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Cricket's all-time alphabetical 'R' Team

With the pairs of Richards (and sons) and Russells, as well as other high quality players, the ‘R’ Team is perhaps best described as ‘light heavyweight”’– strong and powerful but just below a few of the others. Still, this is a very strong team.

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Cricket's All Time K Team

With some of the composite teams coming up, we are now past the half way mark of this marathon. To date, the B Team and the H Team are the stand outs and it’s fair to say that they won’t be challenged by the K Team.

Gareth Widdop to the Dragons.

The best and worst NRL buys of the decade

If we extend to eSports, the King of Kong is legendary.

My ten greatest sporting documentaries

The Dirtiest Race in History was the 1988 100m final doc.

My ten greatest sporting documentaries

Longest Yard is ok.

My ten greatest sporting documentaries

Rocky
The Hustler
The Longest Yard
Roller Derby
Bad News Bears
Fighting with my family

My ten greatest sporting documentaries

“Not even Jack Nicholson could make that putt”

My ten greatest sporting documentaries

So they should. They had Pele, Ossie and Bobby Moore.

My ten greatest sporting documentaries

Hmm… looks like he spat the dummy as soon as the finger went up.

Fourth-innings chases: The '80s saga

Former players are all too compromised by divided loyalties.

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

It’s very Sydney isn’t it. Crony central.

Just look at the SCG Trust.

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

47 seconds of sitting on the fence!

Ashes for me. No contest that I would prefer never to have lost the Ashes than never to have won the WC.

Winning the Ashes vs World Cup: What's bigger?

Indeed. Singlehandedly erased the first innings deficit.

It’s a bit like Headingley 1981 in reverse – everyone remembers Botham’s gem but Willis 8/43 in the chase barely gets a mention.

Fourth-innings chases: The '80s saga

No he didn’t. I think he had the record for most Test runs without a ton until Warne beat his total.

Fourth-innings chases: The '80s saga

That MCG Test v India was also famous for Sunny’s monumental dummy spit where after being LBW to Lillee and he was so disgusted that he tried to take Chauan off the field.
He was met at the boundary by the team manager (can’t recall his name) who happily had a cooler head and sent Chauan back to the middle.

Fourth-innings chases: The '80s saga

Of course, if we are talking about the 80s, there is always this failed run chase which really started it all…

http://www.howstat.com/cricket/Statistics/Matches/MatchScorecard.asp?MatchCode=0009

Fourth-innings chases: The '80s saga

I think that was his last ton.

Fourth-innings chases: The '80s saga

The Windies chase in 1984 was one for the ages. It also represented the high point in Ian Botham’s career. As I wrote in in the commentary on my All Time B team:

Before that innings, Botham’s career stood at 69 Tests, 4,019 runs at 38 and 295 wickets at 25 – comfortably comparable with Imran.

For the remaining 33 Tests and 8 years of his career he limped out 88 wickets at 38 and 1200 runs at 25 – comfortably comparable with Chris Lewis.

Fourth-innings chases: The '80s saga

Huh? The 2006/7 Ashes was won of the great team performances of all time.
5 batsmen over 300 runs, 4 bowlers over 20 wickets. Only 12 players used the whole series.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

He got enough to be driven to despair!

Aussie batsmen I could watch all day

There’s a couple of examples here…

Aussie batsmen I could watch all day

Remember his cover drives on one knee? Thrilling stuff. He did a few during the 1980 Lords Centenary Test which was the first time I watched late night cricket as an 8 year old.

Aussie batsmen I could watch all day

Look at matth, he’s done the same article 20+ times by only changing one letter! 😁

States can shape cricket captaincy debate

Welcome to sports websites in the age of Corona Virus.

States can shape cricket captaincy debate

Botham was comfortably both for the first half of his career. After his 51st Test (out of 103) he was averaging 38 with the bat (with 11 tons) and 23 with the ball which is comparable to Miller’s 58 Test career.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Are these the top 5 you’ve seen, or are you going back further than that?

Would have thought that Aminul Islam’s 145 in the first ever Bangladesh Test would be up there.

My top five Test knocks by Bangladeshi batsman