Test Match Special Podcast

Test Match Special Podcast

By BBC Radio 5 live

Insight and analysis from the Test Match Special team – including interviews with some of the biggest names in the game, PLUS Alex Hartley and Kate Cross’ ‘No Balls’.


No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - live from the desert!

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley are in the Middle East for a pre-season training tour. All the gossip from the trip plus a special catch-up with Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson.
15/03/23·36m 14s

Bangladesh prevent England ODI series clean sweep

Steve Crossman is joined by Phil Tufnell and Steven Finn after England lost the third one-day international against Bangladesh, but won the series 2-1. They discuss the state of England's ODI squad as they look to defend their title at the Cricket World Cup in India later this year. They also look at England's test form over the winter and that incredible finish to the Wellington test in their series against New Zealand - how may it impact this summer's Ashes? And the panel discuss the Women's Premier League after the inaugural series got underway on Saturday.
06/03/23·46m 49s

New Zealand win one of the all time great Test matches.

England and New Zealand shared the 2 match Test series; tied one apiece, after an enthralling match at the Basin Reserve. England just failed to get across the line and New Zealand won the match after being forced to follow on, which is something that has only happened three times before in Test cricket. Jonathan Agnew tells the outstanding story of the final day with contributions from BBC chief cricket writer Stephan Shemilt and former England bowler Steven Finn. We also hear from England captain Ben Stokes, England coach Brendon McCullum and New Zealand bowler Neil Wagner. We also have time to hear from Isle of Man international Joe Burrows after they were bowled out for just 10 runs, the lowest ever score in men’s t20 cricket.
28/02/23·38m 35s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - World Cup review!

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley look back on the knockout stages of the T20 World Cup as Australia win for a sixth time. Plus, Kate tells us about a truly horrible paint colour.
27/02/23·23m 21s

England chasing runs in Wellington for a series win

Jonathan Agnew, Former England bowler Steve Finn and Chief Cricket Writer, Stephan Shemilt discuss whether England can wrap up a win and the series in New Zealand. Kane Williamson became the highest run scorer in test cricket for the home side whilst making 132, before he lost his wicket to Harry Brook, which signalled a collapse. We also hear from Jack Leach who took 5 wickets. On top of that we get a review from South Africa on the women's world T20 tournament and an interview with a member of the winning Australian side, Ash Gardner.
27/02/23·36m 20s

England made to work hard after New Zealand follow on

New Zealand will start the 4th day of the second test in Wellington following on with a score of 202-3, still 24 runs behind. Despite a blistering knock from New Zealand captain Tim Southee, at the start of day three, England were able to make them bat again. First innings total of 209 was 226 runs behind. But a follow on fight back led by openers Devon Conway and Tom Latham, frustrated England and although they finally got their breakthrough in the final session they still have a lot of work to do in order to win the test. Correspondent Jonathan Agnew, Chief Cricket Writer Stephan Shemilt and former England bowler Steven Finn look back at the day. We also hear from the coach of England’s women team, Jon Lewis after their semifinal defeat in the World T20 in South Africa.
26/02/23·35m 41s

England pile more pressure on New Zealand

Joe Root made an unbeaten 153 as England declared their first innings before lunch on the second day of the second test in Wellington. They made 435 for 8 and then reduced New Zealand to 138-7 by the close. Correspondent Jonathan Agnew, former England bowler Steve Finn and Chief Cricket writer Stephan Shemilt talk about England again totally dominating a rain reduced day at the Basin Reserve. They discuss how the home side are struggling to cope with Ben Stoke’s team. Joe Root explains how important it was for him to score a big innings again whilst in South Africa, captain Heather Knight talks to us after England were knocked out of the women’s t20 World Cup, losing to the hosts in the semi-final.
25/02/23·38m 7s

NZ v Eng 2nd Test day: More runs and records for Harry Brook and England in Wellington.

Harry Brook and Joe Root led England to another excellent day as the second test against New Zealand got underway in Wellington. Despite being put into bat and being 21-3, the Yorkshire pair have dominated the home side's bowling attack, both scoring unbeaten centuries at the Basin Reserve to close on 315-3. Jonathan Agnew, Steven Finn and Stephan Shemilt have the story of the day. We hear from Harry Brook on what he’s achieved so far and the next personal record he now has his eyes firmly set on. Plus Katherine and Nat Sciver-Brunt from the England women’s camp ahead of their world t20 cup semi-final.
24/02/23·33m 36s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - time for the semis!

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley discuss record-breaking scores, breakout stars and the T20 World Cup semi-finals! Plus, more reflections on the franchise opportunities coming up.
22/02/23·38m 50s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - World Cup wins and WPL auction drama

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley discuss England's strong start to the T20 World Cup. Plus, a full breakdown of the WPL auction and how it's changed the women's game forever.
15/02/23·34m 8s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Never knowingly under-bowled

England Women's coach Jon Lewis is the guest live from South Africa ahead of the T20 World Cup! Also, Alex has a very bold pair of new shoes...
09/02/23·36m 43s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - how do you cut your sandwiches?

Cricketers Kate Cross & Alex Hartley are back to discuss India's win at the U19 World Cup, and a surprise omission from South Africa's squad. There's also time for plenty of icks!
01/02/23·36m 58s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Scrivens Above!

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley get all the gossip from the Women's U19 T20 World Cup with England captain Grace Scrivens. Plus, Alex reveals the lengths she went to find her phone...
25/01/23·45m 24s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Salsa, Spots and Supermarkets

England bowler Kate Cross and World Cup winner Alex Hartley are back together for the new year! There's much to discuss, not least that Kate has been picked for the T20 World Cup.
13/01/23·42m 5s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - (a quickly run) Single All the Way!

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley, your favourite cricketing Christmas crackers, are back together again to talk festive icks, retro presents, and - oh yes - England's win in Pakistan!
23/12/22·36m 27s

England’s revolution through the eyes of Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes brings us inside the England camp after a year to remember for the men's Test side. We hear details of Bairstow’s Trent Bridge blitz, the record breaking win over India and how the Lord’s defeat to South Africa was quickly put to bed leading to a series win. Plus, Stokes also recalls how he steered England’s white ball side to T20 glory at the MCG.
22/12/22·36m 16s

TMS Moments of 2022

Jonathan Agnew is joined by Vic Marks, Alex Hartley, Simon Mann, Daniel Norcross, Stephan Shemilt and Andy Zaltzman. From the humiliation in Hobart to the start of the Stokes/McCullum Test revolution. The Mankad controversy at Lord’s to England men’s T20 World Cup win and the historic clean sweep in Pakistan.
21/12/22·31m 44s

England complete historic clean sweep in Pakistan.

England won the Third Test in Karachi by 8 wickets to clinch a record breaking three nil series win. Pakistan have never before been handed a clean sweep home or away. Analysis from Jonathan Agnew, Vic Marks, Alex Hartley and Andy Zaltzman plus we hear from Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Ben Duckett, Brendon McCullum and the retiring Azhar Ali.
20/12/22·43m 42s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - deck the halls with boughs of Ollie!

England women's bowler Kate Cross is back from the West Indies, Alex Hartley is in Pakistan. This week they're joined by England men's Ollie Pope who has his own icks to discuss.
16/12/22·47m 51s

Remembering England’s famous Karachi win in the dark

As England prepare to play Pakistan in Karachi for the third and final Test match, they return to the scene of one of their most famous overseas Test wins. 22 years ago, England won the third and final Test against Pakistan to win the series 1-0, only their second ever Test win in the country, and Pakistan’s first defeat at Karachi. Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton, who were captain and opening batter that day, are back in Karachi, working for Sky Sports. They’ve been giving their memories of that famous Test win to Simon Mann.
15/12/22·40m 33s

2005 memories: Tres and Colly reflect on England’s last tour to Pakistan

As England continue their first Test tour of Pakistan, two of the coaching staff, Marcus Trescothick and Paul Collingwood, were playing the last time England toured here. They sat down with Simon Mann to give their memories of what happened both on and off the pitch, including facing Shoaib Akhtar, an explosion at Faisalabad, and staying up until 1am for Sports Personality of the Year
07/12/22·35m 30s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Too much information, Alex

England bowler Kate Cross is fresh from a comprehensive win in Antigua, Alex Hartley has just seen one of the GREAT Test matches in Rawalpindi. Look out for more excellent 'icks'.
05/12/22·38m 18s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - sliding into John Cena's DMs

England bowler Kate Cross is in the West Indies, Alex Hartley is in Pakistan. Two series to discuss, lots of emails to read and an awful lot of of 'icks'.
30/11/22·41m 44s

Good Pace for Radio: Ep 7. “World Cup reflections and Pakistan preparation”

Tymal Mills and Mark Wood return after a short break to take a considered look back on England’s T20 World Cup win. What were the celebrations really like in Melbourne? Plus Woody is already on another tour and looks ahead to a historic Test series in Pakistan.
28/11/22·38m 3s

Stokes leads England to T20 World Cup triumph

England beat Pakistan by 5 wickets at the MCG to add the T20 World Cup to their 50 over crown. We get reaction from player of the tournament Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, England coach Matthew Mott and Pakistan captain Babar Azam. Plus Jonathan Agnew is joined from T20 World Cup winner Ravi Bopara and World Cup winner Alex Hartley.
13/11/22·37m 30s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - EMERGENCY! England are double World Champions!

Moments after the winning runs are struck, Alex Hartley joins Kate Cross live from Melbourne to discuss England beating Pakistan to become T20 World Champions!
13/11/22·18m 55s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - it's semi-final time at the T20 World Cup, but whose predictions have been spot on?

With the World Cup drawing to a close, Kate and Alex compare their predictions (some good, some really bad - Warner?!). Plus, the emails and instas get a good looking through.
09/11/22·37m 14s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Ireland's Curtis Campher talks about THAT England game

Having shocked England at the T20 World Cup, Ireland's Curtis Campher joins Kate Cross and Alex Hartley to discuss the game and reveal what the side did to celebrate the win.
31/10/22·34m 25s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - is there such a thing as a summer duvet?

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley are very excited about the T20 World Cup Super 12s, plus they have a good rummage around the No Balls email inbox and discuss types of duvet.
21/10/22·41m 13s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - a little bonus episode with Aussie legend Jess Jonassen!

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley return sooner than advertised and are joined by Australian bowler Jess Jonassen. The obvious question is asked: Does she ever get bored of winning?
14/10/22·54m 18s

Clinical England take decider to claim Pakistan series.

England won the 7th T20 by 67 runs to clinch the series 4 – 3. Henry Moeran reviews the action and looks ahead to the men’s T20 World Cup with former England wicketkeeper turned coach James Foster, commentator Aatif Nawaz and BBC Sport chief cricket writer Stephan Shemilt. Plus we hear from Moeen Ali, Harry Brook and Jos Buttler.
02/10/22·36m 2s

Pakistan edge thriller and Thompson talks.

Aatif Nawaz is joined by Alex Hartley and Saqib Mahmood to discuss another thrilling T20 as Pakistan edge ahead in the series. We also hear from Moeen Ali and Mark Wood. Plus BBC Sports Editor Dan Roan speaks to the new ECB chair Richard Thompson on proposed changes to the summer schedules, the impact of the Hundred and the threat of T20 leagues.
28/09/22·45m 25s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Kate took four wickets at Lord's, and there's nothing else to say about the game...

The day after a hugely controversial end to the England vs India series, bowler Kate Cross and Alex Hartley chat through *that* moment and the rest of the summer.
25/09/22·32m 12s

Surrey champions as County cricket future comes under spotlight.

Kevin Howells reports on Surrey winning the County Championship at a time of fierce debate about how future seasons may look. We get reactions from Rory Burns, Ollie Pope and Gareth Batty and analysis by journalist Dean Wilson. Plus we hear from Sir Andrew Strauss, Alec Stewart and Sussex chair Jon Filby on the high performance review which could change how the cricket summer looks from 2024.
23/09/22·46m 13s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Are you listening Chris Martin?

Kate and Alex have been busy in the Hundred and have all the gossip from the tournament. Plus, there's a good delve into the mailbox and more excitement about a celebrity fan...
27/08/22·39m 25s

View from the Boundary – Peter White

Jonathan Agnew is joined by award winning broadcaster Peter White who’s been contributing to Radio 4 Consumer Affairs programme “You and Yours” for almost 50 years.
27/08/22·34m 50s

Ask the Umpire.

