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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

The Realm’s England XI – 9. Steve Harmison

We’re picking an England XI comprising the players we invested in the most. We were watching a Sky thing the other day where Steve Harmison was reflecting on his career. At around the point that he became the number one ranked Test bowler, he went on tour to South Africa and found he couldn’t practise due to an oxygen-restrictive combination of altitude and anxiety. Harmison seemed to generate a lot of these sorts of contradictions. He was the England cricketer who only started playing ...
Tags: England, Sex, India, South Africa, Durham, Edgbaston, Oval, Steve Harmison, Mike Hussey, Shiv, Matthew Hayden, Harmison, Andy Caddick, Matthew Hoggard, Darren Gough, Dominic Cork

First Test notes: Moeen's Immaculate Disaster

Moeen Ali is a poetic cricketer, a cricketer to watch, and almost everything he does is worth watching. When he has a bad Test, or a bad tour, he accommodates failure in his own way.The first innings in Barbados was a lovely example of this. Advance publicity on Moeen is that the short ball can unsettle him. His instinct is to hook, but he knows that he probably shouldn't, and in going against instinct he has created a problem for himself. When his first delivery from Kemar Roach came flying dow...
Tags: England, Sex, Ian Bell, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Stokes, Steve Harmison, Bairstow, Barbados, Philip, Omar, Pietersen, Jimmy, Moeen, Higgins

Total Bits and Pieces Cricket: Is England’s current approach the future or simply the best way for them to do things at the minute?

England in Sri Lanka (via Sky Sports) When Dan Vettori made his first Test hundred, against Pakistan in 2003, he was batting at nine. The side featured only three out-and-out batsmen and only two bowlers who could legitimately be classed as tail-enders. Robbie Hart kept wicket. The other five players – Vettori, Scott Styris, Craig McMillan, Chris Cairns and Jacob Oram – all bowled to some extent or other and all finished their Test careers with batting averages in the thirties. The only pr...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Pakistan, New Zealand, Shane Warne, Stuart Broad, Joe Root, Jimmy Anderson, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Stokes, Adil Rashid, Glenn Mcgrath

Should England drop Chris Woakes for Mark Wood?

Mark Wood and Chris Woakes (via YouTube) Chris Woakes is a very good and admirable cricketer. He didn’t have the best of time in the Ashes but has since bounced back in the shorter formats. If he were to play the two Tests against New Zealand he would almost certainly take a whole bunch of wickets. Nevertheless, England should drop him for Mark Wood, who may or may not perform as effectively, but probably on balance not. Now the first thing to say is that we like Chris Woakes very much. We beli...
Tags: England, Sex, New Zealand, Shane Warne, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Andrew Flintoff, England cricket news, Craig, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood, Moeen Ali, Jamie Overton, Craig Overton, Glenn Mcgrath, Steve Harmison

England’s one-day bowling strategy shows up everything that’s wrong with their Test approach

Mark Wood (BT Sport) Speaking about England’s Test bowling attack this week, Steve Harmison managed the rare feat of deploying the word ‘unit’ in a halfway meaningful way. He told Sky Sports that England have to, “make sure that at any one given time they’ve got skill factor with the new ball, an X-factor bowler that can get a wicket out of nothing and control. It’s not about names, it’s about components and it is something England need to identify.” He’s right that it’s about identifying the c...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Sky Sports, Eoin Morgan, England cricket news, Durham, Steve Harmison, Australia Cricket News, Tim Bresnan, Virender Sehwag, Harmison

More Ashes Notes: Boycott versus Engel; Bluffborough; Cleaned Out

There is an outtake from Death of a Gentleman, just a minute or so of footage knocked off by whoever had the camera outside the Oval after a Test match, a fraction of the many hours that ended up in the pixellated digital scrapyard once known as the cutting room floor.It shows Geoffrey Boycott crossing the road, wheeling his suitcase behind him. His back is to camera, but the figure is unmistakable: immaculately dressed; panama hat tilted just so. People surround him, shout his name, follow him....
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Old Trafford, Sheffield, New Zealand, Ecb, Gillespie, Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen, Jimmy Anderson, Jason Gillespie, Oval, Geoffrey Boycott, Anderson, Andy Flower

Two hat tricks in one match – has Mitchell Starc peaked too soon?

Sometimes you can’t be bothered sourcing an actual photo and just use something from the archives We can’t remember the last time we used the phrase ‘peaked too soon’ to refer to anything other than someone we went to school with who hasn’t aged well. Mitchell Starc took two hat tricks for New South Wales against Western Australia. In the words of Osman Samiuddin, he did an Amin Lakhani. One hat trick is a lot of hat tricks, so two is a glut. Too soon. Starc will almost certainly be overbowled ...
Tags: England, Sex, New South Wales, Mitchell Starc, England cricket news, Steve Harmison, Australia Cricket News, Starc, Osman Samiuddin, Amin Lakhani, Magellan Ashes, Jason Behrendorff David Moody, Simon Mackin, Jono Wells

Stuart Broad’s batting has peaked

Stuart Broad slapping one into the off side (via ECB) Stuart Broad’s batting just gets better and better. Maybe not by the traditional metric of batting average, but there are far more sensible ways of assessing a cricketer’s worth. Once upon a time, Broad was a good batsman: high left elbow, great timing and solid defence. Then he top-edged a Varun Aaron bouncer into his own face and everything changed. (We were there when it happened but apparently didn’t think to write anything about it.) Th...
Tags: Sex, Bbc, Stuart Broad, West Indies, England cricket news, Steve Harmison, Broad, Murali, Varun Aaron, ECB Stuart Broad, Stuart Broad is due Stuart Broad

Moeen Ali, England’s second spinner, takes a hat trick

Photo by Sarah Ansell We’ve told you before how we once saw a story in the local paper where a woman had come second in some sort of vegetable growing competition despite being the only person to enter something in that particular category. The judges decided that her entry was only worthy of a silver medal, despite it having zero competition. So it is with Moeen Ali. Speaking before the second Test, England coach Trevor Bayliss asserted that the man we like to call Bowling Ali was the team’s s...
Tags: England, Sex, South Africa, Ali, England cricket news, Moeen Ali, Trevor Bayliss, Steve Harmison, Moeen, Sarah Ansell

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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