Cook’s captaincy v Clarke’s captaincy and The Summer of Bell

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We’re a bit behind with our nagging reminders to listen to episodes of our podcast about the 2013 Ridiculous Ashes. So consider yourself nagged and reminded to listen to episode three (about the third Test) and also episode four (about the fourth Test).

These are the last episodes before the inevitable annual autumnal wave of back-to-school viruses left us sounding rather sinussy for the fifth Test, so make the most of them.

If you don’t entirely remember the 2013 series because it was almost immediately pushed out of your head by the 2013/14 Ridiculous Ashes then you may need reminding that the third Test was a rain-affected draw that secured the conventional, non-ridiculous Ashes for England. It was noteworthy for the return of David Warner after lamping Joe Root in Walkabout, a pair of Michael Clarke declarations and the largely-forgotten and hugely under-rated sequel to Stuart Broad Not Walking, which was Stuart Broad Walking. Alastair Cook’s captaincy gets a fair bit of attention too.

The fourth Test, an England win, was also quite Broady – this time via a rapid clatter of wickets on day five. It is also the Ridiculous Test in which we finally deploy our Summer of Bell nomination. (Ian Bell sherminated Australia in this series with a hundred in each of England’s three victories.)

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    1. “Fakhar drills it through the covers” being the highlight. I almost dropped my bowl of gulab jamun and ice cream.

  1. I’m a bit undecided as to what constitutes peak Ian Bell, being the best player in the worst ashes series in living memory or getting out for 199.

    I liked him he was a fixture throughout the best English side of my lifetime. He a was pretty player, he could catch.

    On the other hand he supports Coventry and his favourite drink is Carling .

  2. For those who like their match reports King Cricket style as well as (or rather than) Ridiculous Ashes style, I have just reread my report from the fourth test:

    The Charley The Gent/Nigel Father Barry/Aggers story is arguably more ridiculous than any of the winners of coveted RA points. I can say that even before listening to the Ridiculous Ashes Part Four..

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