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Sim Series, Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test: Team news

With the Sri Lanka v England Test series postponed because of coronavirus, we’re playing out two Test matches between Sri Lanka and England on Cricket Captain 2018’s ‘All-Time Greats’ mode… This is Sim Series. In the wake of England’s big win in the first Test, we asked whether they should be forced to omit players who retired before Sri Lanka ever played a Test match. Most of you said they should. Okay, people were able to respond to the survey multiple times if they wanted ...
Tags: England, Cook, Sex, Ian Bell, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Paul Collingwood, Ben Stokes, Graham Gooch, Adil Rashid, Matt Prior, Monty Panesar, Jonathan Trott, Ian Botham, David Gower, Kumar Sangakkara


Sim Series, Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, day 4: Underwood ices the cake for England

With the Sri Lanka v England Test series postponed because of Coronavirus, we’re playing out two Test matches between Sri Lanka and England on Cricket Captain 2018’s ‘All-Time Greats’ mode… Welcome to Sim Series. Here’s what happened on day three. Having only made 226 in reply to England’s 541 all out, Sri Lanka are still 294 runs behind with nine second innings wickets in hand. The pitch is already turning quite a bit. Sri Lanka have a job on their hands. Morning session Ian...
Tags: England, Cook, Sex, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Ben Stokes, Stokes, Ian Botham, Jonathan Agnew, Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews, Chaminda Vaas, Agnew, Underwood, Jayawardene, Mahela Jayawardene


Sim Series, Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, day 2: Stokes dominates as Murali toils

With the Sri Lanka v England Test series postponed because of Coronavirus, we’re playing out two Test matches between Sri Lanka and England on Cricket Captain 2018’s ‘All-Time Greats’ mode… Welcome to Sim Series. Day one of the first Sim Series Test between Sri Lanka and England was… well, it was absolute dogshit, wasn’t it? England resume their innings under clear skies on 179-1. Morning session Aware that they have been getting nowhere slowly, England’s batsmen show a little ...
Tags: England, Cook, Sex, Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Ben Stokes, Stokes, Ian Botham, Jonathan Agnew, Hammond, Pietersen, Chaminda Vaas, Knott, Botham


Bob Willis and Me

People die all the time. Some of them are cricketers.In many cases their deaths are expected, but sometimes they are not. For every famous cricketer who passes on, a range of reactions is possible, sometimes separately, sometimes in conjunction with one another. Awareness, acceptance, reflection, and, in the case of certain players, thoughts of what was and what might have been.The death of Bob Willis - unexpected because I had no idea he had been ill - resonated more with me than the passing...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Sydney, New Zealand, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Leeds, Ben Stokes, Headingley, Bob Willis, Mike Brearley, Ian Botham, David Gower, Willis, Underwood


The Awkwardest Squad: Why the 96/97 “flippin’ murdered ’em” tour of Zimbabwe was peak 90s England (a net bowler’s story)

England in Zimbabwe 96/97 (via Sky Sports/YouTube) Big thanks to everyone who funds the site through our Patreon campaign. We couldn’t justify spending this much time on a King Cricket article without you. Remember 1996? Things were very different in 1996. Back in 1996 Leonardo Dicaprio from The Revenant and Claire Danes from Homeland seemed like a perfectly reasonable Romeo and Juliet. Back in 1996 Babylon Zoo could get to number one before anyone realised that the catchy ...
Tags: England, Wales, Sex, India, Features, Paris, Zimbabwe, Leonardo Dicaprio, Sigur Ros, Bangladesh, Ecb, Perth, Claire Danes, Levi, Nicolas Cage, England cricket news


Nari Contractor: A Captain with Grit and Impeccable Character

Nariman Jamshedji Contractor was born on March 7, 1934 at Godhra Gujarat by accident. His pregnant mother was coming on a train from Dahod in Gujarat to Bombay for delivery when all of a sudden she went into labour. Contractor’s uncle was the driver of the train. He arranged medical assistance and dropped her at Godhra as an emergency case. His father owned a distillery and Nari grew up in Nasik. Article By Najum Latif | Scoreline After playing successfully for Gujarat, Nari Contractor made hi...
Tags: England, Australia, Life, India, Sports, Pakistan, Old Trafford, New Zealand, Imran Khan, Nottingham, Watson, Kingston, Delhi, Sachin Tendulkar, Hall, West Indies


