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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


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


What is Jos Buttler’s main skill?

Jos Buttler (via ECB YouTube) Jos Buttler’s main skill is making sure that when he walks out to bat he accesses being in his zone… apparently. Because those are not our words. Those are the words of Jos Buttler himself. According to Cricinfo, he reckons: “The main skill, and the biggest one that I do well when I’m at my best, is making sure that when I walk out to bat I access being in my zone, whether I’ve been waiting for six hours or just have a 10-minute turnaround in a ...
Tags: England, Sex, Shane Warne, England cricket news, Jos Buttler, Peter Siddle, Cricinfo


How good a six was the sliced six in Moeen Ali’s 11-ball 39 against South Africa?

Moeen Ali sliced six (via YouTube) Moeen Ali hit four sixes in England’s last ball victory over South Africa in Durban. Because he’s Moeen Ali and hasn’t even heard of ugly batting, each and every one of them was a languid, spaghetti-armed thing of wonder. In all, Moeen hit seven lovely boundaries in his 11-ball innings. Being as the last of those 11 deliveries resulted in his dismissal, this means that Moeen hit 70 per cent of his non-terminal shots for a lovely boundary, whic...
Tags: England, Sex, South Africa, England cricket news, Kfc, Moeen Ali, Durban, Danny Dyer, Moeen, Bob Ross


England have got a plan for Jonny Bairstow: keep him guessing

Jonny Bairstow (via Sky Sports) As a parent, we’re a great believer in setting unclear boundaries. Keeps ’em guessing, doesn’t it? You don’t want to make things too easy for them. The way you do this is that you ensure you’re as inconsistent as possible. Let your children do something some of the time, but then every now and again give them an absolute bollocking for doing the exact same thing. It seems harsh, but it’s a great lesson in psychology and how the world works. Ot...
Tags: England, Sex, England cricket news, Jonny Bairstow


Eoin Morgan wants to catapult England forward – but is that wise?

Eoin Morgan (via YouTube) In some ways it was hard to know what year it was. Playing their first one-day international since winning the World Cup, England made 258-8 and were then conspicuously short of weirdness in the middle overs with the ball. The difference is that this was day one of a project to build a new side for the next World Cup, rather than a limp performance in the group stages of the same competition. You’d trust Eoin Morgan to work out what is and isn’t going...
Tags: England, Sex, Eoin Morgan, England cricket news, Morgan


In praise of the Stuart Broad hook shot

There are great batsmen and there are great shots. Then there is the greatest batsman of all (Stuart Broad) and his greatest shot of all (the hook). At this point in his career, Broad’s batting is all but flawless. Measured in conventional terms, it is of course massively flawed – but measured in entertainment terms, the most seismic of those flaws actually translate into enormous strengths. Combining sweetly-timed drives with no defence whatsoever, there is a spiderweb frag...
Tags: Sex, Stuart Broad, England cricket news, Broad, Watch Broad


Five lost England Test cricketers of the 2010s

Haseeb Hameed (via YouTube) In another universe, these five cricketers are the backbone of the England Test team. A handful of players make it in Test cricket. Others get picked and aren’t good enough. Then there are the weird ones; the ones who get a few games, look the business and then for some weird reason or another disappear again when you were absolutely convinced that they’d become fixtures in the side. Here are five players who seemed for all the world like they we...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, India, New Zealand, Nottinghamshire, James Taylor, Stuart Broad, Taylor, Kevin Pietersen, Jimmy Anderson, Lancashire, England cricket news, Trevor Bayliss, James Anderson, Steven Finn


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


You probably want to talk about Mark Wood or something

Mark Wood (ECB) This feels like a match where we would normally write a nice uplifting piece about Mark Wood. Unfortunately, we are midway through writing a lengthy, downpressing (we suppose you could use the word ‘depressing’ if you were so inclined) piece about Jos Buttler. Actually, it’s not depressing (or downpressing). It’s more neutral. So stay tuned for that, folks. Sign up for our email so you don’t miss a nice neutral article about a guy you’ve just read 20 highly impa...
Tags: Sex, England cricket news, Mark Wood, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood Stuart Broad


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 ...
Tags: England, Sex, Bbc, Netflix, England cricket news, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Bairstow, Port Elizabeth, Joe Denly, Denly, Bairstow Joe Denly


Mark Wood is playing The Entertain Yourselves Test

You’ll have noticed that the site’s been a bit quiet this week and we’re afraid it’ll continue to be quiet throughout this Test. Sorry about that, but we’re figuratively tied up at the minute. Can you talk amongst yourselves until we’re back? Preview-wise, this Test will be another without Jimmy Anderson. We wrote about that once and we still feel exactly the same. Jimmy’s absence is becoming a more common thing and we can only presume that he’s deliberately trying to sof...
Tags: England, Sex, South Africa, England cricket news, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Jimmy, Dorian Grey, Jimmy Anderson We


England are nicking all your best ideas and parroting them back to you

Many people – women in particular – will be familiar with that guy at work who ignores your great idea before repeating it back to you some weeks later as if it’s his own. There’s a bit of that about the England cricket team. How many years has everyone been saying that the batsmen need to leave better and see the shine off the ball? England disagreed. They wanted to be positive. Then in New Zealand late last year they announced they’d come up with this mad new plan where they’d...
Tags: England, Sex, New Zealand, England cricket news, Kodi


Did you see Dom Sibley’s face when Zak Crawley palmed that catch straight up?

