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Tony Bishop

The Answer is 42

If the question is "How many years on average between sides following on and winning in test cricket?". ENG have done it twice, most famously in Botham's Ashes.

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Tony Bishop

Doubling up: what happened to the young high achievers?

Zak Crawley the third youngest English double centurion ever. Yesterday Zak Crawley's immaculate 267 made him England's 3rd youngest test double centurion at 22 years and 201 days. He is the 13th youngest in test cricket overall. For those who delight in test match trivia, his was the highest ever test innings to end with a stumping, so congratulations also to Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan for their footnote in test history!.

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Do leggies on day one turn into match success?

Do Pakistan need an extra bowler? It's been tough going for Yasir in Englands first dig. Led by Zak Crawley's maiden Test match hundred, England have put themselves in a very strong position of 332-4 following the first day's play against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl. The cool, calm Crawley was full value for his 171*, looking busy and assertive at the crease to punish any loose Pakistan bowling and compile his highest First-Class score to date.

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The Guerillas

The tail of the tape: how good are England at bowling to the lower order?

Englands woes with the tail continue. Having made good inroads into the Pakistan top-order, England would have been confident of removing their opponents for a sub-200 score as they were reduced to 120-5 and 138-6. However, smart work by the tail – and in particular Mohammad Rizwan (60*) – has seen the visitors move to 223-9, almost doubling their score from when the point at which they lost their fifth wicket.

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Tony Bishop

Jimmy Jimmy. John Lennon or Van Morrison?

Everybody's flying and no one leaves the ground Everybody's crying and no one makes a sound Nobody told me there'd be days like these Strange days Indeed. Nobody told me: John Lennon. Nobody told me there'd be days like these. We all have bad days. You're not feeling quite right and you don't know why. Your tea is cold, your egg tastes off and your partner's shouting at you and you have no idea why. Things go from bad to worse and the harder you try, the worse they become and the grumpier you get.

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Nakul Pande

ENG v WI selection roundup: don't compromise a strength to cover a weakness

Can Stokes & crew get back into the groove after the COVID hiatus against the West Indies?. Both teams go into the first Test at Southampton with the majority of the XI inked in, and even though both very definitely have superior bowling attacks to batting lineups, as ever it's the bowlers where ink is replaced by light pencil. At this stage, a couple of days out from the big bio-secure bang, here's how the XIs and the options to complete them stand.

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Nakul Pande

Perfect picks and silly selections: how the 2020 IPL franchises could get It right, or get it very, very wrong

Having exhaustively live tweeted the IPL auction, Nakul now gives you his opinions of the outcome of those buys. Mumbai Indians – winners of the 2019 edition of the IPL. The horse-trading, gavel-wielding and paddle-waggling is done. The fast and furious IPL auction, which Guerilla Cricket live-tweeted from start to finish, is done, and the eight franchises have their squads in place. But who they got is only part of the story – the question now is what they do with them. As we've seen throughout the history of cricket, selectors and captains don't always get it right, and in a tournament with such a curious mix of hard-edged analytics, overly intrusive marketing and emotions worn on sleeves as the IPL, there are plenty of ways for franchises to get it wrong.

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Words vs actions – why cricket in Australia still has a long way to go.

Messy Jez Tells us the view from a baking Australia and the effects of increasing temperatures on our beloved summer sport. It's only getting hotter the world over, what now for cricket?. Welcome to Summer in Perth. It's Summer here in Perth. It gets hot – it always has, and there is no doubt that it's getting hotter, and will continue to do so. Tomorrow, 12 December 2019, is a historic day for cricket in Western Australia. It will be the start of Perth's first ever Day/Night Test Match, against New Zealand. It is to be played at the new Burswood Stadium, which has replaced the much-loved, but woefully inadequate, WACA ground as the home of major cricket matches in Perth.

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Annie Chave

From conflict to cricket: a story of Kent Cricket Club, Sierra Leone

Annie Chave gives the low down on the inspiring rise of cricket in Sierra Leone. Kent Cricket Club. With our country currently engaged in one of the most divisive and unnecessary political battles in its history and our cricket fan-base similarly divided over ways to progress the game, it feels like an appropriate time to step away from our self-imposed turmoil and look at a wonderful story developing about a cricket club in a country that has been through some of the most horrific hardships humanity can endure.

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Alex Hales to star in the CPL

Tasneem Summer Khan grabs an interview with Alex Hales after he's picked up by the CPL. Alex Hales: Making the best of things as a first round pick at the CPL.

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