Identical twins, pony tails and rogue terriers. John Holder joins Jonathan Agnew and Vic Marks for “Ask the Umpire”
26/08/22·36m 35s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - The Battle of the Spuds

With the Hundred well underway, Kate Cross and Alex Hartley bring the latest from the tournament - including their game against each other. Plus, giraffe suits may have been worn.
18/08/22·33m 9s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast with Hayley Matthews

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley answer questions sent in by the listeners and are joined by Barbados captain Hayley Matthews to tell us about her experience of the Commonwealth Games.
05/08/22·39m 3s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast with Sophie Devine

New Zealand player Sophie Devine joins Kate Cross and Alex Hartley to go behind the scenes at the Commonwealth Games and answer your questions.
01/08/22·37m 25s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - The Commonwealth Games Preview

Alex and Kate look ahead to the Commonwealth Games, show off the new England kit and Alex shares a secret about a past celebrity crush
27/07/22·31m 50s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Alex's record-breaking day...

World Cup winner Alex Hartley and England bowler Kate Cross chat through Alex taking a record 6-24, plus Kate's very excited about preparations for the Commonwealth Games.
21/07/22·51m 46s

Ben Stokes retires from One Day International cricket

Simon Mann is joined by England fast bowling trio Mark Wood, James Anderson and Saqib Mahmood to reflect on the One Day International career of Ben Stokes, who has announced his retirement from the format. We also hear from Stokes, who explains the reasoning behind his decision, with further analysis from his World Cup winning teammate Chris Woakes.
20/07/22·33m 33s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - We love Test cricket, we don't love rain

Back from the Test at Taunton, England bowler Kate Cross and Alex Hartley reflect on a memorable four days. Plus, they're joined by Lauren Bell fresh from making her debut.
02/07/22·37m 38s

Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole on their retirement from Test Cricket

Henry Moeran speaks to two of the all time greats of women's cricket. Anya Shrubsole and Katherine Brunt discuss their retirement from International Test cricket and their careers throughout the years.
28/06/22·35m 26s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Hartley's been in Amsterdam and a cat in a car!

Join Kate Cross and Alex Hartley as they discuss an amazing run-fest in Amsterdam, answer more of your questions and discuss whether it's ever acceptable to have tuna on a pizza.
21/06/22·44m 44s

The Ask Moeen Ali Special

Jonathan Agnew asks Moeen Ali your questions in the TMS commentary box.
12/06/22·31m 2s

View from the Boundary - Tim Key

Tim Key joins Dan Norcross in the TMS commentary box. The comedian, actor, screenwriter and poet talks about trying to be creative during the pandemic, his work with Steve Coogan and, of course, his love for the game of cricket - inculding his memories of the 2005 Ashes series.
11/06/22·36m 55s

England v New Zealand Second Test Preview

Alistair Bruce-Ball, Jonathan Agnew and Jeremy Coney preview the second test between England and New Zealand. Ben Stokes wants to bring the "fun" back into playing for England. You can hear from the England skipper on working with Brendan McCullum, Jimmy Anderson reveals what "Baz" said in the Lord's dressing room and Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson ponders how to remove Joe Root. TMS is back on air for Day One on Friday morning from 10.25.
09/06/22·31m 0s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - The greatest day of Alex Hartley's life

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley have ALL the gossip from an amazing game played in aid of the Ruth Strauss Foundation. Look out for a special contribution from Michael McIntyre...
09/06/22·40m 27s

View from the Boundary - Joe Stilgoe

Internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter Joe Stilgoe joins Aggers to discuss his love for cricket, his life in music and Joe also managed to fit his keyboard in the TMS commentary box at Lord's.
04/06/22·37m 30s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Crossy at the IPL Challenge, weddings and ticket prices

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley have plenty to chat about including the Sciver-Brunt wedding, the cost of Lord's tickets and whether you thought the people on TV were watching back...
01/06/22·37m 11s

Should the Championship become a franchise competition?

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has caused a stir by suggesting the County Championship is replaced by a red ball franchise competition. Kevin Howells gets reaction from the ECB managing director of County Cricket Neil Snowball. They also discuss whether the T20 Blast is getting the attention it deserves with the emphasis on the Hundred and what lessons are being learnt following the Azeem Rafiq racism revelations.
24/05/22·40m 30s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Women’s IPL, Hugh Grant lookalikes and Greg James in the bath

England bowler Kate Cross is in India taking part in the Women’s T20 challenge, hopefully a forerunner of the women’s IPL. She’s joined by World Cup winner Alex Hartley who’s been enjoying mixed fortunes back in the ranks for the Thunder side playing in the Charlotte Edwards Cup. They answer your questions, set a new challenge and find out who Alex mistook for Hugh Grant on a train and why Kate was perturbed by pictures of Radio 1 and Tailenders host Greg James in the bath!
23/05/22·36m 6s

Cricket’s great entertainer. Tribute to Andrew Symonds.

Kevin Howells presents a tribute to Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds who has died in a car accident at the age of only 46. We hear from TMS commentator Jim Maxwell on his Australia playing career and recent work as a commentator. Plus we discuss his contribution to the English county game hearing from his captains at Gloucestershire, Kent and Lancashire, Jack Russell, David Fulton and Mark Chilton.
15/05/22·31m 47s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast. The return!

After a short break England bowler Kate Cross and World Cup winner Alex Hartley are back with tales from the start of their cricket season, tuk-tuk buying fathers and playing cricket with Ed Sheeran and Bear Grylls. Plus they answer your questions and hear about your LBWs, Little Bit Weirds.
11/05/22·37m 39s

5 Live Cricket: How can we engage more people in cricket?

Alison Mitchell and Ebony Rainford-Brent look at the accessibility of cricket, and what can be done to engage more with people from all backgrounds and whether we should be feeling optimistic, or pessimistic about the direction of travel. We chat about the challenges of finances and what needs to be done to support younger players trying to fund their youth career. Scotland international Abtaha Maqsood also joins the team to discuss cultural differences and how the game has changed since she started playing. And Ian Martin, the ECB’s head of disability cricket, explains the launch of the ECB Disability Premier League. Topics: 3:45 - Tom Brown, a researcher from Birmingham City University, on representation 14:30 - The ACE Programme 18:20 - Reporter Jamie Reid speaking to youngsters at an ACE session 21:00 - Troy Henry part of the ACE Programme 25:15 - Finances in cricket 30:30 - Abtaha Maqsood, leg spinner with Birmingham Phoenix 40:30 - Ian Martin, Head of Disability Cricket at the ECB
09/05/22·50m 57s

Root steps down as England captain.

Jonathan Agnew is joined by former England spinners Phil Tufnell and Vic Marks to reflect on the resignation of Joe Root as England captain. We also hear from two men who know Root very well, Yorkshire’s interim director of cricket Darren Gough and former England captain Michael Vaughan.
15/04/22·32m 10s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast. The final wrap-up.

England bowler Kate Cross and TMS commentator Alex Hartley are reunited in the UK a week after the World Cup final where England were defeated by Australia in a high scoring game. They reflect on the match and the tournament as a whole both on the field and in the commentary box. Plus an update on whether the “hunky umpire” is going to join the pod!
11/04/22·29m 56s

Is County Cricket fit for purpose?

Kevin Howells is joined by two former England coaches, Paul Farbrace and Peter Moores, who are now involved back in the County game. They look ahead to the domestic season and ask if Championship cricket should be getting the criticism it is receiving because of the failures of the England Test team. And Kevin is joined by fellow commentators Nikesh Rughani, Mark Church and Emily Windsor to find out which teams will be challenging this season in the men’s and women’s game.
04/04/22·56m 7s

Healy heroics thwart England World Cup hopes

Alison Mitchell is joined by 2017 World Cup winner Alex Hartley, Henry Moeran and Stephan Shemilt to review Australia’s 71 run World Cup Final victory over England. Plus we get reaction from England captain Heather Knight, Australia’s captain Meg Lanning and the England head of women’s cricket Clare Connor.
03/04/22·36m 8s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Emergency Semi-Final Edition

Kate Cross has just helped England to the World Cup final, and quite rightly is ready to tell NBTCP listeners how it happened. Alex is rather excited, just so you're warned...
31/03/22·19m 39s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Group stage? Completed it mate.

England bowler Kate Cross and 2017 winner Alex Hartley discuss the Women's World Cup up to now and look ahead to the knockout matches. Plus, how should you butter a sandwich?
29/03/22·42m 7s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - it's Nasser Hussain on the pod!

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley are joined by former England captain Nasser Hussain to discuss the current Women's World Cup and his stellar career as a player and broadcaster.
18/03/22·48m 30s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - World Cup frustration and a chat with an England legend

After a tough start to the World Cup, England bowler Kate Cross and Alex Hartley chat through what needs to change. Plus, former teammate Lydia Greenway joins the pod.
11/03/22·53m 10s

Remembering Shane Warne

As cricket comes to terms with the death of Australian cricket legend Shane Warne at the age of 52, Eleanor Oldroyd is joined by BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew and former England spinner Phil Tufnell to remember his life and career. Former team-mate Stuart Law, friend Pat Cash and Hampshire chairman Rob Bransgrove discuss what made Warne so special. They also hear from Mike Gatting, the man dismissed by Warne’s ‘ball of the century’. Australia captain Pat Cummins and England captain Joe Root also pay tribute to the man who took 708 test wickets, while cricket writer Geoff Lemon explains why Warne was a role model for a generation of young Australians. TOPICS: 2.37 – Jonathan Agnew and Phil Tufnell discuss Warne’s life 4.59 – Geoff Lemon on Warne inspiring a nation 15.32 – Joe Root and Pat Cummins pay tribute 21.40 – Mike Gatting remembers Warne’s ‘ball of the century’ 29.26 – Stuart Law on being a team-mate of Warne 41.27 – Rob Bransgrove on Warne’s legacy at Hampshire 45.32 – Pat Cash on being Shane Warne’s friend
04/03/22·54m 12s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Shall we do a World Cup?

England bowler Kate Cross and World Cup winner Alex Hartley look ahead to this year's tournament. Plus, it turns out Alex remembers pretty much nothing from her success in 2017...
03/03/22·47m 4s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - World Cup prep and Danni Wyatt returns for a quiz

Kate's preparing to play in her first World Cup and the excitement is building. For Alex, it's quarantine and trying to keep herself entertained. Plus, a return for Danni Wyatt.
24/02/22·45m 59s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - The Brunt and Sciver episode

England stars Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt join Kate and Alex for a fascinating chat about life and love as international athletes. Look out for a VERY competitive quiz.
18/02/22·56m 3s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast. Washes Wash-up and World Cup quarantine

England Kate Cross is in quarantine in New Zealand ahead of the World Cup and Alex Hartley is in Melbourne recovering from commentating on a rollercoaster Women’s Ashes. They review the series and ask if England can beat Australia in their World Cup opener in March. They also answer your e-mails and there’s some revenge among the LBWs.
11/02/22·48m 15s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast – The Emergency Post Test Episode

England bowler Kate Cross and World Cup winner Alex Hartley reflect on the near miracle of Manuka. Kate has the inside story of one of the most dramatic Tests of all time and Alex explains how she coped with the tension in the TMS commentary box. Kate talks us through how she ended up saving the game in the middle and what the dressing room was like at the end of the match. And Kate and Alex even have time to answer some of your e-mails.
31/01/22·41m 39s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Danni Wyatt previews the Washes

After countless requests England batter Danni Wyatt (finally!) joins the podcast to preview the Women's Ashes, reveal how Virat Kohli reacted to her twitter marriage proposal, explain why her attempt to be Tarzan aged 10 helps her hit the ball to different areas of the ground, and why she once showered with a tubigrip on her face. There's some cricket chat in there too.
20/01/22·44m 45s

5 Live Cricket: From Ashes to Ashes

Mark Chapman is joined by former England batter Michael Carberry and West Indian World Cup winner Carlos Brathwaite to look back at the final Test in Hobart and the 4-nil series defeat. The team dissect where it went so badly wrong for England this series. We also preview the women’s Ashes with England’s Kate Cross and look at the legacy of Virat Kohli following his departure as India Test captain.
17/01/22·54m 22s

When Steven met Glenn.

