Investec Ashes 2013 July 25, 2013

England players quick on the draw

ESPNcricinfo staff

England's cricketers have been quick on the draw this year - and not just against Australia.

When they have had time to spare they have also been experimenting with portraits of each other in aid of three of English cricket's most prominent charities - and the results are quite striking.

Joe Root, whose 180 was a major factor in England's thumping win against Australia in the second Investec Test at Lord's, has also found time during his Test duties to knock up an appealing sketch of Ian Bell.

As Bell has scored hundreds in both the first two Tests, it is a fair bet that Australia's bowlers must visualise him as slightly more threatening than Root does. He drew on memories of his A level in art at Worksop College to present Bell as a respectful, inoffensive figure with hands placed formally behind his back.

The camaraderie between James Anderson and Graeme Swann has often been seen in mischievous jokes about each other in media conferences. Now that mickey-taking has been captured artistically with characteristically humorous doodles of each other.

Other appealing efforts are Steve Finn's sketch of a Stuart Broad's bowling action, somewhat more languid and unorthodox than Broad might feel it appears in real life, and a mass of facial hair which, naturally enough, turns out to be Matt Prior.

England tested their artistic prowess on the tour of New Zealand earlier in the year. Regretfully, that meant they could not turn their talents on Australia, who might have found cartoons of their lowest moments as they have slipped 2-0 down in the Ashes series a bit hard to take.

Cricket fans - we have shied away from saying art collectors - now have a chance to bid for the original portraits cricket fans will get the chance to bid for the original portraits.

The auction will last for 10 days with all proceeds going to Cricket United - a joint fundraising appeal by The Lord's Taverners, Chance to Shine and the PCA Benevolent Fund which aims to leave lasting benefits from the 2013 Investec Ashes series.

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  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    They were going to do pics of the Aussies, too, but they haven't had a long enough look at any of the batsmen to do them justice. So, it didn't seem fair to single out the bowlers.

  • Jason on July 27, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Having looked at the drawings ans some of the prices its easy to see who are the most prized (Jimmy A and Swanny) from the fans/collectors, as their works are currently leading the bids.

    It all goes to a good cause so I wish them well, although I dont think Cookie should give up the day job to be an Artist.

  • John on July 26, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Brilliant stuff guys. I like Bell's sense of humour re his portrait of Finn.

    Thought Nick and Monty's efforts of each other reeked of retaliation.

    Jimmy's effort on Swann I think is trying to say that he may be Jimmy Hill's lovechild.

    Thought one of the most realistic portraits was Tremlett of Onions

    Tim Bresnan - Stick to the cricket mate

    @Marty17 on (July 26, 2013, 7:58 GMT) click on the blue "original portraits" bit in the story

  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Ha ha! Nice to see a lighter side in the midst of the biggest contest of all.

  • Dan on July 26, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Is it Broad's bowling action or is he lying down relaxing? Can we DRS it?

  • Allan on July 26, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Little bit concerned that whilst Aussie batsman are training and playing hard in an attempt to find form the England players are scribbling pictures of each other. Hope this complaceny does not comeback to bite us.

  • Andrew on July 26, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Brilliant idea. Well done England!

  • Ian on July 26, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Tremlett's drawing of Onions looks like something out of Viz!

  • Mark on July 26, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Oh dear, the picture of Broad by Finn is of him lying down, you have it 90 degrees the wrong way round!

  • Nicholas on July 26, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Ha ha - Joe Root is quite the little artist! I think my favourite is 'Chris Woakes, by Joe Root'. Good stuff - I hope they raise loads of money £$£$£.

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