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


Critics are calling our latest masterpiece ‘small-minded’ and ‘petty’

It’s great when your work has a real impact on someone. Our latest Twitter round-up has really hit home with Cricinfo reader, Big Frank. Big Frank says: “First time I’ve read this particularly column -and the last.Small minded petty digs at international sportsmen who work hard to get and stay at the level where they are,plus the stick they have to take from the media.” Petty and small-minded is pretty much what we were gunning for, so we take Big Frank’s words as a massive compliment. He didn’t...
Tags: Sex, Ian Botham, Extras, Frank, Petty, Andrew Symonds


Somerset v Glamorgan, Royal London One-Day Cup match report

Sam writes: It rained on the drive from Cornwall to Somerset. We had left our 18-month old son at home, and brought along our 34-year-old friend instead. He turned out to be slightly lower maintenance. The seating rules were not clear, so we plonked ourselves behind the bowler’s arm underneath the new pavilion. Taunton has a lot of pavilions. Before leaving the house, my wife had asked if I had washed the strawberries. I said yes. Mistake number one. As noon approached, she turned to me and sa...
Tags: England, Youtube, Sex, Pakistan, Cornwall, Ipl, Surrey, Match Report, Sam, Alex, Somerset, Glamorgan, Edgbaston, Ian Botham, Taunton, Mumbai Indians


The scope of Ben Stokes

If you were to look at Ben Stokes purely as a batsman or purely as a bowler, you’d struggle to see what the fuss was about. Averages of 34.04 and 35.64 are still at this stage the wrong way round. Taken together, you begin to get a sense of his worth. Going off the numbers alone, he’s effectively two fairly mediocre Test cricketers rolled into one. No side would be desperate to find a place for a Wasim Jaffer or an Umar Gul, but if you could have both and field 12 players… well now, that’s an ...
Tags: England, Sex, Cape Town, England cricket news, Ben Stokes, Warwickshire, Stokes, Ian Botham, Chris Woakes, Against South Africa, Umar Gul, Gul


Durham turn to Superbeefy

There are certainly occasions when Ian Botham is the answer. If we were to ask, ‘which Eighties cricketer frequently showcased the now historic phenomenon of ‘brown armpits’?’ then his name might well come to mind. If we were to ask you to name someone whose ability to shape cricket matches on the field was inversely proportional to his ability to speak logically about them off it, you could again tick the Beefy box with confidence. However, if the questions were: “Who should be chairman of our ...
Tags: England, Sex, Hampshire, Ali, Durham, Ian Botham, Ravindra Jadeja, Ali Martin, Beefy, County cricket news


Playing Long (6th April 2010)

Players I never saw play die regularly - Tom Graveney last year was the most recent - and when they do, my mind always turns to the mythology that surrounds them and their roles in the game's history. Strangely, Bedser wasn't somebody I thought about that much before or since, but there was just something which got into my head at the time and prompted me to write this. It's a short piece that I always liked a lot and still do. I never saw Sir Alec Bedser bowl. He retired from first-class cric...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Caribbean, Ian Botham, Tom Graveney, Brian Carpenter, Bedser


Pakistan vs England: What does 2016 have in store for Pakistan?

Since I have been watching cricket, every single time Pakistan tours England, something goes wrong. Irrespective of what happens on the field, off the field the Pakistanis get embroiled in controversy after controversy.In 1992, ball tampering took center stage as clueless England batsmen resorted to calling the lethal Wasim and Waqar cheats and accused them of tampering with the ball. Only because their batsmen were not good enough to face them and their bowlers were not good enough to bowl them...
Tags: UK, England, Australia, Sex, Pakistan, Imran Khan, Uae, Ian Botham, Misbah, PCB, Yasir, Waqar, Wasim, Mushtaq Ahmed, Inzamam, Aamer



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