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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 – 3. Rob Key

We’re picking an England XI comprising the players we invested in the most. In 2002 Steve Waugh said of Rob Key: “He doesn’t give a shit about much and is real relaxed. I like that in a bloke; it stops him getting overawed.” As someone who at the time didn’t give a shit about much and was real relaxed, we rather liked the idea that those were positive qualities and so we immediately decided that we’d develop a mad obsession with Key that would climax with . No, that isn’t quite wh...
Tags: England, Sex, Espn, Kent, Steve Waugh, Mike Atherton, Rob Key


The Realm’s England XI – 1. Mike Atherton

We’re picking an England XI comprising the players we invested in the most. Our very first ‘favourite player’ was Graham Gooch, but that’s less significant than it sounds because he stepped into a void. All that happened was we read some kids’ cricket book that had a ‘hall of fame’ in it and of the current England players who featured, Ian Botham and David Gower were too obvious, so we decided that Gooch was ‘our guy’. It was based on nothing really. This is not what’s ruled him out of...
Tags: England, Sex, Dad, Andrew Flintoff, Lancashire, Graham Gooch, Ian Botham, David Gower, Michael, Mike Hussey, Mike, Gooch, Mike Atherton, Atherton, Athers


Following On by Emma John – book review

We don’t often review cricket books these days because reading about cricket is not generally what we want to do once we’ve finished reading about cricket for the day. King Cricket reader Hoopy read one though and he sent us a review that he later conceded was, “a little harsh in the cold light of day.” I was born on the 23rd April 1975. By the age of 10 I was obsessed with cricket, by 15 I was a cricket tragic. And, so, started the 1990s, an age where, as we all know, the England cricke...
Tags: England, Sex, Llandudno, Sussex, Oval, Emma, Bridget Jones, Lo, Jack Russell, Mike Atherton, Emma John, John Barclay, Lynx, Alec Stewart, Ramprakash, Cricket Books


1990s Ashes Rematch: Drama on day 5

Last month we pitted a 90s England XI against a 90s Australia XI using International Cricket Captain’s ‘All Time Greats’ mode and the Aussies won. This is the rematch Down Under. Australia (446-5) trail England (575-5 dec) by 129 runs. We’ve done some pretty pointless things in our time, but playing out the fifth day of this match and then writing about it is unquestionably the most pointless today. Here’s what happened on day four. As we resume, Steve Waugh is on 120, Ian Healy...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Chris Lewis, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, Aussies, Graham Thorpe, Barmy Army, Ian Healy, Frank Tyson, Miller, Salisbury, Lewis, Stewart, Gus


1990s Ashes Rematch: Australia fight hard against unpredictable England attack on day 4

Last month we pitted a 90s England XI against a 90s Australia XI using International Cricket Captain’s ‘All Time Greats’ mode and the Aussies won. This is the rematch Down Under. Australia (151-2) trail England (575-5 dec) by 424 runs. Here’s what happened on day three. Greg Blewett and Mark Waugh walk out to bat. The sun is out and the ball is 43 overs old, but the pitch is turning and there’s a bit of erratic bounce too. Morning session Angus Fraser lumbers in to start...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, Aussies, Jonathan Agnew, Salisbury, Lewis, Fraser, Mike Atherton, Atherton, Gough, Healy, Angus Fraser, Waugh


1990s Ashes Rematch: England bat first on day 1

Last month we pitted a 90s England XI against a 90s Australia XI using International Cricket Captain’s ‘All Time Greats’ mode and the Aussies won. This is the rematch Down Under. A quick recap. These teams are not 1990s best XIs. They are 1990s-est XIs. Here’s our workings-out. In short, the Australia XI for this match is the same as for the first match, because that is still the most 90s XI. The England XI is quite a bit different because that’s how picking 90s England sides works. T...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Steve Waugh, Aussies, Graham Thorpe, Jonathan Agnew, Ian Healy, Stewart, Fleming, Mike Atherton, Hussain, Atherton, Colin Miller, Healy, Thorpe


This guy paid £50 for a £300 ticket to go and see England v South Africa at the Oval with some strangers – a match report

Send your match reports to [email protected] We’re only interested in what it was like to be at the game, so if it’s a professional match, on no account mention the cricket itself. Equally, if it’s an amateur match, please go into excruciating detail. William went to England v South Africa at the Oval on Sunday July 22, 2012. Not directly related to this – but alluded to in the piece – William says he sat next to Mike Atherton and really annoyed him once. William writes: My mat...
Tags: England, Sex, South Africa, Match Report, William, Alan, Anthony, Oval, David Gower, Mike Atherton, Bradley Wiggins, England Centurion Test


The 1990s-est Ashes, day five: England and Australia slowly build all-time thriller

Last week we picked our 1990s-est England team and our 1990s-est Australia team. This week we’re pitting them against each other in a one-off exhibition Test match with the aid of Cricket Captain 2018’s ‘All-Time Greats’ mode. (This follows Sim Series: Sri Lanka v England last month.) England (19-0 and 338 all out) need 360 runs to beat Australia (519 all out and 197-2 dec). Here’s what happened on day four. Mike Atherton and Nick Knight walk to the crease. The sun is shining, the p...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Devon, Taylor, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Jonathan Agnew, Australia Cricket News, Miller, Stewart, Fleming, Mullally, Mike Atherton, Nick Knight, Atherton


