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Evil v Good, day 3: England’s best day so far

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. Taken in isolation, day two was less rubbish than day one. However, the nature of Test cricket is that it cannot be taken in isolation, so in fact day two compounded day one such that we arrive here at day three in an even worse position than yesterday morning. England are 19-0 and 208 runs behind. That’s pretty much where yo...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Johnson, Shane Warne, Paul Collingwood, Collingwood, Steve Waugh, Mcgrath, Mitchell, Glenn, Trescothick, Marcus Trescothick, Warne, Mike Atherton, Gilchrist


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 – 2. Marcus Trescothick

We’re picking an England XI comprising the players we invested in the most. We’re all expert epidemiologists these days so it’s tempting to think there’s some sort of favourite player infection going on here. Gooch opened with Athers and infected him and then Athers opened with Trescothick and infected him. It’s not like that though. It’s just that we’re doing this in batting order. It’s not entirely unlikely that our favourite openers batted together. Superfit Gooch and Young Athe...
Tags: England, Sex, Graham Thorpe, Gooch, Trescothick, Marcus Trescothick, Athers, Robin Smith, Young Athers


Sim Series, Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, day 3: Matthews exploits flaccid, careless 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… This is Sim Series. England battled to some sort of total, but day two belonged to Sri Lanka. They recommence on 225-3. Morning session Graeme Swann starts and Kumar Sangakkara reaches his hundred. He celebrates by standing still and staring into space. The England fielders acknowledge ...
Tags: England, Cook, Sex, Alastair Cook, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Swann, Ben Stokes, Stokes, James Anderson, Anderson, Graeme Swann, Graham Thorpe, David Gower, Kumar Sangakkara, Matthews


Sim Series, Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, day 1: Swann counterattacks after Murali and Herath leave England rocking

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. Following the first Test, the Cricket Captain developers offered us a copy of the latest version of the game. However, we promised you all that we’d continue using the 2018 version if they did that. We are being true to our word. Here’s the team news. Let’s crack on. The ...
Tags: England, Cook, Sex, Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Swann, Stokes, Matt Prior, Graham Thorpe, David Gower, Jonathan Agnew, Pietersen, Marcus Trescothick, Agnew


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, 2nd Test, day 3: Matthews exploits flaccid, careless 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… This is Sim Series. England battled to some sort of total, but day two belonged to Sri Lanka. They recommence on 225-3. Morning session Graeme Swann starts and Kumar Sangakkara reaches his hundred. He celebrates by standing still and staring into space. The England fielders acknowledge ...
Tags: England, Cook, Sex, Alastair Cook, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Swann, Ben Stokes, Stokes, James Anderson, Anderson, Graeme Swann, Graham Thorpe, David Gower, Kumar Sangakkara, Matthews


Marcus

Get up. Leave your chair, or your bed. Go outside. If you are in England, even in the balmy south-west, you will see signs of autumn. It may be mild, but the leaves are turning; it may be quiet, but, if you are very lucky now, you may just hear the last of the northern summer's swallows, swifts and housemartins as they ready themselves to fly south. Come Newlands in January, when England are playing, this is where they will be.There may be a slight chill in the air; a chill that may be real...
Tags: England, Sex, India, Time, Manchester, New Zealand, Yorkshire, Devon, Surrey, Essex, Colchester, Alastair Cook, Perth, Darren Lehmann, West Indies, Somerset


A review of Cricket Captain 2018’s ‘All-Time Greats’ mode

Cricket Captain 2018 is fundamentally the same game as last year. Here’s a review of Cricket Captain 2017 for a broad overview and what follows here is a (not particularly) quick look at All-Time Greats mode, which is one of the new features. We’ll probably do a review thing about playing a career as Afghanistan further down the line as well. What is All-Time Greats mode? What do you think it is? It’s a gameplay mode where you can pick historical players. You know, all these sorts of guys… ...
Tags: England, Sex, India, Xbox 360, Afghanistan, Alastair Cook, Wii, Jimmy Anderson, Ps3, Swann, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann, Bob Willis, Graham Thorpe, Wg Grace, Rhodes


County Championship Round Two – not even going to pretend to pass this off as a preview

