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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 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


Pick the team you would support the most: The Realm’s England XI

It’s time for another Sim Series. We’re going to do something a little more personal this time. We’re not going to pick the best possible England team. We’re going to pick an XI comprising the England players we liked the most. Actually that’s not 100 per cent accurate. We’re going to pick the players we felt most strongly about; the players who we invested in the most. Investing in someone isn’t quite the same as liking them. We really, really liked Andy Caddick, for example, because h...
Tags: England, Sex, Andy Caddick, Sim Series


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: Bevan mystery deepens on day 3

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. Day two ended with England 413-4. Nasser Hussain is unbeaten on 145 having batted through the day. Robin Smith is on 22. Mark Taylor still hasn’t given Michael Bevan a bowl. Morning session After much talk about declarations on commentary (Shane Warne thinks Michael Atherton should have declared halfway th...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Smith, Shane Warne, Taylor, Chris Lewis, Mark Waugh, Aussies, Jonathan Agnew, Miller, Salisbury, Lewis, Stewart, Slater, Jack Russell


1990s Ashes Rematch: England middle-order dawdles on day 2

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. Day one ended with England 205-3. Nasser Hussain was cautious and intense in yesterday’s evening session, while Graham Thorpe was cautious and determined. Will they look to press on a bit on day two? And will Mark Taylor ever give Michael Bevan a bowl? Morning session After 13 overs of intense singles ...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Smith, Aussies, Graham Thorpe, Miller, Fleming, Hussain, Julian, Thorpe, Mark Taylor, Paul Reiffel, Nasser Hussain, Michael Bevan, Robin Smith


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


The 1990s-est Ashes Rematch Down Under

Last month we ran The 1990s-est Ashes, an exhibition match between a 1990s England Test XI and a 1990s Australia Test XI played out using Cricket Captain’s ‘All-Time Greats’ mode. It was both a nail-biter and also a sizeable defeat for England. Michael Atherton’s men were just minutes from securing a draw, but ultimately lost by 103 runs. A number of readers have pressed us to run another Sim Series. With the whole of Test history to draw upon, there are all sorts of new and exciting thi...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Holland, Chris Lewis, Adam Gilchrist, Graham Thorpe, Extras, Prefab, Salisbury, Stewart, Jack Russell, Nasser, Nick Knight, Bert, Angus Fraser


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


Sim Nineties: the 1990s-est Ashes – day one

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.) The match is being played in England because that’s what we decided. If you think that gives England an advantage, consider (a) what happened in the Ashes during the 1990s (Australia won every series, ho...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Devon, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, Jonathan Agnew, Australia Cricket News, Ian Healy, Jesus Christ, Slater, Shane, Agnew, Mullally


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, 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 2: Sangakkara and de Silva turn the screw

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 were wobbling on day one only for Graeme Swann and Graham Thorpe to bring them back towards respectability in the evening session. Just goes to show, it doesn’t matter how you spell your first name, you can still excel at cricket. England recommence on 271-6. The sun is ...
Tags: England, Sex, Kevin Pietersen, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Swann, Ben Stokes, Stokes, James Anderson, Anderson, Graeme Swann, Graham Thorpe, David Gower, Jonathan Agnew, Kumar Sangakkara, Vaas


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


Fans rage against inaugural Sim Series – brand current rules “totally unfair”

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. The great thing about being in sole charge of cricket is that we get to piss about with the regulations halfway through a series. In the wake of England’s first Test win, we wondered aloud whether they maybe had a bit of an unfair advantage what with having played Test cricket for...
Tags: England, Cook, Sex, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Barnes, Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Wilfred Rhodes, Jim Laker, Syd Barnes, Sim Series, Herbert Sutcliffe


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 3: Laker tears Sri Lanka a new one with Jayawardene offering lone resistance

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. After a snooze-inducingly slow start on day one, England had built a decent total by the end of day two. They are 486-7. Brace yourselves for some declaration-or-bust batting. Morning session After four quick fours, Stokes goes for 148. Hell of a knock. You could ...
Tags: England, Cook, Sex, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Stokes, Jonathan Agnew, Barnes, Mathews, Jayawardene, Mahela Jayawardene, Dilshan, Jim Laker, Murali, Muttiah Muralitharan, Jayasuriya


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


Sim Series, Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, day 1: Cook to the fore on turgid day

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. If you missed Tuesday’s preview, this is what we’re doing this week. Might as well start with the team news. The England team With spin expected to dominate, England have gone big on spinners. Jim Laker gets the nod over Graeme Swann as a right-arm option because of that...
Tags: England, Cook, Sex, Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Jimmy Anderson, Sri Lanka, Icc, England cricket news, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Agnew, Rhodes, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Herath, Shehan Jayasuriya


Sim Series: Sri Lanka v England – if real sport’s off we’re just going to have to improvise

Like pretty much everything else at the minute, the Sri Lanka v England Test series is postponed or possibly just completely cancelled because of Coronavirus. The only logical thing for a cricket website to do in this situation is to play out two Test matches between Sri Lanka and England on Cricket Captain 2018’s ‘All-Time Greats’ mode… Welcome to Sim Series. It’s going to work like this: We’re going to play two Test matches between Sri Lanka and England on Cricket Captain 2018 and we’re g...
Tags: England, Sex, India, Joe Root, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, James Vince, Chris Silverwood, Keaton Jennings, Sim Series, Wally Hammond



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