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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, 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


Bob Willis and Me

People die all the time. Some of them are cricketers.In many cases their deaths are expected, but sometimes they are not. For every famous cricketer who passes on, a range of reactions is possible, sometimes separately, sometimes in conjunction with one another. Awareness, acceptance, reflection, and, in the case of certain players, thoughts of what was and what might have been.The death of Bob Willis - unexpected because I had no idea he had been ill - resonated more with me than the passing...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Sydney, New Zealand, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Leeds, Ben Stokes, Headingley, Bob Willis, Mike Brearley, Ian Botham, David Gower, Willis, Underwood


Watching You Watching James Vince

For hardened James Vince watchers, for the jittery acolytes of batting’s fragile beauty, his latest recall to the England team, this time for the final one-dayer against India at Headingley, was very James Vince indeed. He hit his first ball for four (check); went scoreless from the next seven (check); got to a lovely twenty (check); was dismissed in frustrating fashion (check); opinions on both sides were retrenched (check)…It joined the long list of very James Vince moments: the run-out at Bri...
Tags: England, Sex, India, David Beckham, Brisbane, Paul Scholes, Richard Gere, Mitchell Starc, Headingley, Graham Gooch, Mike Brearley, David Gower, Dexter, James Vince, Gere, Vince


'I love Lord's, but its walls look like a prison' - Gower fronts ambitious ground ownership scheme

A new scheme, fronted by David Gower, is offering members of the public a chance to buy shares in Lord's
Tags: Sport, Cricket, David Gower, Gower


I Don’t Like Cricket, I Hate It – the county cricket and crying Aussies edition

A semi-regular feature in which we ask a fella going by the name of Prince Prefab about cricket – even though he hates cricket. We are in bold. Prince Prefab is not. King Cricket: We’re speaking now on the eve of the County Championship and I am all the way excited to hear how this competition impacts on your life. It does not. Unless there are crying Australians I’m not interested. Although I do love counties. I like to look at maps of the counties. Might get a county map and get it framed. It...
Tags: UK, England, Sex, Yorkshire, Neighbours, David Gower, Australia Cricket News, Prefab, Cheshire, Don, County cricket news, Prince Prefab


England are too passionate

Photo by Sarah Ansell Can we be the first to accuse them of that? People reflexively go the other way, accusing losing teams of lacking commitment, determination or heart, but it’s almost always the exact opposite. As we’ve written before, passion is not a cure-all. Passion drives you to things like losing all perspective, obsessing, never resting and eventually having a mental breakdown. According to Alastair Cook this week: “Trevor Bayliss is cancelling practice sessions after three and a hal...
Tags: England, Cook, Sex, Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, England cricket news, Trevor Bayliss, Jonathan Trott, David Gower, Australia Cricket News, Trott, Liam Dawson, Sarah Ansell Can


England incidents 'blown out of proportion' - Gower

England's off-field incidents in Australia are being "blown out of proportion", former captain David Gower tells BBC Sport.
Tags: England, Australia, Sport, Bbc, David Gower, Gower


The seduction of James Vince, and fear of the dark: more Ashes notes

James Vince is one for the dreamers. He's like a batting version of a Rorschach Test: look at him and tell us what you see... Shimmering possibilities... an indistinct waster... There was a moment during the Adelaide Test, Vince's first delivery of the first innings, facing Mitchell Starc. England were 29-1. Starc had detonated Mark Stoneman with the final delivery of his fourth over, and then Cook played out a maiden from Hazlewood, leaving Vince on strike. Pumped, Starc went full and very fast...
Tags: England, Cook, Australia, Sex, Amsterdam, Brisbane, Adelaide, Michael Carberry, David Gower, Gary Ballance, James Vince, Vince, Stoneman, Hazlewood, Starc, Haseeb Hameed


Ben Stokes: England vice-captain pivotal for the Ashes - David Gower

Cricket legend David Gower says Ben Stokes would have been top of the list to be selected for the Ashes team.
Tags: England, Cricket, Ben Stokes, David Gower


