The Whitaker's Quiz of the Year: Round 8 - Sport

1. David Beckham retired from  professional football in May, but  for which team did he make his  last appearance?

Steven Finn has not played a Test since Trent Bridge at the start of the summer

Steve Finn feels he is close to life in the fast lane again

England bowler has fallen off the radar since tinkering with his run-up but says he is almost back to his best

Shane Watson trudges off after the fall of his wicket in the Third Test

Ashes 2013/14: Shane Watson’s flat-footed dismissal typical of a batsman for whom there is a yawning gulf between his performance and his potential

The Aussie Angle: No one promises more nor falls short so often. He is Australia’s biggest tease

Simpson on the way to compiling a century for England against Australia in the fifth Test at Melbourne in 1950

Reg Simpson: Batsman for England and Nottinghamshire whose swashbuckling style helped brighten the postwar years

In the postwar years of austerity there were few more attractive sights in English cricket than the Nottinghamshire batsman Reg Simpson. With a quick eye and the natural gift of timing he developed a back-foot technique that seemed to give him more time than anyone else against the fast bowlers. If they bowled bouncers he swayed effortlessly out of the way. If they pitched it up he drove them elegantly. Always he played with a positive spirit, prepared to embrace risk in pursuit of victory.

England batsman Gary Ballance looks to be the favourite to replace the departed Jonathan Trott after hitting a half-century in the warm-up match against an Australian Chairman's XI

Ashes 2013-14: No 6 place remains hanging in the Ballance for England

England toiled in the heat against the Cricket Chairman’s XI

Michael Clarke and James Anderson

Ashes 2013-14: A sledge too far - is it time to declare an end to such hostilities following the departure of Jonathan Trott?

A guy threatening another guy with physical violence – I think it’s just not cricket, not the cricket I grew up loving

Stuart Broad of England shows the ball to the crowd after dismissing Mitchell Johnson of Australia during day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba

Ashes 2013-14: Was baiting Stuart Broad the stupidest recent decision by Australia?

'Operation Broad', designed to unsettle the England paceman, backfired spectacularly on the first day

Former England batsman Graeme Hick has warned the tourists that they face a much stiffer challenge in this year's Ashes Series

The Ashes 2013-14: Graeme Hick, the batsman who eluded greatness...

Australian batting coach is a warning to England’s new boys

Stuart Broad kisses the urn

The Ashes: Stuart Broad rubbishes Darren Lehmann claims - and says England could have won series 5-0

The Australia coach suggested the tourists could have won a couple of Tests

Jos Buttler hits out against Australia in Cardiff

England vs Australia ODI: Anything is possible for Jos Buttler the fearless

Series still to play for after another thrilling innings from England’s fastest run-maker

Matthew Hoggard after taking the wicket of Matthew Hayden at Lord’s in the 2005 Ashes series

Matthew Hoggard retires: He took 248 wickets – and hit one amazing four

There is plenty to remember Matthew Hoggard for. The hat-trick at Bridgetown in 2004 springs quickly to mind. The magnificent spell of swing bowling the following year in Johannesburg, which came from nowhere and won a Test match, would be on anybody's list of decisive interventions.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the mainstay of the Derbyshire second innings

Cool Chanderpaul gives Derbyshire hope

After the first match of England’s one-day international series against Australia at Headingley was declared a washout yesterday afternoon, it was left to the County Championship to fill centre stage.  A deluge  overnight and throughout the morning meant that the likelihood of any play was quickly dashed, with the sides due to reconvene at Old Trafford tomorrow.

Eoin Morgan will captain England's one-day side in Ireland

England to play India in rapid-fire five Test series in Summer 2014

As Morgan’s ODI side head to Ireland, ECB confirms contest which could decide No 1 status

Alex Hales misses century but relishes his 20 overs of fame as England comfortably beat Australia

England comfortably square series as Twenty20 specialist hits 94 and Dernbach shines with ball

Ryan Harris acknowledges the crowd after taking 7 wickets

Australia seamer Ryan Harris in battle to be fit for next Ashes series

The bowler is out for two months with a hamstring problem

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