England bowler Steven Finn chats to his hero: the legendary Glenn McGrath.
16/01/22·35m 14s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - G'day folks!

Our dynamic duo have made to Australia. Excitement for Alex as she commentates on her first men's Test, whilst Kate is easing into a busy schedule ahead of the start of the Ashes.
13/01/22·39m 44s

5 Live Cricket: Fourth Test reflections and Women's Ashes preview

Mark Chapman is joined by Phil Tufnell and Paul Farbrace to look back on the dramatic 4th Ashes Test. We hear from the man at the centre of the drama, James Anderson and consider what changes England will make for Hobart later this week. Plus, Tammy Beaumont joins the podcast from Canberra ahead of the Women’s Ashes.
10/01/22·49m 59s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - a friend of the podcast shares their amazing story.

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley speak to their close friend and colleague H Cowen as they talk through a change in their life. This one really is a really special episode.
03/01/22·54m 49s

Snow Balls: The Christmas Podcast - It's your Festive Special!

As Christmas approaches, Kate and Alex put up the tinsel and see what Santa has popped in the No Balls inbox. Plus, a look back on a tough start to the M-Ashes for England...
21/12/21·45m 1s

Ashes Tour Tales: Ep 3 Adelaide

From Bodyline to 2010 glory, Eleanor Oldroyd is joined by Jonathan Agnew, Steven Finn and commentator Simon Mann to share stories of matches played at the iconic Adelaide Oval.
15/12/21·26m 7s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Hey, Cow!

With the men's Ashes underway, Alex and Kate discuss the first Test and get busy going through the No Balls email inbox.
15/12/21·46m 1s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Tortoises, training camps and The Ashes

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley have a look ahead to the start of the Men's Ashes, launch a pronunciation argument and celebrate exciting news for a big friend of the podcast.
07/12/21·48m 3s

Ashes Tour Tales Ep 3: Magic memories and countdown to ball 1.

Eleanor Oldroyd is joined by Ashes tour veteran Jonathan Agnew, 3 time Ashes winner Steven Finn, TMS commentator Simon Mann and statistician Andy Zaltzman to share first memories of following England tours down under. Plus we hear how the very first ball of the series has often set the tone.
05/12/21·29m 41s

Project Ashes Ep 6: Returning the Urn

For the last 12 months, Jonathan Agnew has been given exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the England men’s cricket team’s planning to win back the Ashes. Throughout the year, Aggers has spoken to key players, including Joe Root, Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson, but also those lesser-known names who play crucial roles.
03/12/21·33m 23s

Ashes Tour Tales Ep 2: Brace yourself for Brisbane

Ahead of the start of the series in Brisbane, Eleanor Oldroyd is joined by Ashes tour veteran Jonathan Agnew, three-time Ashes winner Steven Finn, TMS commentator Simon Mann and statistician Andy Zaltzman to share memories of trips to Queensland. From David Gower in his Tiger Moth to England’s 2010 great escape at the Gabba.
02/12/21·30m 29s

Project Ashes Ep 5: History Lessons

For the last 12 months, Jonathan Agnew has been given exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the England men’s cricket team’s planning to win back the Ashes. Throughout the year, Aggers has spoken to key players, including Joe Root, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, but also those less known names who play crucial roles. In Episode Five, Aggers speaks to Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson to find out what they’ve learnt from previous Ashes tours, and what they’ll be telling teammates who have never experienced one.
30/11/21·33m 34s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Wood ya believe it!

Kate and Alex are joined by World Cup winner Mark Wood live from Australia ahead of the Ashes. Obviously, he weighs in on the Great Bread Knife Debate...
29/11/21·36m 32s

Project Ashes Ep 4: Family Planning

For the last 12 months, Jonathan Agnew has been given exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the England men’s cricket team’s planning to win back the Ashes. Throughout the year, Aggers has spoken to key players, including Joe Root, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, but also those less known names who play crucial roles. In Episode Four, with the Ashes in doubt due to concerns around quarantine rules for players’ families, Aggers speaks to England bowler Mark Wood and his wife Sarah, to find out what impact being an international cricketer has on a family life.
26/11/21·35m 28s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Alex doesn't know how to hold a mug

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley explore an inbox full of remarkable emails. Plus, a trip to the Christmas market reveals Alex has a proper LBW habit…
24/11/21·45m 1s

Project Ashes Ep 3: The Backroom

For the last 12 months, Jonathan Agnew has been given exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the England men’s cricket team’s planning to win back the Ashes. Throughout the year, Aggers has spoken to key players, including Joe Root, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, but also those lesser-known names who play crucial roles. In Episode Three, we meet the backroom staff – the Performance Director who has to work out how many cricket balls the team will need throughout the tour, the nutritionist who hides Frosties at the breakfast buffet, and then the Strength and Conditioning coach who puts players through their paces on the first day of the summer.
23/11/21·34m 51s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - World Cup reflections and Jemimah Rodrigues!

After a dramatic few weeks in the UAE, Kate and Alex reflect on victory for Australia. Plus, India superstar Jemimah Rodrigues joins the pod from the Women's Big Bash League.
19/11/21·48m 51s

Project Ashes Ep 2: When it all goes wrong

For the last 12 months, Jonathan Agnew has been given exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the England men’s cricket team’s planning to win back the Ashes. Throughout the year, Aggers has spoken to key players, including Joe Root, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson and many more, but also those names who are less familiar, but still play crucial roles – the tour planners, the nutritionists, the fitness teams. In Episode One, we looked at England’s meticulous planning. But, as we’ve seen over the past twelve months, things don’t always go to plan. Injuries to key players, an entire team having to self-isolate, and a bowler whose social media past comes to light during his Test debut… it’s been another bumpy ride for English cricket.
19/11/21·39m 20s

Project Ashes Ep 1: The Plans

For the last 12 months, Jonathan Agnew has been given exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the England men’s cricket team’s planning to win back the Ashes. Throughout the year, Aggers has spoken to key players, including Joe Root, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson and many more, but also those names who are less familiar, but still play crucial roles – the tour planners, the nutritionists, the fitness teams. In Episode One, we go back to January. Joe Root is in Sri Lanka, and Aggers catches up with him to find out what England’s long-term plans are. But as the tours of Sri Lanka and India continue, it’s clear that England’s rest and rotation policy is becoming increasingly unpopular, especially as England start to lose in India.
16/11/21·34m 1s

Australia claim first World T20 Trophy

Isa Guha is joined by T20 World Cup finalist Dirk Nannes, T20 World Cup winner Carlos Brathwaite and former England World Cup spin bowler Phil Tufnell to review Australia’s 8 wicket win over New Zealand in Dubai. We also hear from Australia captain Aaron Finch, Australia coach Justin Langer, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, player of the match Mitchell Marsh and player of the tournament David Warner. We also review the tournament as a whole and discuss what the result could mean for the Ashes.
14/11/21·39m 52s

Good Pace for Radio Ep 6: Bye from UAE and the most popular man in English cricket

Tymal and Woody reflect on England's T20 World Cup journey coming to an end at the semi-final stage. We get the lowdown on being drug tested and reveal what Eoin Morgan said in the team meeting post-match. Special guest Mark Saxby, AKA the most popular man in English cricket, joins the pod to chat his 15 years working with the squad. He's the masseur, unofficial DJ, and a leader on team culture.
13/11/21·46m 35s

When Micah met Carlos

Mark Chapman finds out more about West Indies T20 World Cup winner Carlos Brathwaite and former Premier League defender Micah Richards. The pair met briefly on the Monday Night Club, but here they have a chance to discuss their shared Caribbean heritage, love of football and the difficulty they both faced after their ‘career-defining’ moment in sport. Carlos goes into detail about those four infamous sixes he hit in the 2016 T20 World Cup Final and his subsequent West Indies captaincy, which wasn’t welcomed by many of his colleagues and teammates. We find out if either could have played any other sport and delve into their new jobs in punditry. Plus, the pair try their hand at reading the classifieds, and in a game of ‘This or That?’, we find out just how much they have in common. TOPICS: 01’40 The first meeting on the Monday Night Club 3’30 A shared Caribbean heritage 6’00 Why Carlos moved to Portsmouth 9’00 The ‘Caribbean cricket’ stereotype 10’00 Did either know just how good they were at a young age? 16’00 Why Micah never played cricket 17’00 Micah tests his cricketer knowledge 20’00 The changing image of cricket 25’00 A love of football – Man City v Man United 29’40 Winning the T20 World Cup in 2016 and moving on from ‘career-defining’ moments 34’00 Micah on the pressures of playing for England and winning the Premier League 38’00 Criticism as a captain 41’00 When Micah knew it was time to retire 46’00 Getting into punditry and having to criticise former/current teammates 54’00 Reading the classifieds 58’40 This or that? Just how much do they have in common?
10/11/21·1h 2m

Good Pace for Radio Ep 5: Semi-final preview and Sam Billings’ Football XI

England are into a semi-final and Woody’s finally been fit enough to start a game! Though he did get told off by Eoin Morgan on the field… The boys discuss England’s defeat to South Africa, Jason Roy’s injury, and Sam Billings joins the pod to talk about what it’s like being on the fringes of a starting XI, as well as working out his team of best footballers from the England cricket squad.
09/11/21·47m 22s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - 'Bread knife-gate' continues and we check in with Scotland at the T20 World Cup

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley speak to Kyle Coetzer, the man leading Scotland through a memorable T20 World Cup. Plus, there's LOTS of talk on how Kate's kitchen should be arranged.
08/11/21·1h 0m

Good Pace for Radio Ep 4: Walking off injured, Numbers’ signals, and Woody the Mummy

Tymal may be out of the World Cup, but it doesn’t mean the podcast is over… Mark Wood and Tymal Mills discuss what it’s like to walk off injured during the middle of an over, and just how much PPE you have to wear when going for a scan outside the bio-bubble. The two are joined by Nathan ‘Numbers’ Leamon, the England team data analyst, to find the most ridiculous question he’s ever been asked by a player, and what his signals from the boundary edge mean. Plus they look back on two impressive wins against Australia and Sri Lanka, including a memorable century from Jos Buttler.
05/11/21·34m 30s

England thrash Australia at the T20 World Cup

Jonathan Agnew is joined by World Cup winner Liam Plunkett and former Australian player Stuart Law to review a thumping 8 wicket win for England. We also hear from Liam Livingstone, Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan and Aaron Finch.
30/10/21·31m 45s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - We Back, Baby!

Fresh from their holidays, Kate and Alex reconvene to catch up on all things travel, World Cup cricket and get stuck into some of the emails bursting out of the No Balls inbox.
29/10/21·59m 10s

Good Pace for Radio Ep 3: Chris ‘The Wizard” Woakes joins us!

Chris Woakes joins Tymal Mills and Mark Wood for the third episode of the podcast that takes you inside England’s World Cup bubble – Good Pace for Radio. They talk about the best ball they’ve ever bowled, how they’ve changed as bowlers, plus why Tymal didn’t get full marks in his A Level cricket assessment, and just what went wrong on his Duke of Edinburgh expedition.
29/10/21·48m 6s

Carlos Brathwaite remembers THAT final

Five years ago, Carlos Brathwaite finished off one of the most remarkable ends to any final in any sport. The West Indies all-rounder hit four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes’ bowling to win the World T20. As England prepare to take on the West Indies again for this year’s tournament, Carlos Brathwaite looks back on the West Indies’ remarkable triumph.
20/10/21·28m 18s

Good Pace for Radio Episode 0: Scenario-based training and Blippi

England bowlers Mark Wood and Tymal Mills introduce a new podcast that will take you behind the scenes of England’s T20 World Cup campaign in the Middle East. In a preview episode, they talk about how Tymal is finding life back in the England camp after four years, the details of ‘scenario-based training’, and why Tymal’s been doing the Hokey Cokey.
19/10/21·6m 18s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Crossy turns 30 and Greg James drops by!