Roll up, roll up for our last ever Twitter round-up on Cricinfo

If there’s one thing we can say for our Twitter round-up column on Cricinfo, it’s that it clung on. But no more. This week’s edition is the last. Of all the cricket writing we’ve done, the Twitter round-up was the strangest. We can’t begin to explain the psychological impact of the trawling and sifting that was required to produce it. You’d also be surprised at just how long it took. Then there was the readership. Normally when we do something that’s even relatively long-running, it builds a gro...
Tags: Twitter, Sex, Ipl, David Gower, Extras, Jimmy Neesham, Cricinfo, Charles Dagnall, Tino Best Umar Akmal


Lawro's predictions: Gower backs Leicester revival

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on former England cricket captain David Gower in this week's Premier League fixture.
Tags: England, Football, Bbc, Leicester, David Gower, Lawro, Mark Lawrenson, Gower


Lawro's predictions: Cricket legend Gower backs Leicester revival

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on former England cricket captain David Gower in this week's Premier League fixture.
Tags: England, Football, Bbc, Leicester, David Gower, Lawro, Mark Lawrenson, Gower


Premier League predictions: Lawro v cricket legend David Gower

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on former England cricket captain David Gower in this week's Premier League fixture.
Tags: England, Football, Bbc, Premier League, David Gower, Lawro, Mark Lawrenson


Lawro's Premier League predictions v former England cricket captain David Gower

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on former England cricket captain David Gower in this week's Premier League fixture.
Tags: England, Football, Bbc, Premier League, David Gower, Lawro, Mark Lawrenson


How did Lawro get on against ex-England cricket captain Gower?

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on former England cricket captain David Gower in this week's Premier League fixture.
Tags: England, Football, Bbc, David Gower, Lawro, Mark Lawrenson, Gower


Liverpool or Arsenal to win this weekend? Gower takes on Lawro

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on former England cricket captain David Gower in this week's Premier League fixture.
Tags: England, Sport, Bbc, Liverpool, David Gower, Lawro, Mark Lawrenson, Gower


Cook and Kohli – captains with and without influence

Oh for a captain who knows what it’s like to win a Test series in India. England have had just one such leader since David Gower triumphed way back in 1984-85. It was, er, Alastair Cook. This probably goes to show that ‘knowing how to win in India’ is just the smallest slice of the equation. England’s tour Set aside the fact that this India side is superior to the defeated 2012 vintage for a moment, it’s interesting to contrast the two England teams. The overwhelming difference lies in the b...
Tags: England, Cook, Sex, India, Uncategorized, Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, David Gower, Virat Kohli, Kohli, Rashid, Nathan Astle


Even if you’re not normally much into this sort of thing…

It’s worth pointing out that David Gower makes an appearance in our latest Cricinfo Twitter round-up. Yes, that’s right – Gower. David Gower. On Twitter. His contribution is every bit as wonderful as you would imagine. Related posts: Breaking Kemar Roach news His daughter’s called Kemaria. It’s okay to laugh because she... Some sort of meaningless century We know what you all think. You think we spend... Money, retirement and a sad day for anyone who mourns lost brews Nobody ever thinks of ...
Tags: Sex, David Gower, Extras, Kemar Roach


England v Australia at Old Trafford match report

We went to the fifth one-day international between England and Australia. Cricket-wise, it was your quintessential damp squib, even if the weather was a beautifully sunny, warm, dry squib. The paper wallet in which the tickets arrived promised music, action and cricket, in that order. We assumed this was a reference to Old Trafford also hosting live music events, but as it turned out it was a fairly accurate description of the entertainment on offer on the day. We saw David Gower striding acro...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Dave, Match Report, Alex, Stockport, Tom Moody, David Gower, Macclesfield, Mitch Marsh, Nasser Hussain, Ged Ladd


