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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: 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


Stokes still preparing in case delayed IPL starts in mid-April

England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he is still preparing for a return to competitive cricket in the Indian Premier League next month.
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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, 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 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


England's Stokes out of Sri Lanka warm-up 'but not linked' to coronavirus

Ben Stokes withdraws from England's warm-up match in Sri Lanka to undergo abdominal tests - but it is not linked to any coronavirus concerns.
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Ben Stokes: England all-round withdraws from Sri Lanka warm-up with abdominal problem

Ben Stokes withdraws from England's warm-up match in Sri Lanka to undergo abdominal tests - but it is not linked to any coronavirus concerns.
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Return of the big guns signals start of T20 World Cup countdown

Dale Steyn set to play first international in nearly a year as Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes re-enter fray for England
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Ben Stokes' father heading home after surgery in South Africa

The father of England all-rounder Ben Stokes is heading home after more than five weeks in hospital and three operations.
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The Jos Buttler formula and the Ben Stokes toolkit – how ‘trust your defence’ and ‘play your natural game’ aren’t competing philosophies

Jos Buttler is a Test batsman who talks as if he needs to approach his innings in a certain way. Maybe taking a philosophy into the middle is counterproductive. What’s your natural game? Our natural game is a lot of tea, coffee and reading, a small amount of writing, maybe a bike ride and probably three beers late on watching something like Roadhouse, the film that taught Michael Vaughan so much. As you’d imagine, we play our natural game basically never, which is fine, bec...
Tags: England, Sex, Bristol, Michael Vaughan, England cricket news, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Stokes, Headingley, Trent Bridge, Josh Hazlewood, Buttler, Johnny Utah, Parasaurolophus, Against India, Mitchell Starc Mitchell Johnson


England in South Africa: Ben Stokes says father's health more pleasing than series win

England all-rounder Ben Stokes says his father leaving hospital is "more pleasing than winning the series" in South Africa.
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Mark Wood casts aside concerns over injury and age with fine performance in fourth Test

Mark Wood revealed the call to include him in the XI for the fourth Test was made on the morning of day one.With just three days between Monday’s finish in Port Elizabeth and Friday’s start at The Wanderers, England and indeed Wood himself were unsure if he could pull-up right for back-to-back Tests. It turns out they had little to worry about.For the second time in a week, Wood offered runs, wickets and catches to put England in a commanding lead in the fourth Test at The Wanderers.Another batt...
Tags: England, News, Australia, South Africa, Newcastle, Perth, Wood, Sarah, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood, Jos Buttler, Trent Bridge, Glenn Mcgrath, Buttler, Derek, Port Elizabeth


Ben Stokes fined after accepting ICC charge for swearing at fan during South Africa vs England Test

Ben Stokes has been fined 15% of his match fee after accepting an ICC charge for swearing at a spectator during day one of the fourth Test between England and South Africa in Johannesburg. Stokes was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC's code of conduct, which relates to the “use of an audible obscenity during an International Match”. The 28-year old was verbally abused by a spectator as he was making his way off the field having been dismissed for two in the first innings. In ret...
Tags: England, News, South Africa, Cape Town, Pope, Joe Root, Icc, Ashley Giles, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Stokes, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Ben, Giles, Andy Pycroft


Ben Stokes fined, handed demerit point for verbal altercation with Wanderers spectator

Broadcasters showed allrounder swearing at a fan who aimed abuse at him during first day of Johannesburg Test
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Ben Stokes: England all-rounder fined for altercation with fan

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is fined 15% of his match fee for an altercation with a spectator during the fourth Test in South Africa.
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Ben Stokes apologises after foul-mouthed response to spectator's 'Ed Sheeran' jibe

Allrounder could face ICC sanction following spectator altercation after his first-innings dismissal and faces demerit points
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England all-rounder Stokes apologises for altercation

England's Ben Stokes apologises after a verbal exchange with someone off the field during the fourth Test against South Africa.
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Ben Stokes apologises after altercation during fourth Test

England's Ben Stokes apologises after a verbal exchange with someone off the field during the fourth Test against South Africa.
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Ben Stokes could face trouble from ICC after verbal altercation with Wanderers spectator

Allrounder was heard swearing at a spectator after his first-innings dismissal and faces demerit points
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Ben Stokes appears to be involved in altercation during fourth Test

England's Ben Stokes appears to be involved in a verbal exchange with someone off the field during the fourth Test against South Africa.
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England's Stokes involved in apparent altercation during fourth Test

England's Ben Stokes appears to be involved in a verbal exchange with someone off the field during the fourth Test against South Africa.
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Joe Denly could become England’s Baron of Balls

Joe Denly is not doing the job. But Joe Denly is doing a job. Denly made a ball hundred in the third Test. The ball hundred is a term we coined for use in situations where you’re batting for a draw and ‘deliveries faced’ entirely supersedes ‘runs scored’ as a performance metric. A ball hundred is when you face a hundred balls. Joe Denly faced 100 balls in Port Elizabeth and made 25 runs. 25 runs is not enough runs but 100 balls is enough balls. Some people think Jonny ...
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England in South Africa: Ollie Pope & Ben Stokes hit hundreds in third Test

Ollie Pope scores his first Test century and Ben Stokes 120 to put England in a dominant position on day two of the third Test against South Africa.
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Pope and Stokes centuries put England on top against South Africa

Ollie Pope scores his first Test century and Ben Stokes 120 to put England in a dominant position on day two of the third Test against South Africa.
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South Africa v England: Ollie Pope and Ben Stokes hit hundreds in Port Elizabeth

Ollie Pope struck his first Test centuriy and Ben Stokes cracked a hundred of his own to put England in a dominant position on day two of the third Test against South Africa.
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South Africa v England: Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope give tourists edge

An unbroken stand of 76 between Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope gives England a slight edge over South Africa at the end of a fluctuating first day of the third Test in Port Elizabeth.
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Stokes and Pope give England the edge on day one

An unbroken stand of 56 between Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope gave England a slight edge over South Africa at the end of a fluctuating first day of the third Test in Port Elizabeth.
Tags: England, News, South Africa, Pope, Ben Stokes, Stokes, Ollie Pope