Photo by Sarah Ansell We had at least one dissatisfied reader last week who seemed to be labouring under the misapprehension that we might have been looking to offer “insight”. There’ll be none of that here. Surrey v Lancashire Surrey, just 22 points above the relegation zone, would do well to focus on gaining a few bonus points against unbeaten Lancashire. Shivnarine Chanderpaul will be playing for Lancs and if Dane Vilas can somehow resist the temptation to call him through for a single tha...
Tags: Sex, Yorkshire, Surrey, Essex, Alastair Cook, Hampshire, Jimmy Anderson, Somerset, Warwickshire, Durham, Mark Footitt, Marcus Trescothick, Dane Vilas, Liam Livingstone, Lancashire Surrey, Sarah Ansell


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


Unguarded by Jonathan Trott – book review

Sam writes: My shelves are groaning under the weight of cricket autobiographies. The best – among them Coming Back To Me by Marcus Trescothick and Nasser Hussain’s Playing With Fire – are well-thumbed. The others tend to blur together. Tales of pushy parents, age group potential, Test debuts and tearful retirements can almost be written by numbers. If you’re feeling particularly masochistic, give Michael Vaughan’s A Year In The Sun a whirl. Bet you won’t make it to the end without chewing your...
Tags: Amazon, England, Sex, Pakistan, Stuart Broad, Michael Vaughan, Sam, Abi, Warwickshire, Jonathan Trott, Marcus Trescothick, Trott, Nasser Hussain, Cricket Books


Living in the Age of Root

The Nevil Road ground, in the tired northern suburbs of Bristol, was never anyone's idea of one of the world's great cricket theatres. It's been smartened up a bit recently, but back in the late nineties when it began to host one-day internationals, it was a prisoner of its own featurelessness. Crammed between rows of terraced houses and a Victorian orphanage, when there wasn't much of a crowd in - which, frankly, was most of the time when Gloucestershire were playing - for all its antique ass...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Pakistan, Old Trafford, Yorkshire, Bristol, Natwest, Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Sachin Tendulkar, Joe Root, Chris Gayle, Middlesex, Adam Gilchrist, Steve Waugh


A rather hasty July 21 County Championship round-up

What a headline. Okay, let’s hustle through this unsatisfactorily before another Test match starts. In fact it occurs to us that the daily email comprising this particular post will go out at almost exactly the time the match starts. We really should plan ahead. Never mind. The headline’s written. County Championship it is. You could start with the table? No. It’s too time consuming to do all the cropping and uploading and we’re in a hurry. All you really need to know is that Middlesex are sti...
Tags: Sex, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Somerset, Middlesex, Durham, Lyth, Adams, Marcus Trescothick, Neil Wagner, Gareth Batty, Keaton Jennings, County cricket news, Wheater


Pakistan’s pretty impressive attack

“They are a pretty impressive attack,” said Marcus Trescothick after Somerset played Pakistan. He had plenty of time to assess the bowlers’ worth because he scored a hundred. The fact that he is 40 and now bats in glasses due to his deteriorating vision shouldn’t in any way be held against the tourists, because age and eyesight really haven’t made much of a dent. Marcus Trescothick still warrants the description ‘pretty impressive’ himself. He’ll still be able to make hundreds against internatio...
Tags: England, Sex, Pakistan, Somerset, Trescothick, Marcus Trescothick


A veritable smorgasbord of draws in the latest exciting instalment of the 2016 County Championship

This week’s matches varied incredibly. We had fraught, tense, hard-fought draws; ambling draws that were obvious from a mile out; and everything in between. The 2016 County Championship is not yet proving to be a competition in which people win cricket matches. The fraught, tense, hard-fought draw Yorkshire gamely went after a tough fourth innings target after had gritted, nurdled and punched a hundred from number seven. In so doing, they almost capitulated. But they didn’t. It was a draw. ...
Tags: Sex, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Stuart Broad, Hampshire, Lancashire, Warwickshire, Middlesex, Jonny Bairstow, Marcus Trescothick, Neil Wagner, Notts, Jake Ball, Liam Livingstone, County cricket news


How often do you get ‘snow stopped play’?

We’ve attended a County Championship match on a double trousers day before. Sitting still, steadily losing heat throughout the day, you don’t quite realise how cold you are until your bone marrow turns solid. You don’t know what that feels like? You’ll know it when it happens. Ravi Rampaul didn’t mind the cold. They always make out like it’s extra tough for West Indians, as if they’re a different species or something. The truth is, Ravi’s well padded – and not in the ‘preparing to bat’ sense. He...
Tags: Sex, Chris Gayle, Marcus Trescothick, Umar Akmal, Ravi, Mark Nicholas, Pine Barrens, Kamran Akmal, County cricket news, Ravi Rampaul, Somerset Or



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