England’s dodgy drivers dobbled by deadly Dasun

The received wisdom is that you don’t get wickets in Test cricket with dibbly-dobbly medium-pace. This is actually entirely accurate – but only because nobody picks dibbly-dobbly medium-pacers for Tests. The truth is that dibbly-dobbly is tough for Test batsmen. Their net bowlers are 85mph, their bowling machines are 85mph. They’re grooved. They expect a certain pace and length and when it’s not quite fast-medium and nor is it spin, they like to edge it. Dasun Shanaka purveys dibbly-dobbly mediu...
Tags: England, Sex, Alastair Cook, Joe Root, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Paul Collingwood, Ben Stokes, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, David Gower, Nick Compton, James Vince, Ajit Agarkar, Dasun Shanaka


Art or Science?: Martin Crowe (1962-2016)

Cricket, and the world, and the cricket world, move on so quickly that it already feels a little late to be posting something about Martin Crowe. I wrote this piece last weekend and offered it to ESPN Cricinfo. They haven't replied, so it feels like it's time to post it here.Martin Crowe was one of my very favourite batsmen of all, and I don't think he quite received the recognition he deserved during his career. It's a well-observed phenomenon in all kinds of areas of human activity that whe...
Tags: England, India, Rugby Union, New Zealand, Wellington, Kane Williamson, Auckland, Somerset, Richie Benaud, David Gower, Tom Graveney, Malcolm Marshall, Graeme Smith, Taunton, Jeff, Crowe


Sylvester Clarke: Unforgiven

Steve Waugh could feel the will of his Somerset team-mates "disintegrating" a full week before it happened. By the time the players were getting changed for the game, "half of them were out already". When Waugh himself went to the crease he faced "the most awkward and nastiest spell" of his career.He described the experience as "something you can't prepare for. It's an assault both physically and mentally and the moment you weaken and think about what might happen, you're either out or injured.....
Tags: Florida, England, South Africa, Clarke, Surrey, Simon Hughes, West Indies, Somerset, Graham Gooch, Oval, Geoffrey Boycott, Steve Waugh, Graham Thorpe, David Gower, Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall


The New Era: player by player

England's new era is so new that its landscape shifted not just day by day but session by session during the series loss to Sri Lanka, a nation destined to be forever underestimated here. Their intent was obvious from the moment Kumar Sangakkara arrived early to play for Durham. Here was an object lesson from a man with a Test match average of 58: never settle, never get comfortable. Durham was uncomfortable, and cold. He appeared briefly on Sky, swaddled in more knitwear than Christmas, and dul...
Tags: England, Cook, Australia, India, Sydney, Downton, Yorkshire, Clarke, Ecb, Gillespie, Johnson, Kevin Pietersen, Peter Moores, Sri Lanka, Paul Downton, Jason Gillespie


Alastair Cook: the [relative] evil of banality

Nine thousand runs, 27 hundreds, 114 caps; more runs and more centuries than any other Englishman, the eternal Gooch eclipsed... We must start to consider the greatness of Alastair Cook: the stats alone demand it.It feels strange to do so, because Cook is so evidently only part-way through his time as a Test match batsman and few players make such a demand at such a stage. It's also strange because Cook is not obviously great in the way that Richards or Lara or Tendulkar or Ponting or any other ...
Tags: Cook, India, David Beckham, Brisbane, Adelaide, Ecb, Birmingham, Warner, Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Scholes, David Gower, Kolkata, Gayle, Graeme Smith, Pietersen


On England's elimination from the World Cup

Whenever a team underperforms in a big tournament, a master narrative of the reasons for failure follows. In England’s case, it is clear. It runs along two axes. First, England’s team management relied excessively on ‘analytics’ to run tactics, selection and strategy. Second, England’s brand of ODI cricket lags one cricketing generation behind today’s top teams. This reference is to England’s batting. Here is a list of number pairs. The first number is a batsman’s average and the second is st...
Tags: England, Australia, India, South Africa, Sydney, New Zealand, Maxwell, Clarke, Smith, Joe Root, Peter Moores, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Swann, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales