why this particular world cup music video is...
Tags: UK, England, London, Sex, Cctv, Icc, Andrew Flintoff, Freddie Flintoff, Charlotte Edwards, Oval, Extras, Flintoff, Kumar Sangakkara, Andy, Daily News, George

Australia player-by-player; Going at it home and away - final Ashes notes

Steve Smith said that he felt the series turned on Nathan Lyon's run out of James Vince on the first afternoon at Brisbane. The city was unseasonably cool, the Gabba pitch one England would have knelt down in prayer for, low and sluggish and about as typical of Queensland as Julian Assange. Vince was on 83 and cruising like a rich granny, England 143-2, ahead for the first and, as it turned out, last time. Smith was right, Brisbane was England's chance. How fleeting it was, and how suddenly it w...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Queensland, Bt Sport, Sydney, Brisbane, Ecb, Melbourne, Warner, Smith, Ian Bell, Perth, David Warner, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc

“You don’t see Alastair Cook drop too many”

Alastair Cook drop (via ECB) So said Michael Vaughan after Cook had shelled an easy one early on. Where has he been looking? We’ve always felt like he drops a fair few – although maybe not by Vaughan’s own almost criminally low catching standards. We wouldn’t go so far as to say that Cook’s a bad slip fielder. If we were called upon to deliver a one-word appraisal of his ability, we’d go with ‘serviceable’. Maybe people have now seen him catch so many that they forget all the misses and assume ...
Tags: England, Cook, Sex, Alastair Cook, Michael Vaughan, Charles Davis, West Indies, England cricket news, Ben Stokes, Vaughan, Flintoff, Cook England

A Day at the Cricket (12th September 2013)

As I mention in the original intro below, this, a distillation of personal memories from the last day of the 2005 Ashes, was written on the eighth anniversary of the day. I can't pretend that some of the style doesn't owe a nod or several to Christian Ryan, but I feel it adds up to a pretty accurate representation of the way I experienced the day, and what I felt. They're memories which will last a lifetime.The final day of the Oval Test match between England and Australia in 2005 has, in the ...
Tags: England, London, Australia, Sex, Victoria, Exeter, West Indies, Hearts, Jones, Collingwood, The Oval, Vaughan, Mcgrath, Bell, Flintoff, North East

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