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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


Which Test cricketer was the biggest burden to their side?

Not every cricketer is great, or good, or useful. This begs a question. Who routinely contributed the least to their team? Which Test cricketer was the biggest burden? Back in November, we took a look at the worst Test bowling averages of all time. As you might imagine, quite a lot of the contenders were part-timers. You can bowl very badly and still be well worth a place in a Test team purely on the strength of your batting. You can also be a poor bowler and offset your inadequacies to ...
Tags: England, Sex, Features, South Africa, Pakistan, Old Trafford, Chris Martin, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ashley Giles, Glenn Mcgrath, Peter Such, Salisbury, Robert Croft


Second Test notes: Root Maths - The Head of the Snake; Holder's Ban

The parsing of a player's stats in order to sustain a particular argument about their game has a name of quite longstanding: Root Maths. It generally fails because it assumes that stats are somehow infallible as well as immutable, when the truth is that they are as open to interpretation as a Jonny Bairstow straight drive.But after the Antigua Test, when Joe Root's batting average as captain - 1,954 runs at 42.47 - fell more than ten runs behind his average when he's not - 4,594 at 52.80 - the u...
Tags: England, Sex, India, Root, Pakistan, New Zealand, Smith, Joe Root, St Lucia, West Indies, Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Glenn Mcgrath, Tom Westley, Antigua, Kohli


Total Bits and Pieces Cricket: Is England’s current approach the future or simply the best way for them to do things at the minute?

England in Sri Lanka (via Sky Sports) When Dan Vettori made his first Test hundred, against Pakistan in 2003, he was batting at nine. The side featured only three out-and-out batsmen and only two bowlers who could legitimately be classed as tail-enders. Robbie Hart kept wicket. The other five players – Vettori, Scott Styris, Craig McMillan, Chris Cairns and Jacob Oram – all bowled to some extent or other and all finished their Test careers with batting averages in the thirties. The only pr...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Pakistan, New Zealand, Shane Warne, Stuart Broad, Joe Root, Jimmy Anderson, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Stokes, Adil Rashid, Glenn Mcgrath


Wasim-Waqar are the epitome of the age old adage "Fast Bowlers Hunt in Pairs

Stuart Broad's three wickets in the first innings of the second test against Pakistan at Leeds took his tally to 414 test wickets, level with Pakistan legend Wasim Akram, making him joint 8th on the list of fast bowlers with most test wickets.Broad's partner James Anderson is second on that list, behind only Glenn McGrath, and collectively the Anderson-Broad pair have 952 test wickets!That is the most for any fast bowling pair in the history of test cricket.In comparison, Wasim-Waqar have 787.Mc...
Tags: Sex, Pakistan, Stuart Broad, Leeds, James Anderson, Glenn Mcgrath, Wasim Akram, Anderson Broad, Wasim Waqar, McGrath Gillespie, Walsh Ambrose, Pollock Ntini


Mohammad Abbas - Full Speed Ahead ...

Two weeks ago, after Pakistan's test match against Ireland, I wrote about why Mohammad Abbas was Pakistan's new pace spearhead.In that article, I showed that Abbas has an average, strike rate, and economy among the world's best in the past year since his debut, and that he is also Pakistan's second highest wicket taker in Tests in this period.At Lord's, Abbas lived up to this new reputation of being Pakistan's pace spearhead, picking up the man of the match award for his 8-64, the best bowling f...
Tags: Sex, Ireland, Pakistan, Sydney, Glenn Mcgrath, Ian Botham, Mohammad Asif, Yasir Shah, Waqar Younis, Vernon Philander, Abbas, Dennis Lillee, Mohammad Abbas, Imran Khan Wasim Akram, Kapil Dev Richard Hadlee, Barnes George Lohmann Frank Tyson Rodney Hogg


Let’s see if we can sum up Kevin Pietersen’s entire career by looking at one innings – but no, not by using that one

Photo by Sarah Ansell Terry’s been with the firm for 30 years, but he’s not retiring; he’s going part-time. A couple of years down the line Terry reduces his hours further and then a bit later still he says that he’s going to be available for jobs he’s already done a bit of work on but that he doesn’t want to start anything new. One day you suddenly realise that you haven’t seen Terry in a very long time. So it is with cricketers these days. They just fade away. Other than grainy Twitter clips ...
Tags: England, Sex, India, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ecb, Shane Warne, Terry, Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Strauss, England cricket news, Matt Prior, Glenn Mcgrath, Pietersen, Warne, Brett Lee


Should England drop Chris Woakes for Mark Wood?

Mark Wood and Chris Woakes (via YouTube) Chris Woakes is a very good and admirable cricketer. He didn’t have the best of time in the Ashes but has since bounced back in the shorter formats. If he were to play the two Tests against New Zealand he would almost certainly take a whole bunch of wickets. Nevertheless, England should drop him for Mark Wood, who may or may not perform as effectively, but probably on balance not. Now the first thing to say is that we like Chris Woakes very much. We beli...
Tags: England, Sex, New Zealand, Shane Warne, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Andrew Flintoff, England cricket news, Craig, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood, Moeen Ali, Jamie Overton, Craig Overton, Glenn Mcgrath, Steve Harmison


Top 5 Best ODI Bowling Figures

Moments after finishing a match against Afghanistan in the 2016 World T20, Chris Gayle, opener for the West Indies, was caught clicking selfies with players from that team, and, honestly, there was no reason not to. The level of the performance the Asian side delivered against the players from the Caribbean was one worth celebrating: they had managed to win a group game against the Darren Sammy team by 6 runs. 1 year later, the Asghar Stanikzai troops astounded the West Indians again, thi...
Tags: England, Sex, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Ipl, Khan, Namibia, Sri Lanka, Caribbean, Guyana, West Indies, Chris Gayle, Nz, Glenn Mcgrath, Mcgrath


Toby Roland-Jones: first look in Test cricket

Toby Roland-Jones (via Twitter) We don’t believe you can draw meaningful conclusions from players’ debuts – but we report on them anyway. We suppose that if people call you Toblerone, you’re kind of duty-bound to provide the odd peak. 4-39 is pretty useful for a kick-off. Toby Roland-Jones seems to bowl at around 80mph. On another day, people would be saying that’s not quick enough. But it works for Vernon Philander and it worked for Glenn McGrath. The trick is to keep playing well enough that ...
Tags: England, Sex, South Africa, England cricket news, Simon Jones, Glenn Mcgrath, Vernon Philander, First Look, Toby Roland-Jones, Roland Jones, Simon Jones Worcestershire


The experts say Steve O’Keefe doesn’t spin it enough

Terry Jenner said that Steve O’Keefe bowled blancmanges. If you for some reason think that was intended as a compliment, O’Keefe himself recalls: “He’d just look at me in disgust about how putrid these things were that were coming out of my hand.” Jenner’s greatest protégé Shane Warne feels similarly. According to him, O’Keefe is not a “red ball player,” he is “a white ball specialist.” O’Keefe’s first-class bowling average is 23.81. His domestic one-day bowling average is 55.89. People actually...
Tags: Australia, Sex, India, Imran Khan, Shane Warne, Glenn Mcgrath, Australia Cricket News, Jenner, Ravindra Jadeja, Warne, Keefe, Steve O'Keefe, O'Keefe, Jeff Thomson, Murali, Terry Jenner



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