After a very special birthday, Kate and Alex talk through the big day. Plus, Radio 1 presenter Greg James joins us from the Tailenders tour bus to talk all sorts of nonsense...
06/10/21·1h 2m

Moeen Ali on Test retirement

England all-rounder Moeen Ali joins TMS commentator Aatif Nawaz to discuss his retirement from Tests. Moeen explains his decision, goes through the highlights of his Test career and chats about the challenges of playing all formats in Covid times. Moeen also discusses his love of boxing and how Call of Duty helped him cope with quarantine.
29/09/21·44m 27s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - How Many Balls in a Season

As the summer of 2021 concludes, Kate and Alex decide if it was really long or really short. Plus, plenty of DM sliding and a few rogue emails to keep us busy.
29/09/21·52m 22s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - The most disgusting sandwich you've ever heard of

As the season heads towards a close, Kate and Alex talk through their weeks and receive some wild emails. And with the IPL back underway, Graeme Swann checks in from Mumbai.
22/09/21·1h 0m

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Ohhhhh Jimmy, Jimmy!

Jimmy Anderson (yes, THE Jimmy Anderson) joins Kate and Alex to talk India, Ashes, warm-ups and frogs. Plus, Crossy did something for the first time in seven years this week...
14/09/21·52m 2s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - "I'd offer you a nut, but covid."

After a brief break, Kate Cross and Alex Hartley return to discuss cricket (briefly), best/worst birthdays and getting spotted by No Balls fans. Oh, and Crossy meets her heroes...
08/09/21·46m 11s

The “Leg over” 30 years on.

In 1991 Jonathan Agnew and Brian Johnston produced a piece of radio that has been replayed millions of times. Simon Mann is joined at the Oval by Aggers, Brian’s son Barry Johnston, former TMS Producer Peter Baxter and impressionist Rory Bremner.
05/09/21·31m 19s

View from the Boundary - Chris Addison

Comedian, actor, writer and director Chris Addison takes a “View from the Boundary” with Jonathan Agnew at the Oval. Addison discusses watching the 2005 Ashes climax at the Oval, his admiration for England opener Tammy Beaumont and what it was like playing Ollie Reeder in “The Thick of It”.
04/09/21·36m 14s

A Sleeping captain, Bella the Elephant and an historic win

Jonathan Agnew looks back on India’s first Test victory over England at the Oval 50 years ago. We hear from Sunil Gavaskar and Farokh Engineer who played in the game and Deep Dasgupta and Prakash Wakankar put the victory into historical context.
03/09/21·32m 36s

Cook’s Oval farewell

Sir Alastair Cook looks back on his magical farewell Test against India in 2018. Cook reveals to Jonathan Agnew how he came to his decision to retire from international cricket and the inside story of that last innings century.
02/09/21·31m 59s

Headingley 81. Botham looks back 40 years on

Sir Ian Botham joins Eleanor Oldroyd to remember the incredible Test match of 1981 when England produced an amazing fightback to win, despite being forced to follow on.
27/08/21·27m 51s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Katich us if you can!

Manchester Originals men's coach Simon Katich talks through his career and reveals who he'd most like to be stuck on a desert island with. Plus, Kate and Alex feel a bit delicate.
19/08/21·49m 1s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - South Africa's finest

Kate and Alex chat to Manchester Originals' and South Africa's Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez. There's some new language, some holiday tales ...and some lies about coriander.
10/08/21·54m 45s

Michael Holding

West Indies legend Michael Holding joined Jonathan Agnew at Trent Bridge to talk about his book "Why we kneel, how we rise".
06/08/21·29m 23s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Steven Finn waits for a takeaway

Steven Finn - two-time Ashes winner and Manchester Original bowler - talks through his career, his legs, and his penchant for a game of Twister. Oh, and Phil Salt reveals all...!
03/08/21·44m 45s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Remember the name!

Kate and Alex are joined by Carlos Brathwaite - T20 World Cup winner, commentary superstar and fellow Manchester Original. And yes, he does talk about the Shipping Forecast...
27/07/21·57m 28s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - it's only Harmanpreet Kaur on the pod!

All the usual fun and nonsense plus Harmanpreet Kaur, one of India's greatest players, stops by ahead of playing in the opening game of The Hundred. Oh, and we also discuss spuds.
20/07/21·35m 30s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Captain Crossy, preparing for The Hundred and melted ice cream

As they prepare to become Manchester Originals, Kate and Alex talk ODI catches, who's the better captain and dissect some VERY unusual listener habits.
13/07/21·39m 26s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Crossy's 5-for, Tammy Beaumont, and messy flats

Superstar batter Tammy Beaumont joins Kate and Alex for a chat as they reflect on the recent ODI series vs India. Plus, Alex wishes she'd kept Kate's flat a little bit tidier...
06/07/21·51m 58s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - ODI victory, stolen mugs and more(!) Hartley fielding heroics

Fresh from a big performance against India in the first ODI, Kate Cross joins Alex Hartley to talk about England's white-ball series. Look out for some memorable emails, too.
28/06/21·45m 57s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Test match fun, publicity shoots and a chat with James Taylor

Fresh from a thrilling Test match in Bristol, Kate Cross and Alex Hartley reveal all from the field and commentary box. Plus, former England batsman James Taylor joins the pod.
22/06/21·45m 26s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Chris Woakes, special catches and dodgy DIY

England's Kate Cross and World Cup winner Alex Hartley arrive on BBC Sounds to talk life, lockdown and a bit of cricket. England star Chris Woakes is this week's special guest.
15/06/21·55m 28s

The 2021 IPL is up and running

The most expensive player in IPL history - Chris Morris - tells TMS about the pressure to perform, plus Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Kal Sajad and Henry Moeran preview the tournament.
13/04/21·32m 39s

15 wickets fall on day two in Chennai

Jonathan Agnew is joined by former England captains Michael Vaughan and Sir Alastair Cook to discuss a dominant day for India in Chennai. Plus, we hear from Graham Thorpe.
14/02/21·35m 3s

'"India well on top" after the first day in Chennai

Jonathan Agnew, Michael Vaughan and Sir Alastair Cook talk through a day that saw a century for Rohit Sharma and plenty of excitement for the bowlers.
13/02/21·37m 8s

Anderson inspires England to ’10/10’ Test win over India

As England take the first Test against India in Chennai, Michael Vaughan joins Jonathan Agnew to look back on a memorable win. They’re joined by Jack Leach and Joe Root, as well as Indian journalist Prakash Wakankar to see how Virat Kohli’s fourth defeat in a row as captain will go down in India.
09/02/21·39m 31s

Bess bowls England to strong position in Chennai

Jonathan Agnew is joined by Michael Vaughan and Prakash Wakankar to discuss an excellent day for England after Dom Bess took 4 wickets to leave India 257/6, trailing by 321. We hear from Bess and we also get the reaction from Fazeer Mohammed on a remarkable win for the West Indies in Bangladesh.
07/02/21·39m 56s

A double ton from the captain as England dominate

Jonathan Agnew is joined by Michael Vaughan and Prakash Wakankar to discuss an excellent day for England after Joe Root scored 218 leaving England in a fine position after two days of the first Test. We hear from Ben Stokes on the performance, plus listen out for a preview of the BBL.
06/02/21·46m 49s

Joe Root on his 100th Test

As Joe Root prepares to play in his 100th Test match, Jonathan Agnew speaks to the England captain to look back on his career, his Test debut, and to ask what the future holds. Sir Alastair Cook says he has no doubt that Root will surpass his record total of Test runs, whilst Michael Vaughan thinks that he will become England’s greatest ever batsman. Plus we hear from his parents, Matt and Helen, on what a cricket-obsessed Joe was like growing up.
03/02/21·47m 58s

Kevin Pietersen on his stunning Mumbai century

As England prepare to take on India, Kevin Pietersen looks back on the last time a touring side won there, particularly his stunning century in Mumbai that turned the series around. The former England batsman talks us through how he turned round his form from a difficult first Test, what he was thinking when walking to the crease, and just what it feels like to smash the Indian bowlers all around the ground. Along with the Test Match Special commentary from the innings, KP takes you back to one of the greatest innings played by an overseas batsman in India.
29/01/21·28m 30s

#40from40: Nish Kumar

Star of The Mash Report Nish Kumar tells Jonathan Agnew about his journey in comedy and why visiting Test Match Special is a big moment for him and his family.
31/12/20·29m 3s

The TMS preview of 2021

Jonathan Agnew is joined by members of the TMS team to preview 2021, including a few very out-there predictions…
29/12/20·39m 5s

#40from40: Professor Robert Winston

Professor Robert Winston tells Jonathan Agnew how cricket fits into a busy life of science, medicine and journalism.
24/12/20·35m 56s

The TMS review of 2020

Jonathan Agnew, Simon Mann, Ebony Rainford-Brent and Andy Zaltzman sit down and reflect on cricket in 2020, choosing their favourite moments from a highly unusual year.
22/12/20·44m 30s

#40from40: Damian Lewis

Actor Damian Lewis is plucked from his seat in the stands at Lord's to visit the TMS commentary box for a chat with Jonathan Agnew in 2013.
17/12/20·27m 12s

Voices of the World: Prakash Wakankar

Commentator Prakash Wakankar joins Jonathan Agnew to talk about his remarkable journey from cricket field to commentary box to boardroom.
15/12/20·32m 28s

The tour is cancelled – so what next?

Jonathan Agnew is joined by Michael Vaughan after England’s tour to South Africa is cancelled after positive Covid-19 tests. South African journalist Firdose Moonda discusses the implications for South Africa – will any teams still be confident enough to tour the cash-strapped country? And what does it mean for the players, many of whom are already showing signs of ‘bubble fatigue’?
07/12/20·30m 15s

1st T20I vs SA: Brutal Bairstow blasts England to victory

Jonathan Agnew is joined by Tymal Mills and Andy Zaltzman to look at England’s five-wicket win over South Africa in the first T20 at Cape Town, helped by Jonny Bairstow’s brutal career-best 86 not out. But is number four where Bairstow should be batting? Tymal Mills explains why he should always be one of the first names on the teamsheet, but it’s a mixed day for the Curran family as Sam shines, but Tom has trouble. And Tymal praises the bowling action of a fellow left-arm quick… former England goalkeeper Joe Hart.
27/11/20·31m 7s

#40from40: John Lithgow

John Lithgow, star of Third Rock from the Sun and The Crown, spends a memorable half hour with Jonathan Agnew at the Oval during a Test match against India in 2007.
26/11/20·27m 50s

Voices of the World: Fazeer Mohammed

West Indies commentator Fazeer Mohammed talks to Jonathan Agnew about his broadcasting career, the day he sang a calypso on TMS and how his family are Brian Lara's electricians!
24/11/20·38m 17s

#40from40: Toby Jones

Star of stage and screen Toby Jones takes a View from the Boundary at the Oval in 2019, telling Daniel Norcross how he keeps across Test cricket wherever he is in the world.
19/11/20·39m 22s

#40from40: Sebastian Faulks

Sebastian Faulks, award-winning author of Birdsong and Charlotte Grey, chats to Simon Mann at Lord's in 2011. Faulks discusses his deep love of cricket and his writing process.
19/11/20·36m 35s

Voices of the World: Jim Maxwell

Australian broadcasting icon Jim Maxwell talks through his remarkable career with Jonathan Agnew, discussing his favourite TMS memories and how he first got behind the microphone.
17/11/20·38m 47s

TMS does the IPL: Mumbai win a fifth title

Simon Mann, Nikesh Rughani and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala discuss the conclusion of the 2020 IPL. Plus, thoughts and analysis on the Women's T20 Challenge.
10/11/20·36m 25s

TMS does the IPL: Ben Stokes Special

England all-rounder Ben Stokes scored a brilliant unbeaten 100 to keep the qualification hopes of Rajasthan Royals alive. In an exclusive interview Stokes speaks to Isa Guha about opening the batting, his rollercoaster three years and why he wouldn’t wish quarantine on his greatest enemy!
26/10/20·21m 49s

TMS does the IPL: Sunrisers Hyderabad special with Rashid Khan and Jonny Bairstow