The image above is Zak Crawley not-quite-catching Anrich Nortje a split second before catching Anrich Nortje. It was a very fun moment because these kinds of parried catches always are. We’ve done a thing about them for Cricket 365. Please go and read it. If you want proof of how exciting parried catches are, just look at Dom Sibley’s face. Dom Sibley seems to have quite an expressive face. We hope Dom Sibley’s face has a long and distinguished Test career. Re...
Tags: Sex, England cricket news, Alex Hales, Ricky Ponting, Virat Kohli, Dom Sibley, Keaton Jennings, Zak Crawley, Anrich Nortje, Did you see


Why ‘overnight’ is such an important part of a five-day Test match

Whenever a Test is decided late on the fifth day, there’s much talk about how that kind of tension and excitement wouldn’t happen with four-day Tests. It’s half true. This is why. If you move a deadline, you don’t negate it. Even if a Test match has no fifth day, there’s still a final day. A four-day Test rules out tense fifth day finishes, but it also creates more opportunities for teams to fight for a draw where they would otherwise have been steamrollered given more playin...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, South Africa, England cricket news


Rory Burns and Dom Sibley could be one of the all-time great aesthetically displeasing opening partnerships

Dom Sibley (via Sky Sports) We have this theory that the more ungainly and awkward a new Test batsman looks, the more likely he is to succeed. Our reasoning is that if you’ve made it to the highest level looking as awful as that, you can only be a highly effective run-scorer. Some batsmen are given a bit of extra credit. Unfurl a smooth cover drive and you can guarantee that someone, somewhere will say that you have “a touch of class” about you. “Class” is for the most part...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, South Africa, Smith, England cricket news, Rory Burns, Shane Watson, Graeme Smith, Burns, Sibley, Rory Kleinveldt, Alviro Petersen, Dom Sibley, Simon Katich, Katich


Joe Denly is here to play a whole inconclusive career

Joe Denly was a weird selection, but since he was first picked, he’s done enough to stay in the team. Just about. Denly’s given us spectacular catches and spectacular drops, but the defining feature of his Test career is an incredible ability to score barely enough runs to survive. We’re actually rather starting to enjoy it. In the 2019 Boxing Day Test, Denly top scored in England’s first innings, making 50 after being dropped on nought. For a while, we thought this ...
Tags: England, Sex, England cricket news, Joe Denly, Denly


Yes, football is kind of an arsehole, but we can’t really blame it for injuring our cricketers

Jonny Bairstow risking HIS WHOLE PRECIOUS GODDAMN LIFE by kicking a football (via YouTube) A cricketer misses an England game because he twisted his ankle in training. So far, so unremarkable. A cricketer misses an England game because he twisted his ankle playing football in training. BAN FOOTBALL! Way back in 2009, Joe Denly knackered something-or-other while playing football with his England team-mates and management did indeed decide to ban football. At the time, it seemed like England’...
Tags: England, Sex, England cricket news, Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dan, Rob Key


Four-day Test matches diminish the epic scale that is the format’s greatest strength

Hurray! Four-day Tests! They’re much the same as five-day Tests, only with the unique selling point somewhat compromised. Who can fail to support an idea as clear and appealing as that one? People are too busy There’s often talk about how Tests should be four days, not five – and some of them are these days. There are reasons why it makes sense (having all Tests start on the same day of the week is quite a good one) but the most common argument seems to be that everyone’s much busier the...
Tags: Sex, England cricket news


The real highlights of the 2019 Boxing Day Tests

Festivus (CC licensed by R Crap Mariner via Flickr) For clarity and brevity: yes, this is the through-the-Boxing-Day-Tests thread. This article will (probably) be updated (semi) regularly as the South Africa v England and Australia v New Zealand matches progress. Remember The Real Ghostbusters? The Real Ghostbusters was a cartoon series they did after the original Ghostbusters film. The Real Ghostbusters was a great and valuable thing because The Real Ghostbusters Magazine...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, South Africa, New Zealand, Bill Murray, Jimmy Anderson, England cricket news, Australia Cricket News, Centurion, Neil Wagner, Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Dan Ackroyd, Jofra Archer, Carpathians