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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 Antagonists XI: a team we couldn’t bear to lose to

The basic premise of The Realm’s England XI is that it comprises players we love and can’t help but root for. To maximise excitement, they obviously have to play against a team we absolutely could not bear to lose to: The Antagonists XI. The first time we picked this team, it was a failure. It came out kind of samey with just a dash of incoherence. So we tried again. We gave it a bit more thought and tried to be more creative. That team was even worse. So for our third attempt, w...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Warner, Stuart Broad, David Warner, Steve Smith, Adam Gilchrist, Steve Waugh, Mitchell Johnson, Hayden, Justin Langer, Langer, Brett Lee


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


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


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


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


Magical Moments that Defined Previous Cricket World Cups

The past 11 editions of the ICC World Cup have provided for extremely exciting and thrilling viewing for fans and this time it will be no different.We have already had two warm up matches that went into the final over showing signs for things to come once the main event starts in 4 days time!Here is a quick look at some of the magical moments that defined previous World Cups (starting 83 onwards as I have very little knowledge of the first two...)Prudential Cup 1983Kapil Dev's unbeaten 175 again...
Tags: Australia, Sex, India, South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Imran Khan, Mumbai, Shane Warne, Sachin Tendulkar, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Dale Steyn, Kumar Sangakkara, Elliott


Azhar Ali & Asad Shafiq have been Epic Failures

When Pakistan's greatest test batsman, Younis Khan, and most capped test captain, Misbah Ul Haq, retired in May 2017, we all thought; rather we all knew that Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq were ready to take over the role of Pakistan's leading test batsmen.Till that time, Azhar and Asad had played all their test cricket in a batting line up that was built around the backbone of Younis and Misbah.Azhar made the number 3 position his own and even excelled as an opener; while Asad always provided solid ...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Ireland, South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand, Lyon, Sri Lanka, Uae, Kane Williamson, Imam, Steve Waugh, Misbah, Azhar Ali, MCG


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


EXCLUSIVE: Shane Warne capable of self-awareness

Shane Warne (via Cricket Australia YouTube) Shane Warne’s got another book out – No Spin. In it, he’s taken the time to dig over old grievances with Steve Waugh. The story is this. Steve Waugh wanted to drop Shane Warne once because he was coming back from major shoulder surgery and he wasn’t bowling very well. Warne agreed that he wasn’t bowling very well, but said he was about to start bowling very well any minute now, so Waugh shouldn’t drop him. Waugh dropped him. Let’s say that the two m...
Tags: Australia, Sex, Shane Warne, Steve Waugh, Australia Cricket News, Warne, Liz Hurley, Waugh, Jason Gillespie Waugh, Test Fox Sports


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


Take a look at the top IPL Captains who’ve enjoyed great success

Top 5 Most Successful Captains in IPL Cricket The role of the captain, according to Steve Waugh, is to combine 10 individuals’ contrasting personalities and ensure they are all moving in the same direction, by treating them both equally and differently. This encompasses how important a good captain of any kind of sports team is, but particularly cricket. Read on for a list of the top 5 captain’s throughout the IPL’s history. Number 5: Shane Warne Shane Warne, known as one of th...


Asad Shafiq is a HERO

No one expected Pakistan to chase 490, so when Pakistan ended day 4 with only 108 more to get with 2 wickets in hand, expectations changed.Hopes rose even further as the target got to less than 50 on the 5th day.But then, when another 40 odd runs were required, Pakistan lost Asad Shafiq, the man who had turned the first test between Pakistan and Australia on its head.It was a monumental effort by Asad Shafiq, which took Pakistan to 450 in the 4th innings. Easily their highest every 4th innings t...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Pakistan, Steve Waugh, Sharjah, Asad, Australia South Africa, Waugh, Asad Shafiq, Saeed Anwar


Brad Hogg shoved vitamin C up his jacksie – and there are still some unanswered questions about the story

Another day, another pre-Christmas autobiography by a gnarly old Australian cricketer. Brad Hogg’s The Wrong ‘Un surely warrants a mention though, if only for the anecdote about when Steve Waugh tricked him into thinking that some vitamin C pills needed to be inserted into his outbox. The story itself has pretty much just been told in the previous sentence. “I felt uncomfortable for a few days, but I never got a cold,” he adds. However, the background to this is extraordinary. Firstly, Hogg ap...
Tags: Sex, Steve Waugh, Australia Cricket News, Hogg, Michael Bevan, Brad Hogg


All Hail Misbah, Pakistan's most capped and most successful test captain

Misbah Ul Haq is currently captaining Pakistan in a test match for the 49th time, 1 more than the number of times Imran Khan captained Pakistan. Misbah has not only captained Pakistan in more matches than anyone before him, he has also won more and scored more than any Pakistan captain before him. On many other fronts, he has surpassed all other captains from not only Pakistan, but also the subcontinent! He is undoubtedly at the helm of the most successful test team Pakistan has ever had, and i...
Tags: Sex, Pakistan, Imran Khan, Michael Clarke, Uae, West Indies, Steve Waugh, Misbah, Dhoni, Hansie Cronje, Younis Khan, Langer, Younis, Misbah ul Haq, Javed Miandad, Brian Lara


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


Jos Buttler’s feud with Bangladesh – who started it?

Jos Buttler is not an overtly angry man. Few batsmen better expose the fallacy that attacking cricket and on-field aggression are somehow symbiotically linked. As a batsman, Buttler demolishes via controlled explosions. He delivers a series of well-timed detonations and more often than not, the opposition implodes. Yet as a bloke, he makes you recalibrate the entry criteria for ‘softly-spoken’. It seems almost too obvious to point out, but his demeanour is as placid and undemonstrative as the ...
Tags: England, Sex, Bangladesh, England cricket news, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Steve Waugh, Jos, Buttler, Tamim Iqbal



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