Aatif Nawaz & Daniel Norcross reflect on an extraordinary few days at the IPL with ties, super overs and amazing performances. We also focus on Sunrisers Hyderabad as we’re joined by superstar Afghan spinner Rashid Khan and Jonny Bairstow reveals the secret of his opening partnership with Ashes rival David Warner.
19/10/20·48m 31s

TMS does the IPL: Kings XI special, including Pooran on THAT save

Nicholas Pooran joins Aatif Nawaz and Daniel Norcross to talk through his incredible gravity-defying save over the boundary, as well as what life is like in the IPL bubble. Plus Sheldon Cottrell tells us why a friend’s Covid diagnosis made him take the virus so seriously, and Mandeep Singh explains the Punjabi spirit behind the team.
06/10/20·42m 5s

The International Summer concludes

Insight and analysis from the Test Match Special team - including interviews with top players and special features.
30/09/20·40m 53s

Maxwell & Carey steal the show & champagne moments from an extraordinary summer

Reaction from Old Trafford where England's men played their last match of the summer, as Alex Carey and Glenn Maxwell both hit centuries for Australia to clinch a thrilling 2-1 series victory in the final one day international. We hear from both batsman on their record-breaking 212-run partnership as well as England captain Eoin Morgan, who reviews his side's performances with the white ball. The TMS team also discuss their champagne moments from an unprecedented summer of cricket that never looked like happening after the coronavirus outbreak. Picture: Glenn Maxwell of Australia embraces Alex Carey of Australia after reaching his century during the 3rd Royal London One Day International Series match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
16/09/20·50m 11s

Incredible England comeback sets up series decider

Jonathan Agnew is joined by former England captain Michael Vaughan to react to an astonishing 24-run win for Eoin Morgan's side in the second one day international, which sets up a series decider with Australia on Wednesday. We hear from both captains Aaron Finch and Morgan as well as bowler Chris Woakes to get their thoughts on a thrilling encounter. WIth the last England international of the summer approaching on Wednesday, Aggers is joined by Lancashire Chief Executive Daniel Gidney and Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove to discuss how this summer's matches were organised in regards to the bio-secure bubbles at both Old Trafford and the Ageas Bowl. Picture: Adil Rashid of England celebrates the wicket of Alex Carey of Australia and victory in the 2nd Royal London One Day International Series match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford on September 13, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB)
13/09/20·38m 24s

Hazlewood heroics and the brilliant 'Bumble'

James Anderson and Jonathan Agnew react to England's 19-run defeat by Australia in the ODI series opener. We hear from captains Eoin Morgan and Aaron Finch as well as Sam Billings who scored a maiden international century. Then Aggers is joined by David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd to talk about his new book covering his career in the game as a player, umpire, coach and commentator. We discuss the star-studded Lancashire side he captained, recount tales of Bob Willis and Geoffrey Boycott, and get his take on the modern game including where he ranks Ben Stokes among the sport’s greats.
11/09/20·45m 21s

#40from40: Al Murray

Award-winning comedian Al Murray - creator of the The Pub Landlord - joins Jonathan Agnew for a memorable interview in 2014.
03/09/20·38m 32s

#40from40: Len Goodman

Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman joins Aggers during the 2013 Ashes Test at Lord's and talks about an exciting cricketing past.
03/09/20·35m 0s

Pakistan win thriller despite Moeen Ali heroics

Pakistan squared the T20 series against England with an exciting 5 run win in the 3rd T20 at Emirates Old Trafford. Daniel Norcross is joined by James Anderson, Aatif Nawaz and England World Cup winner Alex Hartley to review the game plus we hear from Moeen Ali, Mohammad Hafeez and Eoin Morgan.
01/09/20·31m 29s

Jimmy Anderson – 600 wickets, but I don’t feel tired

Just three days after becoming the first ever fast bowler to get 600 Test wickets, Jimmy Anderson joins the Test Match Special team on a rain-delayed first T20 international between England and Pakistan. Jimmy reveals how he celebrated his 600th Test wicket, why he can’t wait to bowl to Virat Kohli again, whether he’s likely to play in the Ashes next year, and how much he enjoys batting.
28/08/20·43m 46s

Day 5: Anderson’s 600, an England series win and the Headingley miracle one year on

A momentous day for James Anderson as he becomes the first seamer to reach 600 Test wickets. Jonathan Agnew presents from the Ageas Bowl as the TMS team, including Michael Vaughan, Daniel Norcross and Andy Zaltzman, pays tribute. We hear from Anderson himself on his achievement and there’s further insight from his partner-in-crime Stuart Broad about Anderson’s ability, when he first became aware of him and their friendship. There are also reflections on England's series win over Pakistan including interviews with Joe Root, Azhar Ali and Jos Buttler. Lastly, one year on from England’s incredible 3rd Test win against Australia at Headingley, Jack Leach joins us to discuss all the memorable moments: his near-run-out, his vital single and the moment Ben Stokes won the match.
25/08/20·1h 13m

Day 4: Bad weather frustrates England and Anderson

Jonathan Agnew presents from the Ageas Bowl, where there was more frustration for everyone as rain and bad light meant a truncated fourth day between England and Pakistan in the 3rd Test. Following-on, the tourists reached 100-2, still 210 behind, but with the opportunity to save the match if they can bat out the final day. James Anderson took one of those dismissals to move to 599 Test wickets. However, with the forecast looking poor once again, could the rain thwart his bid for 600? Aggers and Mark Ramprakash discuss how important it might be for Anderson to reach that milestone tomorrow and we hear from England head coach Chris Silverwood. Lastly, a panel including Michael Vaughan and Ebony Rainford-Brent debate who has been England's player of the summer.
24/08/20·1h 5m

Day 3: England force the follow on

Jonathan Agnew presents a review of the third day of the 3rd test between England and Pakistan. Joe Root's side forced the follow on in Southampton after bowling out Pakistan for 273, despite the efforts of visiting captain Azhar Ali who scored an unbeaten 141. England could have dismissed the tourists earlier had they not dropped three catches in the space of 10 James Anderson deliveries. Anderson ultimately finished with figures of 5-56 and is now just two shy of 600 Test wickets. Aggers is joined by Michael Vaughan and Azhar Mahmood to discuss the action, while Dan Norcross speaks to Ali and the England spinner Dom Bess. On the anniversary of Brian Johnston's final TMS broadcast, we look at the connection between Brian, his former colleague and fellow TMS legend John Arlott, and the south coast.
23/08/20·50m 11s

Day 2: A run-fest for England

Jonathan Agnew presents from the Ageas Bowl as England strengthened their grip against Pakistan on day two of the 3rd and final Test. Zak Crawley's brilliant 267 and 152 from Jos Buttler helped England to a huge score of 583-8. Following their declaration, James Anderson struck three times to leave the tourists on 24-3. Former England captain Michael Vaughan gives his verdict on the day's play and we hear from Crawley and Buttler. Elsewhere, we find out why a Spitfire flew over the ground and Pakistan opener Shan Masood tells Aatif Nawaz about some of his team-mates and learning to speak like Geoff Boycott.
22/08/20·38m 32s

Day 1: Crawley comes of age

Jonathan Agnew presents from the Ageas Bowl where Zak Crawley's brilliant maiden century has put England in command of the 3rd and final Test against Pakistan. His 171 not out, and unbroken partnership of 205 with Jos Buttler, guided England from 127-4 to 332-4 at the close. Aggers is joined by Michael Vaughan and Azhar Mahmood to review the day, while Crawley tells Daniel Norcross how it feels to get his first century and why his dad will be the first person he calls. The outgoing ECB chairman Colin Graves explains how vital it's been for English cricket to have these series against Pakistan and West Indies and how he would improve the structure of county cricket, and Simon Hughes and the Rajasthan Royals owner Manoj Badale discuss their new book in which they outline how cricket can change post-COVID.
21/08/20·43m 31s

Day 5: England still lead the series as 2nd Test ends in a draw

Simon Mann presents from the Ageas Bowl where the 2nd Test between England and Pakistan finished in a draw. There was more rain but we finally got some play in the afternoon. England reached 110-4 in reply to Pakistan's 236 before the teams agreed to end proceedings. The result means Joe Root's side still lead 1-0 in the series. Michael Vaughan, Azhar Mahmood and Aatif Nawaz dissect what little cricket we saw across the five days and debate how the two sides will approach the final Test which starts later this week. Jonathan Agnew gets reaction from Root and Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali about the match and how the sport can get round the bad light issues that affected this Test, while Andy Zaltzman provides some statistical analysis including how England's declaration score compares with other low totals seen in previous matches.
17/08/20·22m 11s

Day 4: Here comes the rain again

Jonathan Agnew presents from the Ageas Bowl where there was play for 60 minutes...and then the rain fell. Play was abandoned with England on 7-1 after having finally bowled Pakistan out for 236. Aggers is joined by Michael Vaughan to discuss the little cricket they saw, while Simon Mann chats with England batting consultant Jonathan Trott about his involvement with the team. Following MS Dhoni's international retirement yesterday, Simon, Mark Ramprakash, Isa Guha, Andy Zaltzman and Prakash Wakankar discuss the man, his playing career and his significance to people in India.
16/08/20·48m 59s

Day 3: No play, Dhoni retires and Ask Ramps

No play at The Ageas Bowl as bad weather wiped out the third day of the 2nd Test between England and Pakistan. Bad light, rain and a wet outfield prevented Pakistan resuming on their overnight 223-9. Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan reflect on what might have been and a surreal day in Southampton which involved squash, playing the banjo and someone singing ‘Sweet Caroline’. They discuss the retirement from international cricket of MS Dhoni, with Michael explaining why he’s the best one-day captain he’s seen. Lastly, we take advantage of the lack of play to sit down with Mark Ramprakash to reflect on his career: who was his most awkward opponent, how could he join Surrey from Middlesex and which of the current England side could emulate his success on Strictly?
15/08/20·1h 5m

Day 2: Pakistan batsmen and poor weather frustrate England

Jonathan Agnew presents from the Ageas Bowl on a frustrating day two for England in the 2nd Test against Pakistan. Rain and bad light meant only 40.2 overs were possible as the tourists reached 223-9 with Mohammad Rizwan unbeaten on 60. Michael Vaughan and Azhar Mahmood join Aggers to discuss whether England got their tactics wrong and, looking ahead, if Pakistan's bowling attack could swing the match in their favour. There's reaction from Stuart Broad and we hear from Warwickshire Chief Executive Stuart Cain about plans to have some fans at the T20 Blast Finals Day. There's also a classic View from the Boundary with Waleed Khan, who survived being shot six times in the head during a terrorist attack in Pakistan when he was just 12 years old.
14/08/20·35m 48s

Day 1: Bowlers give England the upper hand

Jonathan Agnew presents from the Ageas Bowl where England's bowlers performed well on a rain-affected first day of the second Test against Pakistan. The tourists were 126-5 - James Anderson with two of those wickets to edge him that bit closer to the 600 mark - before rain and then bad light brought an early end to proceedings. Aggers is joined by Mark Ramprakash and Aatif Nawaz to chew over the day's play while there's reaction from Sam Curran. Elsewhere, Aatif, Azhar Mahmood and Simon Mann discuss Shoaib Akhtar's career on his 45th birthday, whether he deserved his bad boy reputation and his recent role as a game show host. There's also an interview with Dr Samara Afzal, one of the frontline NHS staff to be honoured during the West Indies series, with her name appearing on the shirt of Chris Woakes.
13/08/20·39m 12s

The World’s Fastest bowler – A Shoaib Akhtar Special

Isa Guha and Aatif Nawaz spend a lively half hour with the first man to break the 100 miles per hour barrier Shoaib Akhtar. Shoaib enjoyed a colourful 14 year international career with Pakistan and has since become an outspoken media performer. He discusses that famous fastest ball at the 2003 World Cup, shares memories of famous battles with Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar and Andrew Flintoff and he reveals how he thinks he’d be able to dismiss Virat Kohli these days.
09/08/20·26m 2s

Day 4: England fight back to beat Pakistan

Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where England produced an incredible comeback to snatch victory from Pakistan. Chasing 277, England looked all but beaten at 117-5, but pushed on by a Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler partnership of 139, they claimed a thrilling win by 3 wickets. Michael Vaughan, Azhar Mahmood, Mark Ramprakash and Simon Mann look at where it was won and lost. Aggers speaks to the respective captains Joe Root and Azhar Ali, as well as England heroes Buttler and Woakes, while TMS statistician Andy Zaltzman gives a historical perspective to England's win.
08/08/20·28m 37s

Day 3: England back in it?

Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where England have fought back to give themselves a glimmer of hope of winning the 1st Test against Pakistan. The home side took four wickets for 27 runs late on, including two for Ben Stokes, to leave the tourists on 137-8 - a lead of 244. Earlier Joe Root's side, who were 92-4 overnight, had managed to reach 219 in their first innings. Aggers is joined by Michael Vaughan, Azhar Mahmood and Vic Marks to review the day, while Henry Moeran interviews England batsman Ollie Pope. We also hear from film-maker and historian Anwar Akhtar about the importance of cricket in the British-Pakistani community and there's an interview with 83-year-old Old Trafford steward Stan Pritchard about his rapport with West Indies captain Jason Holder.
07/08/20·44m 44s

Day 2: England in trouble

Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where Pakistan are firmly in control of the 1st Test against England. After the tourists were all out for 326, with Shan Masood scoring a superb 156, their bowlers seized the moment to leave England on 92-4 at the close. Aggers, Michael Vaughan and Azhar Mahmood look back on the day while Henry Moeran interviews Masood and England bowler Jofra Archer, who discusses England's display and how he felt to miss the 2nd Test against West Indies when he broke the bio-secure protocols. There's also an interview with PCB chairman Ehsan Mani on why he thinks England should tour in Pakistan once again and whether we could see a Test match against neighbours India soon.
06/08/20·36m 30s

Day 1: A good start for Pakistan

Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where England endured a frustrating first day in the 1st Test against Pakistan. Rain interruptions and some excellent batting from Babar Azam allowed the tourists to finish the day on 139-2. Azhar Mahmood tells Aggers why he thinks it's been a good day for Pakistan while Michael Vaughan asks whether Azam could have a similar impact on this series as Steve Smith did in the 2019 Ashes. Dan Norcross gets reaction from England head coach Chris Silverwood and Pakistan opener Shan Masood and, with a new biography about the late Bob Willis being released this week, Aggers speaks to his widow Lauren and brother David about Headingley 81, Bob's style of punditry and his love of Bob Dylan.
05/08/20·47m 15s

#40from40: Sue Townsend

Sue Townsend, author of the cult classic Adrian Mole series, joins Aggers for a chat in 2012.
30/07/20·36m 30s

#40from40: Ken Bruce

Radio 2 presenter and host of Popmaster Ken Bruce joins Jonathan Agnew for a fascinating chat at Headingley in 2013.
30/07/20·31m 25s

Richards and Botham: rivalry and friendship

England 's 2020 Test series victory against West Indies will be the last time the two countries contest the Wisden Trophy. The next time they meet in a series they will play for the Richards-Botham Trophy, named after two legends of the game: Sir Viv Richards and Sir Ian Botham. In this special TMS podcast, the two men tell Isa Guha about their friendship, their period together as team-mates at Somerset and their rivalry on the pitch when on opposite sides for their respective nations.
28/07/20·30m 15s

Day 5: England win the series as Broad joins the 500 club

Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where England have won the third Test and the series against West Indies. It was a momentous day for Stuart Broad as he became only the second Englishman to take 500 Test wickets. Aggers, Michael Vaughan and Carlos Brathwaite review the series while we get reaction from Broad and the respective captains, Joe Root and Jason Holder. Broad's partner-in-crime Jimmy Anderson discusses their close relationship on and off the pitch, plus there are further tributes from former England skipper Alastair Cook and the chairman of the club where Broad played as a youngster.
28/07/20·57m 54s

Day 4: No play but there is Ask Carlos

Daniel Norcross presents from a wet Old Trafford on day four of the 3rd Test between England and West Indies. Play was abandoned due to the weather and will resume on the final day with the tourists on 10-2, chasing an unlikely 399 to win. Joe Root's side will need to take eight wickets to win the Test and series. Due to the washout Simon Mann took the opportunity to chat with summariser Carlos Brathwaite and asked him to answer some of our listeners' questions. Inevitably much of the discussion surrounded the World T20 Final in 2016 when he hit four successive sixes in the final over to lead West Indies to victory against England. He reveals what was going through his mind as Ben Stokes bowled at him in that finale and what was said between the pair afterwards. Amidst all the cricket talk, we also let Carlos have a go at doing the Shipping Forecast!
27/07/20·1h 13m

Remembering Graham Gooch's 333

Dan Norcross presents a bonus TMS podcast to commemorate the 30th anniversary of one of the most famous innings ever played at Lord's: when Graham Gooch scored 333 against India in the 1st Test. You'll hear a replay of a special programme presented by Jonathan Agnew featuring archive commentary and some of the main protagonists from that memorable 1990 match including Gooch himself, Kapil Dev and Mohammad Azharuddin. Then Dan, Phil Tufnell, Andy Zaltzman and Vic Marks get together to recall their memories and talk about Gooch's England career.
27/07/20·52m 39s

Day 3: Broad on the cusp of 500 wickets as England have victory in sight

Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where England are on the verge of a series win over West Indies following the third day of the deciding Test. Stuart Broad’s six wickets across two innings have not only brought Joe Root’s side close to victory but also left the bowler just one away from 500 career Test wickets. His four in four overs had the tourists 197 all out, 172 behind. England later declared on 226-2 with Rory Burns hitting 90 and Dom Sibley and Root scoring 56 and 68 respectively to set Jason Holder’s side a target of 399. But thanks to Broad's efforts with the ball, the tourists finished on 10-2 in their second innings at the close. Aggers, Michael Vaughan and Carlos Brathwaite discuss the action while Simon Mann gets the thoughts of Burns and Roston Chase. There’s also an interview with Surrey chief Executive Rchard Gould and a Surrey fan as the Oval held the first sporting event in England with a crowd since lockdown began.
26/07/20·28m 14s

Day 2: Relentless England bowlers swing it England's way

Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where England are in a good position to win the 3rd Test - and the series - against the West Indies. Stuart Broad's rapid-fire 62 helped Joe Root's side to a total of 369. He and his old pal Jimmy Anderson then took two wickets apiece as the tourists closed on 137-6. Aggers, Michael Vaughan and Carlos Brathwaite pick over the day's play while Eleanor Oldroyd chats both to Broad and to Kemar Roach, who joined an exclusive group of West Indian bowlers to take 200 Test wickets. Elsewhere, there's an interview with two sisters who have composed Full Tosca - TMS: The Opera during lockdown and we rewind to 1991 to hear a classic View from the Boundary interview with the legendary actor Peter O'Toole, who recalls playing cricket on the set of Lawrence of Arabia with Omar Sharif.
25/07/20·35m 53s

Day 1: Pope provides belief for England

Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where England have the upper hand after the first day of the 3rd test between England and the West Indies. After looking shaky at 122-4, unbeaten knocks of 91 from Ollie Pope and 56 from Jos Buttler leave Joe Root’s side in a good position. Michael Vaughan, Carlos Brathwaite and Aggers look back on the day while Eleanor Oldroyd speaks to Pope about his innings and whether he’ll be able to sleep with a century so close. Sir Andrew Strauss joins Aggers to discuss his late's wife's foundation on Red For Ruth day.
24/07/20·34m 19s

Day 4: England victory hopes still alive

Jonathan Agnew presents the TMS podcast after an exciting fourth day of the second Test between England and the West Indies at Old Trafford. England will begin the final day 219 runs ahead on 37-2 after the tourists were bowled out for 287. Aggers, Michael Vaughan and Carlos Brathwaite review a lively final session that saw Stuart Broad take 3 wickets in 14 deliveries and Joe Root send out Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler to open their second innings. Eleanor Oldroyd speaks to Broad and West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite and there’s an interview with West Indies chief executive Johnny Grave about the decision to send the team to play in England and how COVID-19 could affect the game on the islands.
19/07/20·31m 17s

#40from40: Stilgoe and Skellern

Singers Richard Stilgoe and Peter Skellern talk - and sing - with Brian Johnston at the Oval in 1983.
16/07/20·27m 14s

#40from40: Piers Morgan

TV star and former newspaper editor Piers Morgan gives a fascinating interview during a Test match at Old Trafford in 2007.
16/07/20·32m 39s

#40from40: Max Boyce MBE

Singer and comedian Max Boyce enjoys the first Test match in Cardiff during the memorable Ashes series of 2009. Look out for some wonderful stories of Sir Ian Botham in pantomime!
02/07/20·31m 40s

#40from40: Richard Thompson OBE

Guitar hero Richard Thompson joins Jonathan Agnew for a memorable chat and live performance in 2014.
02/07/20·31m 17s

England vs West Indies Classics: Lord's 2000

Jonathan Agnew is joined by Fazeer Mohammed and Andy Zaltzman to discuss a remarkable Test match between England and West India at Lord's in 2000.
26/06/20·32m 35s

#40from40: Mishal Husain

Today presenter Mishal Husain gives a fascinating insight into the world of journalism in an interview at the Oval in 2016.
25/06/20·37m 3s

#40from40: Richard Osman

TV's Pointless star Richard Osman joins Aggers during the day/night Test at Edgbaston in 2017 to discuss his love of cricket and career in television.
25/06/20·34m 5s

England vs West Indies Classics: Old Trafford 1995

Jonathan Agnew, Fazeer Mohammed and Andy Zaltzman remember a brilliant Test match at Old Trafford in the summer of 1995.
19/06/20·32m 27s

#40from40: Graham Taylor and Roy Hodgson

Former England football managers Graham Taylor and Roy Hodgson chat about their love of cricket and careers in football in interviews from 1991 and 2012.
18/06/20·36m 24s

#40from40: Nobby Stiles MBE

England World Cup winner Nobby Stiles takes a 'View from the Boundary' at Old Trafford in 1997.
18/06/20·33m 4s

England vs West Indies Classics: Headingley 1991

Jonathan Agnew is joined by Andy Zaltzman and Fazeer Mohammed to look back on a memorable win for England against West Indies at Headingley in 1991.
12/06/20·29m 8s

#40from40: Gary Neville

Former Manchester United and England right-back Gary Neville reveals his stellar cricketing past during a fascinating interview from 2013.
11/06/20·26m 4s

#40from40: Brian Johnston CBE

Brian Johnston has the tables turned and becomes the interviewee on the occasion of his 80th birthday in 1992.
11/06/20·24m 9s

England vs West Indies Classics: Lord's 1984

Jonathan Agnew presents a special podcast remembering the classic England vs West Indies Test played at Lord's in 1984. Look out for some iconic TMS commentary memories.
05/06/20·35m 26s

#40from40: Sir Christopher Lee

Sir Christopher Lee, star of over 200 films and one of Britain's finest actors, takes a View from the Boundary with Brian Johnston at Lord's in 1987.
04/06/20·33m 51s

#40from40: Dame Penelope Keith

BAFTA-winning acting great Dame Penelope Keith joins Jonathan Agnew in 2000 to discuss her varied career, including a starring role as Margot in The Good Life.
04/06/20·24m 8s

#40from40: Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE

Olympic gold medal winner with Team GB's hockey stars in 2016, Helen Richardson-Walsh chats to Jonathan Agnew a year on in 2017.
28/05/20·35m 5s

#40from40: Sir Elton John

Music legend Sir Elton John speaks to Jonathan Agnew from his piano stool in 2006. Look out for a musical interlude featuring Freddie Flintoff!
28/05/20·27m 39s

#40from40: Eric Clapton CBE

Guitarist Eric Clapton talks to Jonathan Agnew in 2008 about his remarkable career and love of cricket.
21/05/20·22m 33s

#40from40: Nicholas Parsons CBE

Nicholas Parsons - actor, comedian and long-time host of Radio 4's 'Just a Minute' - joins Jonathan Agnew for a View from the Boundary in 2007.
20/05/20·54m 8s

#40from40: Dame Cressida Dick

Dame Cressida Dick, the first woman to be Metropolitan Police Commissioner and self-confessed wicket-keeping disaster, joins Jonathan Agnew for a View from the Boundary in 2018.
14/05/20·40m 47s