The 1990s-est Ashes, day four: Australia refuse to be rushed

Last week we picked our 1990s-est England team and our 1990s-est Australia team. This week we’re pitting them against each other in a one-off exhibition Test match with the aid of Cricket Captain 2018’s ‘All-Time Greats’ mode. (This follows Sim Series: Sri Lanka v England last month.) England (313-7) trail Australia (519 all out) by 206 runs. Here’s what happened on day three. Mark Ealham and Alan Mullally walk out to bat. It’s sunny, but the pitch is turning and uneven. England st...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Mark Waugh, Australia Cricket News, Slater, Mullally, Mike Atherton, Nick Knight, Malcolm, Colin Miller, Mark Taylor, Phil Tufnell, Tufnell


The 1990s-est Ashes, day three: Australia plug away

Last week we picked our 1990s-est England team and our 1990s-est Australia team. This week we’re pitting them against each other in a one-off exhibition Test match with the aid of Cricket Captain 2018’s ‘All-Time Greats’ mode. (This follows Sim Series: Sri Lanka v England last month.) England (66-0) trail Australia (519 all out) by 453 runs. Mike Atherton and Nick Knight walk out. It’s cloudy, but after yesterday evening’s show of solidity, there’s some cause for optimism. Morn...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Mark Waugh, Jonathan Agnew, Australia Cricket News, Stewart, Fleming, Mike Atherton, Nick Knight, Habib, Waugh, Bevan, Ronnie Irani


The 1990s-est Ashes, day two: Hard toil for England bowlers

Last week we picked our 1990s-est England team and our 1990s-est Australia team. This week we’re pitting them against each other in a one-off exhibition Test match with the aid of Cricket Captain 2018’s ‘All-Time Greats’ mode. (This follows Sim Series: Sri Lanka v England last month.) Australia are 306-5. Here’s what happened on day one. Michael Bevan and Ian Healy walk to the crease at the start of day two. England will be keen to break the partnership early. They have a ball th...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Jonathan Agnew, Australia Cricket News, Ian Healy, Miller, Knight, Mullally, Mike Atherton, Nick Knight, Julian, Malcolm, Colin Miller


The 1990s-est England Test XI

Let’s pick a 1990s England XI. We’re not looking for a good team here; we’re not trying to pick a bad one either. We’re just trying to pick an England Test team that couldn’t be more Nineties if it tried. A 1990s England team is not really about the stalwarts for the simple reason that picking players repeatedly is very much not what the Nineties was about for England. The Nineties was about failing to ever establish a settled XI. So, as paradoxical as it is, we have to try and reflect ...
Tags: England, Sex, India, Zimbabwe, England cricket news, Salisbury, Stewart, Knight, Mike Atherton, Nick Knight, Atherton, Phil Tufnell, Ronnie Irani, Mark Ramprakash, Alec Stewart, Stewie


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


England have hired a Yorkshireman as coach and no-one’s really noticed

Chris Silverwood – true or false? (via ECB video) England have promoted Chris Silverwood to head coach. No-one’s really acknowledging it because he was coaching Essex before he joined the England setup, but Chris Silverwood is from Yorkshire. Is that significant? Of course it’s significant. England at one point hired straight-talking, no-nonsense Yorkshire stereotype Ray Illingworth as chairman of selectors/coach/’supremo’ (he said it frustrated him he couldn’t captain the team...
Tags: England, Sex, Yorkshire, Essex, Ecb, England cricket news, Jason Gillespie, Hindsight, Mike Atherton, Silverwood, Chris Silverwood, Athers, Illingworth, Illy, Ray Illingworth


The Jason Roy catch: Has any wicket in the history of cricket featured a greater gulf in quality between bowling and fielding?

Jason Roy catch (via YouTube) The Bangladesh Premier League doesn’t allow anyone from outside Bangladesh to watch the highlights online because we’ve no idea why they don’t allow that. What are they hoping we’ll do? Pay for flights to Bangladesh? Fortunately, you can find grainy footage of Jason Roy’s catch for Sylhet Sixers against Chittagong Vikings on YouTube and social media. It is notable for two reasons. The first reason is that it was an amazing catch. The second rea...
Tags: England, Youtube, Sex, Bangladesh, Roy, Ab De Villiers, Jason Roy, Extras, Mike Atherton, Chittagong Vikings, Yasir Ali, Sylhet Sixers, Alok Kapali, Mohammad Ashraful, YouTube The Bangladesh Premier League, Jason Roy Roy


Ramprakash and Hick: onwards down the years...

Thursday 6 June 1991, Headingley. First Test, England v West Indies. The Windies team-sheet is a study in greatness, or at least in grandeur beginning imperceptibly to fade: Simmons, Haynes, Richardson, Hooper, Richards, Logie, Dujon, Marshall, Ambrose, Walsh, Patterson. England's side has some old stagers with no illusions - Gooch, Lamb, Smith, Russell, Pringle - two established fast bowlers in Defreitas and Malcolm, an opening batsman, Mike Atherton, who has made three centuries in his first t...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Root, Pakistan, Yorkshire, Martin Amis, Natwest, Leeds, Joe Root, West Indies, Somerset, Middlesex, Headingley, Graham Gooch, Worcestershire


Chris Tremlett’s shirt and Jonathan Trott’s listening face

The latest instalment of ‘seemingly random screengrabs from ECB videos’ brings us Chris Tremlett busting out of a black shirt and Jonathan Trott either fed up with his cold, pondering his own mortality or drifting off into a coma or something. Just look at the strain on those poor buttons. Chris Tremlett is no longer suited to human clothing. We’ve no idea if this is the kind of thing the ECB are hoping to get out of their social media ‘presence’. It’s from a nice little thing about the 2010/1...
Tags: Sex, Ecb, England cricket news, Jonathan Trott, Australia Cricket News, Chris Tremlett, Mike Atherton, England England, Chris Schofield



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