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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 – 11. Monty Panesar

We’re picking an England XI comprising the players we invested in the most. Turns out we’ve latched onto quite a few England spinners in recent years. We have always loved Adil Rashid very, very much while Moeen Ali rather snuck his way into our affections and shows no sign of being shifted any time soon. But then there’s Monty Panesar. The Paleogene Period is a funny one. Spanning 43 million years from the end of the Cretaceous Period to the beginning of the Neogene Period, it’s th...
Tags: England, Sex, Earth, Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad, Andrew Flintoff, Ashley Giles, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Monty Panesar, Steve Harmison, Ryan Sidebottom, Chris Woakes, Phil Tufnell, Panesar


Two dismissals an innings and over: who was Test cricket’s busiest wicketkeeper?

We don’t write about wicketkeepers very much and that’s wrong. Batsmen and bowlers aren’t the only ones deserving of our attention. Squatters have rights too. This article is about the select band of stumpers who have averaged more than two dismissals an innings in Tests. Wicketkeepers who’ve taken two dismissals an innings and over. It’s not many, you know. If we limit ourselves to guys who’ve played at least 20 Tests so that we can rule out Steve Rhodes, we’re left with just six men and a...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Features, South Africa, Eiffel Tower, Shane Warne, Papua New Guinea, West Indies, Ashley Giles, Jones, Adam Gilchrist, Monty Panesar, Steve Waugh, Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon


Sim Series, Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, day 4: England rue first innings deficit

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. Sri Lanka gave England hell on day three. The tourists are still 88 behind with eight wickets in hand. Morning session Muttiah Muralitharan starts with just the six close fielders. David Gower starts with a pair of fours. Murali adds a seventh close fielder. Go...
Tags: England, Sex, Kevin Pietersen, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Swann, Ben Stokes, Stokes, James Anderson, Matt Prior, Anderson, Monty Panesar, Graeme Swann, Graham Thorpe, David Gower, Jonathan 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


Thailand are playing in the T20 World Cup this week

Thai cricket (via YouTube) Have you ever been to Thailand? Thailand’s great. We had garlic prawns on an island called Ko Jum and it was pretty much a 50-50 ratio of those two main ingredients. We did some other stuff too, but that’s the first thing we remember. Top work on the garlic prawns, Thailand. There are 10 teams in the T20 World Cup, which starts tomorrow, and Thailand are one of them. The general feeling is that they probably will not win a match and so obviously the m...
Tags: UK, England, Sex, Afghanistan, Thailand, Pakistan, New Zealand, Icc, Andrew Flintoff, Monty Panesar, Associates, Windies, Nattaya Boochatham, Amiga Press


Five lost England Test cricketers of the 2010s

Haseeb Hameed (via YouTube) In another universe, these five cricketers are the backbone of the England Test team. A handful of players make it in Test cricket. Others get picked and aren’t good enough. Then there are the weird ones; the ones who get a few games, look the business and then for some weird reason or another disappear again when you were absolutely convinced that they’d become fixtures in the side. Here are five players who seemed for all the world like they we...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, India, New Zealand, Nottinghamshire, James Taylor, Stuart Broad, Taylor, Kevin Pietersen, Jimmy Anderson, Lancashire, England cricket news, Trevor Bayliss, James Anderson, Steven Finn


Monty Panesar was on Celebrity Mastermind and it did not go well

Monty Panesar on Mastermind (iPlayer) We love Monty Panesar – absolutely love him – but his Celebrity Mastermind appearance was not a triumph. The pressure clearly got to him during the general knowledge round and he appeared to lose the ability to comprehend English sentences. What followed was a sort of word association exercise where Monty blurted out whatever happened to be passing through his brain each time John Humphrys stopped talking. Monty gave some very fine wr...
Tags: Sex, John Humphrys, England cricket news, Monty Panesar, Lewis, Monty, Keats, Oliver Twist Number two Monty


Ten important questions after watching the trailer for that new England documentary ‘The Edge’

The Edge is a 1997 film starring Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Elle Macpherson and Bart the Bear, a kodiak bear who also starred in Legends of the Fall among other things (actual fact). It is a lost-in-the-wilderness-getting-hunted-by-a-kodiak-bear film. The Edge is also going to be a 2019 documentary about the last England team that got to number one in the world but then fell apart. You can watch the trailer here. Here are ten important questions that arise after wat...
Tags: England, Mississippi, Sex, Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Jimmy Anderson, Andrew Strauss, England cricket news, Monty Panesar, Graeme Swann, Andy Flower, Jonathan Trott, Chris Tremlett, Bart, Monty


India v Australia, Adelaide 2018, Day 3

I watched most of India's batting on the 3rd day after waking up early on Saturday morning to do so. When I went to sleep on Friday night, I feared that Australia might still be batting, with Mitchell Starc and Travis Head doing their best impression of Jason Gillespie and Steve Waugh. But India earned lead of 15, which, from 127/6 still meant that the last 4 Australian wickets added 108.Murali Vijay played as though he knows he is keeping the spot warm for Prithvi Shaw. KL Rahul played like a l...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, India, Adelaide, Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Jason Gillespie, Oval, Monty Panesar, Steve Waugh, Graeme Swann, Nathan Lyon, Kohli, Rahul, Cummins


A Trip Down Memory Lane Reminiscing Pakistan's unlikely Test Victories

This morning, with Australia at 91-7, a friend on Whatsapp commented that this has got to be the mother of all comebacks after Pakistan were 57-5 on the first morning of the test.That discussion led to more examples of Pakistan coming from behind to win a test.Here are five of Pakistan's great test wins that came after they had their backs against the wall.Hamilton 1993On a green top, a typical surface in New Zealand, Pakistan were put in by the Kiwis and in no time were reduced to 12-3. A custo...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, India, Pakistan, Dubai, New Zealand, Alastair Cook, Abu Dhabi, Hamilton, Anderson, Monty Panesar, Kolkata, Shoaib Akhtar, Waqar Younis, Azhar Ali


Jimmy Anderson gave a lion’s view of Virat Kohli

Lion (Wikimedia Commons licensed by Kevin Pluck) “If a lion could talk, we could not understand him,” wrote Ludwig Wittgenstein. The point being our feline friend would probably be rambling on about how he’d happened across some other lion’s urine earlier in the day and his specific concerns about this patch of piss would mean nothing to you. Lions live in a world with different norms, values and preoccupations – and so do fast bowlers. Ask Jimmy Anderson for his opinion on a particular batsman...
Tags: England, Sex, South Africa, Jimmy Anderson, England cricket news, Monty Panesar, Virat Kohli, Lions, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Achilles, Jimmy, Mark Nicholas, India cricket news


Pakistan to Manchester

Manchester was home for me between 2009 and 2011 and while I spent two magnificent years in the city, I was quite disappointed when England did not schedule a test, or for that matter neither an ODI or a T20I, at Old Trafford during Pakistan's tour in 2010. I did manage to watch a couple of T20 games between England and Australia at Old Trafford and also made my way down to London on the weekends to catch a few days play at Lords and Oval in 2010, I feel like I missed out not watching Pakistan ...
Tags: England, London, Australia, Sex, Pakistan, Manchester, Old Trafford, Oval, Monty Panesar, Vaughan, Steve Harmison, Yasir Shah, Trescothick, Atherton, Thorpe, Younis Khan



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