#40from40: Sir Trevor McDonald

Sir Trevor McDonald takes a View from the Boundary with Henry Blofeld in 2004, discussing his life and career in broadcasting.
14/05/20·28m 12s

Tuffers and Vaughan: “We’re a long way off confirming West Indies tour”

Mark Chapman, Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan bring you the latest on when we may get some live cricket. West Indies chief executive Johnny Grave joins the discussion. Plus, they look back 10 years to England’s World T20 win and debate the best commentator XI.
13/05/20·54m 43s

KP and Colly remember England’s World T20 triumph

10 years on from England’s first ever triumph in a men’s global tournament, man of the tournament Kevin Pietersen and captain Paul Collingwood look back on the 2010 World T20 win in the Caribbean. Find out how a mascot called Lucky, taking golf clubs to training and a late change at the top of the order all helped England lift their first ever ICC trophy.
13/05/20·30m 34s

#40from40: Sid Waddell

Darts commentary legend Sid Waddell chats to Simon Mann in 2005, reflecting on his life and career behind the microphone.
07/05/20·26m 40s

#40from40: Mark Webber

Motorsport star Mark Webber takes a View from the Boundary at the Oval in 2011, giving Jonathan Agnew a fascinating insight into life in an F1 car.
07/05/20·37m 38s

Remembering Edgbaston 2005

A special programme from 2015 as Michael Vaughan shares his memories of the 2005 Edgbaston Ashes Test. Plus, we hear from listeners telling us where they were when England won.
05/05/20·45m 25s

#40from40: Paul Merton

Comedian and broadcaster Paul Merton joins Aggers for a rainy 'View from the Boundary' at the Oval in 2013.
30/04/20·51m 45s

#40from40: Roy Hudd OBE

The final 'View from the Boundary' conducted by the legendary Brian Johnston as he's joined by comedian Roy Hudd in 1993.
30/04/20·26m 39s

#40from40: Hugh Grant and Russell Crowe

Actors Hugh Grant (in 2005) and Russell Crowe (in 2009) visit the Test Match Special commentary box to discuss their love of cricket.
23/04/20·16m 47s

#40from40: Sir Sam Mendes

Oscar-winning director Sir Sam Mendes has a break from James Bond duties to take a 'View from the Boundary' in 2015.
23/04/20·34m 7s

#40from40: Rory Bremner

Comedian and impressionist Rory Bremner joins Brian Johnston to take View From the Boundary during the Ashes of 1985 and gets a big surprise...
16/04/20·26m 15s

#40from40: Waleed Khan

16-year-old Waleed Khan joins TMS at Headingley in 2018 to tell a remarkable story of courage, survival and hope.
16/04/20·48m 6s

#40from40: Peter O'Toole

Actor Peter O'Toole, star of Lawrence of Arabia, takes a 'View from the Boundary' with Brian Johnston in 1991.
09/04/20·28m 57s

#40from40: Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe chats to Jonathan Agnew on his 18th birthday during a Test against India in 2007.
09/04/20·28m 44s

#40from40: Happy Birthday Aggers!

In honour of Jonathan Agnew's 60th birthday, we listen back to a special interview from 2016 when Aggers was asked the questions by Sir Michael Parkinson.
04/04/20·39m 6s

#40from40: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh chats to Brian Johnston about his love of cricket in a classic 'View from the Boundary' interview from 1987.
02/04/20·28m 42s

#40from40: John Cleese

Actor and comedian John Cleese joins Brian Johnston for a memorable interview during a Test match Headingley in 1986.
02/04/20·21m 11s

#40from40: Malala Yousafzai

Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai chats to Simon Mann at Edgbaston in 2016 in a memorable View from the Boundary interview.
30/03/20·16m 33s

#40from40: Lily Allen

Pop star Lily Allen chats to Jonathan Agnew in a 2009 interview that remains one of Test Match Special's most famous moments.
30/03/20·35m 45s

#40from40: Ben Travers

Brian Johnston chats to playwright Ben Travers in the very first View from the Boundary interview. Look out for memories of watching WG Grace amongst and many extraordinary tales.
30/03/20·26m 43s

The Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show

Mark Champan, Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan bring you the latest news from the world of cricket, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the sport. With professional cricket currently off – which area will feel it most? The County Championship, the Royal London Cup, the T20 Blast, England's Tests, ODIs or The Hundred? And once we're through this crisis, what could the domestic game look like? Will it have changed at all?
23/03/20·27m 24s

Will rain wash away England's World Cup dream?

With rain forecast in Sydney, the two Women's T20 World Cup semi finals are in serious doubt and England could be eliminated without a ball bowled. Henry Moeran is joined by England stars Kate Cross and Alex Hartley, plus BBC Sport's Amy Lofthouse to discuss what it all means.
04/03/20·32m 9s

Tuffers and Vaughan: Third Test Preview

Mark Chapman brings you the first Tuffers and Vaughan of 2020. With Michael away, Graham Onions stands in to help Phil preview England’s third test. Plus, England opener Dom Sibley talks about life as a Test opener and we look at how Jimmy Anderson keeps himself going at the age of 37.
13/01/20·52m 47s

Bob Willis 1949-2019

Eleanor Oldroyd pays tribute to former England captain Bob Willis, who has died at the age of 70. His teammates Mike Brearley, Vic Marks and David Gower share their memories of him, including Willis' memorable performance during 1981 Ashes series at Headingley.
04/12/19·39m 9s

The Oval day 4: What a summer

We hear from Joe Root, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Steve Smith after England's 135-run win at The Oval meant a drawn Ashes series for the first time in 47 years. Michael Vaughan has his say on why this result will be significant for Root's leadership of the side going forward, Alec Stewart says Ashley Giles has big decisions to make in the post Trevor Bayliss, and Glenn McGrath gets the final word on the pod as the urn heads back to Australia.
15/09/19·38m 50s

The Oval day 3: Denly guides England towards victory

Michael Vaughan, Glenn McGrath and Alec Stewart have their say on England batting themselves into a strong position to win the match and tie the series. We hear from Joe Denly on his amazing week; the birth of his daughter now followed by a new highest Test score of 96 which Michael Vaughan says will be enough to ensure he's on the winter tours to New Zealand and South Africa. Plus, Aggers chats to Kevin Roberts on leading Cricket Australia out of the ball tampering scandal, English crowds booing David Warner, and his upcoming visit to Pakistan with a view to touring the country in 2022.
14/09/19·38m 50s

Old Trafford Day 4: England left needing another miracle

Michael Vaughan says England will need a 'Michael Atherton in Johannesburg type innings' (185 not out off 492 balls having occupied the crease for over 10 hours) to secure a draw and keep their Ashes hopes alive heading into the final Test at The Oval. Coach Trevor Bayliss says his side can pull off another incredible escape, and we hear from Australia's team mentor Steve Waugh on Steve Smith’s monumental performances. Away from the cricket, we catch up with James Pattinson about his love of English football and in particular Grimsby Town!
07/09/19·24m 48s

View from the Boundary: Jeremy Bowen

Long-time BBC Middle East editor and fanatical cricket listener Jeremy Bowen joins Aggers to chat covering upwards of twenty wars across the globe, expecting to die in conflicts, and how following cricket enabled him to escape the gravity of his work. Also up for discussion; how to interview figures like Colonel Gaddafi, and nine months on from his bowel cancer diagnosis, the importance of screening and early diagnosis of the disease.
07/09/19·36m 28s

Old Trafford Preview: Can England capitalise on Stokes’ heroics?

Jonathan Agnew and ABC’s Geoff Lemon look ahead to the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford where England will look to capitalise on Ben Stokes' heroics at Headingley with the five-match series tied at 1-1. You’ll hear from England captain Joe Root on why Craig Overton has replaced Chris Woakes. Australia captain Tim Paine also comes on to the TMS podcast to talk about how Steve Waugh is helping them to prepare for the fourth test and the return Steve Smith which also means the return of his battle with England pace bowler Jofra Archer. We also get an update from England bowler James Anderson now he's out for the rest of the Test series with his calf injury, as well as hearing from his opening partner Stuart Broad on his longevity in Test cricket.
03/09/19·28m 12s

Headingley Day 2: The Day England lost the Ashes?

Michael Vaughan says the Ashes are heading back to Australia as a dismal English total of 67 looks to have gift wrapped victory for the tourists at Headingley. Alastair Cook and Geoffrey Boycott have their say on why England's batting has been so bad for so long and what needs to change. You'll also hear from batting coach Graham Thorpe and Australian quick Josh Hazlewood who took 5-30.
23/08/19·33m 12s

Headingley Day 1: Archer stars again as Australia lose 8 wickets in a session

Michael Vaughan and Sir Alastair Cook react to a day of a huge momentum swings at Headingley. Rain, bad light, David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne frustrated England until a wild last session with Jofra Archer tearing through Australia's lower order. You'll hear from Archer himself and David Warner after his best innings of the series by far. Plus, Michael Vaughan has some strong opinions on the lack of English coaches in next summer's inaugural Hundred competition.
22/08/19·36m 23s

Headingley preview: Can Australia cope without Steve ‘Gandalf’ Smith?

Jonathan Agnew and ABC’s Geoff Lemon look ahead to the third Ashes Test at Headingley where England have an opportunity to level the series – which Australia lead 1-0. You’ll hear from England captain Joe Root on why he thinks Jofra Archer made such in impact in the second Test at Lord’s with his “unique bowling style.” Australia captain Tim Paine also comes on to the TMS podcast to talk about how they are preparing ahead of the third Test after Steve Smith was ruled out with concussion. You’ll find out why Geoff Lemon thinks Steve Smith is like a particular Lords of the Rings character and we get an update on England bowler James Anderson – will he recover from his calf injury in time to make the fourth Test at Old Trafford?
21/08/19·26m 49s

Tuffers and Vaughan: Jofra has shifted the momentum

Phil and Michael talk about the momentum shift in the Ashes series after Jofra Archer’s hostile bowling at Lord’s, which will ‘send shivers down the rest of the Australian batting unit’. Michael has a warning for Joe Root over how much he uses Archer, and says that facing him in the nets should be banned for English batsmen. Plus we speak to brain injury association Headway, who have some strong words for Cricket Australia over their decision to allow Steve Smith to bat again after being struck by Archer.
19/08/19·48m 43s

Lord's Day 1: Archer gets his cap & Mitchell Johnson's Ashes memories

Mitchell Johnson joins the pod to chat about his first experience of playing international cricket at Lord's when he went at more than 6 an over. He talks about dealing with a lack of confidence, hitting his peak after turning 30, and the highs and lows of one of the most exciting careers in the history of Ashes cricket.
14/08/19·28m 26s

Andrew Strauss and Glenn McGrath on the devastating impact of cancer

Ahead of the Ruth Strauss Foundation Day at Lord’s, Andrew Strauss sat down with Glenn McGrath to talk about the impact of losing their wives to cancer, but also the foundations they’ve set up in their names, and how cricket can help raise funds and awareness. Jonathan Agnew, whose wife is in remission from cancer, hosts the discussion as Lord’s prepares to turn red for the day.
14/08/19·37m 44s

Lord’s Preview: Can England bounce back?

