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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

Third Test Notes: Ishant Sharma Keeps Running In; The Conversion Of Jonny Bairstow

Ishant Sharma was born in 1988. The Indian cricket team began that year by playing West Indies in Chennai, the final game of a four Test series. Opening the bowling for West Indies were Patrick Patterson and Courtney Walsh. Opening the bowling for India were Kapil Dev and Mohinder Amarnath. India won by 255 runs. Kapil sent down eleven overs in the match, Amarnath, in what was his 69th and last Test, just five.Mohinder Amarnath took 32 wickets in his Test career and was really a batsman, but tha...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, India, Johnson, Alastair Cook, Michael Vaughan, Perth, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Brendon Mccullum, Jos Buttler, Graham Gooch, Ryan Harris, Trent Bridge, Jonny Bairstow

Younis & Misbah still at the top of their game

In two days time, Younis Khan and Misbah Ul Haq will take the field for the very last time for Pakistan. Many feel they are leaving too soon, while many think that they have timed it perfectly.No one really knows when the best time is to hang up their boots, but one thing I am sure of...Both Younis Khan and Misbah Ul Haq are still at the top of their game, still the best test batsmen Pakistan have, and still have some years left in them.In my opinion, the best 5 batsmen to play test cricket for ...
Tags: Sex, Pakistan, Misbah, Younis Khan, Kallis, Ponting, Younis, Sachin, Misbah ul Haq, Javed Miandad, Inzamam, Sangakkara, Miandad, Mohammad Yousuf, Yousuf, Kallis Dravid

Test Cricket's 10K Club

In the just concluded test between Pakistan and the West Indies, Younis Khan became the 13th batsman in the world, and the first batsman from Pakistan, to reach the coveted feat of 10,000 test runs. (The table shows the batsmen's stats after the test in which they reached 10,000 runs) Here are some interesting facts and stats regarding the 13 members of the 10K Club:All of the 13 batsmen have captained their countries in test matches. All of them, besides Kallis, have been appointed full tim...
Tags: Sex, Pakistan, Alastair Cook, West Indies, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Sunil Gavaskar, Jayawardene, Younis Khan, Kallis, Ponting, Younis, Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid, Gavaskar, Miandad

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

Of Pakistan's streak and Babar Azam's Sterling Form

Pakistan has now won 7 international matches in a row, a streak that started with the win in the final ODI against England and includes a T20 win against England, 3 T20 wins against West Indies, and 2 ODI wins against West Indies.Considering that this streak is in white ball cricket, it is even more commendable given the dire straits Pakistan's limited overs teams have been in for the past few years.Moreover, don't forget that those results include dominating victories over both the World T20 fi...
Tags: Asia, England, Australia, Sex, South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand, Wellington, Uae, West Indies, Auckland, Odi, Virat Kohli, Afridi, LAHORE, Kohli

Runs and Trust (8th January 2012)

A piece about Michael Clarke, from early 2012. There was a time when everyone had an opinion about Clarke, many of which didn't seem to make much sense to me. My opinion was that he was a bloody classic batsman. Michael Clarke could always bat. He could bat when he came to England with the Australian Under-19 side in 1999. He could bat when he made his Test debut in India in 2004. He could bat when he took over the captaincy of his country a year ago and he can bat now. If you wanted, you ...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, India, Border, Sydney, Clarke, Michael Clarke, Steve, Mcgrath, Newlands, Mike Hussey, Mike Selvey, Warne, Hayden, Gilchrist

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