We’re pitting an England XI comprising the players we invested in the most against an Antagonists XI using International Cricket Captain’s ‘All Time Greats’ mode.
Day one was a colossal and predictable catastrophe for England.
Australia resume on 50-1.
Jimmy Anderson opens the bowling and Matthew Hayden hits him for four.
Steve Harmison bowls to Ricky Ponting at the other end.
Harmy appeals for LBW against Hayden but it pitched about a foot outside leg. That pretty much sums up where we are with his game.
After a flurry of fours from the batsmen, Ponting nicks Jimmy to slip.
Steve Smith is next man in and HARMISON KNOCKS OUT HIS MIDDLE STUMP FOR 1.
There’s something about being really, really, incredibly defeatist about a cricket match that makes the exciting moments 100 per cent more exciting.
Steve Waugh is next man in. This is an okay batting line-up.
Harmison appeals for LBW against him, but it’s missing leg by plenty. Think Steve’s a bit giddy.
Hayden pummels five fours in two overs but then Jimmy swings one through the gate. Middle stump again!
Look how sad he is.
Jimmy Anderson clean bowling Matthew Hayden and Matthew Hayden looking all downbeat and despondent about it. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. [Continues laughing until the autumn of 2026.]
That was a good start to the day.
Damien Martyn comes in.
The rest of the session goes less brilliantly and at lunch, the scores are level.
With two right-handers at the crease, Panesar continues, but neither he nor Anderson threaten.
Time for some reverse swing. Gough comes on to bowl at the base of the stumps. He gets Martyn caught and bowled for 47.
Reverse swing? Adam Gilchrist? Flintoff comes back on. Second ball is a thick edge, but safe.
Gilchrist hits Gough for three fours in an over. Oh yeah, this is how it goes, isn’t it? We’d sort of forgotten.
Flintoff has conceded a few and he’s getting tired. With seven overs to go until the new ball, Panesar comes back on.
Gilchrist reaches his 50 off 49 balls.
The new ball becomes available in the final over before tea. Harmison takes it and gets Gilly LBW for 62.
Jimmy’s back. Again. He bowls Mitchell Johnson.
Shane Warne flays a bunch of fours. Steve Waugh reaches his hundred.
Fred bowls some short stuff and then slips in a full one to get Waugh for 112.
Jason Gillespie tries to loft Panesar to the boundary and somehow inside-edges him for six.
Flintoff bowls Warne and then gets Glenn McGrath LBW next ball.
England trail by 227. In the unlikely event they can get past that, Fred’ll be on a hat-trick.
Change of innings
There’s 20-odd minutes to go.
Mike Atherton and Marcus Trescothick are the openers.
Three fours are hit and England end the day 19-0.
Join us tomorrow for day three.