Jonathan Agnew and Geoff Lemon look ahead to the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. We hear from Joe Root on what Jofra Archer could do on his Test debut. Australia captain Tim Paine explains why they’ve changed a bowler from Edgbaston, and Jack Leach tells us why, after being dropped for the Edgbaston Test, he paid £10 to play club cricket instead.
13/08/19·30m 3s

Tuffers and Vaughan: The Second Test Preview

England coach Paul Collingwood joins the pod to talk putting Edgbaston behind them, a new-look side without Jimmy or Moeen, and whether there's an emotional hang over from the World Cup win. Plus, we hear from Jofra Archer on a potential Ashes debut and his knack for prophetic tweets.
12/08/19·50m 5s

Edgbaston Day 5: Epic Aussie victory and a McGrath 5-0 prediction

Michael Vaughan, Glenn McGrath and Geoffrey Boycott have their say on a Nathan Lyon-inspired Australia taking a 1-0 lead in the Ashes. We discuss whether some of England's players are experiencing an emotional hangover from their World Cup victory, ask what changes should be made for Lord's, and ponder if Australia are simply the better side if there's not going to be any lateral movement in this series. We also hear from Joe Root and man of the match Steve Smith.
05/08/19·30m 6s

Inside the Mind of an Ashes Captain

Michael Vaughan speaks to Sir Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss, Allan Border and Ian Chappell about what it's like captaining in cricket's oldest rivalry. Andrew Strauss reveals how being insulted in a lift by a member of the Barmy Army fuelled his desire to win the Ashes in 2010-11, whilst for Allan Border it was being sledged by the Australian Prime Minister on TV.
30/07/19·57m 3s

Tuffers and Vaughan: England are World Champions

Did that really happen? Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan are back together after the most incredible cricket match that saw England crowned as World Champions. We go through the last 20 balls of the match, ball-by-ball, to relive the most incredible drama Lord's has ever seen. And Tuffers suggests that Jofra Archer 'roll his trousers up'. Us neither.
15/07/19·1h 19m

CWC Day 46: Cricket’s coming home

Jonathan Agnew presents all the reaction from Lords as England have won their first ever Cricket World Cup by scoring more boundaries than New Zealand in a super over after it ended as a tie. Michael Vaughan, Jimmy Anderson, Phil Tufnell, Alec Stewart, Jeremy Coney and Simon Mann all reflect on England’s dramatic victory. Eoin Morgan, Trevor Bayliss, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler all come onto the TMS podcast to celebrate an historic day.
14/07/19·45m 48s

CWC Day 45: The Final Countdown

The day before the World Cup final, Eoin Morgan joins Jonathan Agnew to explain just what winning the tournament would mean to him, and to the game in this country. We hear from Mark Wood, who promises that he’ll bring his horse back if England win, and from Brendon McCullum, the man who has heavily influenced both sides. Jeremy Coney compares the final to Agincourt, with Kane Williamson as Henry V, and Jimmy Anderson talks us through England’s last World Cup failure in 2015, and we look at why it could be so different this time.
13/07/19·48m 48s

CWC Day 44: Team of the tournament

Jimmy Anderson, Isa Guha, Andy Zaltzman and Prakash Wakankar go through their team of the World Cup so far. Plus Eleanor Oldroyd and Simon Mann reveal the results of a BBC Sport online poll to find out who has been selected by the public.
12/07/19·38m 39s

CWC Day 43: Is cricket coming home?

Did it really happen? Michael Vaughan and Sir Alastair Cook join Jonathan Agnew to relive England’s emphatic win over Australia that puts them into Sunday’s final, where they’ll meet New Zealand. Eoin Morgan exclusively reveals to us that this win is ‘definitely one of the better days’ that he’s had. In another understatement, Jofra Archer tells us that the world cup has gone ‘pretty alright’ for him.
11/07/19·38m 30s

CWC Day 42: England prepare for Aussies, as New Zealand stun India

Jonathan Agnew speaks to England captain Eoin Morgan ahead of their World Cup semi-final against Australia at Edgbaston - we're also joined by former Australia captain Steve Waugh, who possibly isn't the type of man to walk around a ground barefoot. But the current captain has gone to see The Queen's Corgi at the cinema in preparation for the match. Meanwhile, New Zealand stun India to reach the World Cup final - we hear from Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, and a very happy Jeremy Coney.
10/07/19·50m 46s

CWC Day 41: NZ vs India on hold, barefoot Aussies and departing Chief Execs

Jonathan Agnew is joined by former New Zealand captain Jeremy Coney and Prakash Wakankar on a frustrating day at Old Trafford, where rain has halted the semi-final between New Zealand and India after 46 overs of the New Zealand innings. Liam Plunkett tells us that he doesn’t think England will be adopting Australia’s barefoot Edgbaston walkabout approach, the outgoing chief exec of the ICC, Dave Richardson, talks free-to-air tv, World Cup formats, and the progress he’s made as he departs his role, and we hear from a family of India fans who drove to the World Cup. From Singapore.
09/07/19·40m 7s

Tuffers and Vaughan: The semi final preview

Tuffers is off again this week, so Paul Farbrace takes his place as he joins Michael to look ahead to the World Cup semi-finals. Michael works out a unique way to motivate the England players, Paul tells a story about when Tuffers once hid behind a sightscreen to avoid a fielding drill, and Ebony Rainford Brent explains where it's all going wrong for England in the Women's Ashes.
08/07/19·55m 37s

CWC Day 38: Rohit shines at Headingley and Australia lose their final group game

Rohit Sharma became the first man to score five centuries in a single World Cup as India chased down 265 with 6.3 overs to spare at Headingley. We hear from Charles Dagnell, Prakash Wakankar and Jeremy Coney on their assessment of the match. Meanwhile Australia fell 10 runs short in the competition's final group game at Old Trafford. We hear from former England cricketer Graeme Swan for his thoughts ahead of England’s semi-final against Australia, and England women all-rounder Natalie Sciver ahead of their third and final ODI.
07/07/19·46m 47s

CWC Day 34: India through, Bangladesh out and England’s date with destiny

Eoin Morgan joins the pod ahead of England’s date with destiny against New Zealand. The England captain discusses the success of the team meeting he held prior to the India win, why the loss to NZ in the 2015 World Cup remains one of the lowest moments of his career, and if he's going to bat first if he wins the toss going forward. There’s also reaction from Edgbaston as India book their semi-final spot and eliminate Bangladesh in the process. Criticism of MS Dhoni won’t go away but Prakash Wakankar tells us he’s India’s most selfless cricketer.
02/07/19·41m 6s

CWC Day 33: The art of opening and West Indies fall short. Again.

After his heroics against India, England's Jason Roy takes us inside the mind of an opener. Graeme Swann and Jeremy Coney look ahead to England against New Zealand. We reflect on Sri Lanka beating West Indies in a thriller at Chester-le-Street with Sir Curtly Ambrose, and you'll hear from captain Heather Knight as England prepare to face Australia in the Women's Ashes.
01/07/19·39m 34s

CWC Day 32: Bairstow shines as England revive World Cup hopes

Jonathan Agnew, Michael Vaughan, Prakash Wakankar, Vic Marks and Andy Zaltzman discuss England’s crucial 31-run win over India at Edgbaston in the Cricket World Cup. Meanwhile, Aggers chats to Google chief executive Sundar Pichai and we make further inroads into our quest to find a listener to this podcast from every country in the world.
30/06/19·40m 28s

CWC Day 31: Pakistan squeeze past Afghanistan, and England prepare for India

The pressure is mounting on England after Pakistan squeezed past Afghanistan on day 31 – Aatif Nawaz and Daniel Norcross were watching at Headingley. Meanwhile Eoin Morgan joins the podcast to talk about Jonny Bairstow’s comments, Jason Roy’s fitness and the pitch at Edgbaston. Australia win yet again, this time against New Zealand at Lord’s, and we make progress in our efforts to find a listener to this podcast from every country in the world.
29/06/19·42m 15s

CWC Day 30: South Africa take the sting out of Sri Lanka's campaign

As a swarm of bees interrupts play at the Cricket World Cup, Charles Dagnall, Scott Read and ex-England assistant coach Paul Farbrace review South Africa's victory over Sri Lanka. It was a result which leaves Sri Lanka on the brink of elimination from the tournament. Jos Buttler speaks to Jonathan Overend as England's crunch game with India edges ever nearer. Ex-New Zealand captain Jeremy Coney and former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie assess the significance of Australia against New Zealand ahead of the sides' meeting at Lord's.
28/06/19·39m 8s

CWC Day 29: India thrash West-Indies to close in on semi-final

West Indies are knocked out of the World Cup after being comprehensively beaten by India at Old Trafford - Prakash Wakankar and Curtley Ambrose join Simon Mann to give their reaction. And with India still unbeaten and looking in fine fettle, can England get the result they desperately need on Sunday? James Anderson and Kris Srikkanth give their views on the crunch match at Edgbaston. Anderson also reflects on the career of Marcus Trescothick who has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
27/06/19·38m 45s

CWC Day 28: Pakistan win heaps pressure on England

Jeremy Coney and Aatif Nawaz join Charles Dagnall to reflect on Pakistan keeping their hopes of a World Cup semi-final place alive as they moved to within a point of England with a six-wicket victory over New Zealand. Also hear from Graeme Swann on England's troubles and Joe Root looks ahead to his side's vital match against India on Sunday.
26/06/19·38m 7s

CWC Day 27: England hopes hang in the balance as Australia march on

Michael Vaughan says England turned up at Lord's this morning with the look of a side who thought they could lose the game. Is the pressure of tournament cricket and the favourites tag really beginning to tell on Eoin Morgan's side? He says not, but that confidence needs to be re-built. India await at Edgbaston on Sunday by which time England could find themselves on the outside looking in for a semi-final qualification spot. You'll also get the post-match thoughts of Alec Stewart and Jim Maxwell, with interviews from Ben Stokes and Aaron Finch.
25/06/19·34m 52s

Tuffers and Vaughan: The fast bowling special

Sir Curtly Ambrose and Robin Smith explain the arts of both bowling fast, and facing pace. Curtly tells us that it’s all about building up a reputation, whilst Robin says that it helps to imagine a line half way down the pitch. Plus Ebony Rainford Brent joins us in place of Tuffers to speak about where England went wrong against Sri Lanka, and what they need to do against Australia. And we hear a from a very prescient Virat Kohli, with his pre-tournament prediction.
24/06/19·55m 45s

CWC Day 26: A big England Australia preview, a Bangladesh win, and an Afghan tantrum

Eoin Morgan joins the pod on the eve of England and Australia at Lord's. We ask if England will stick to their guns after the Sri Lanka defeat, look ahead to some of the tournament's most impressive fast bowlers going to head-to-head, and hear from Paul Farbrace on how to get David Warner out. Meanwhile, Bangladesh take care of business and beat Afghanistan thanks to you know who, Shakib Al Hasan, and there's a spectacular meltdown from Usman Shinwari at being stranded on 49.
24/06/19·40m 20s

CWC Day 25: South Africa out, Pakistan show promise, and Jimmy on pedalos

After a fifth defeat in seven matches South Africa become only the second side to be eliminated from the World Cup. We ask why they've been so sub-par. Predictably Pakistan bring their A-game in a backs-to-the-wall scenario, but do they have enough to mount a late assault on the semis? We hear from Jofra Archer as we look ahead to a massive match between England and Australia, plus Jimmy Anderson reflects on the 2007 tournament in the Caribbean where England failed to qualify from the Super 8s amidst the pedalo fiasco.
23/06/19·37m 13s

CWC Day 24: Afghan and West Indian chases fall just short on epic day

Two thrilling matches to recap as Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami combine at the death to deny Afghanistan arguably the greatest upset in World Cup history before six-hitting machine Carlos Brathwaite was a metre shy of completing what looked an impossible chase for the West Indies against New Zealand.
22/06/19·42m 8s

CWC Day 23: England stumble to Sri Lanka ahead of big pressure games

The Cricket World Cup cat is well and truly amongst the tournament pigeons as England suffer a second defeat of the group stage to bring Sri Lanka and Bangladesh back into the semi-final qualification picture. Michael Vaughan puts the shock loss down to failing to play intelligent cricket, Paul Farbrace says they didn't adapt to a slower pitch, and Eoin Morgan admits Sri Lanka would've been robbed had Ben Stokes seen his team home. No blame apportioned to England's bowlers for the result, we get James Anderson's analysis on their success so far, and we catch up with a cricket-loving star from the Harry Potter films.
21/06/19·41m 7s

CWC Day 22: New-look Warner guides Australia towards semi-finals

The new-look, less cavalier David Warner hits the highest individual score of the World Cup so far, his 166 the key to Australia's 48-run win over Bangladesh. Jim Maxwell thinks the new approach is at least partly injury enforced, Graeme Swann says he's trying to be a nicer guy to win people over within the game. Either way, is he a better batsman now? And what might that mean for the Ashes? We check in with Moeen Ali ahead of his 100th ODI appearance for England as they prepare for Sri Lanka. He chats the new addition to his family, Eoin Morgan's sublime innings, and the change in the team's identity since he first came into the side.
20/06/19·40m 40s

CWC Day 21: Clinical Kane and Woakes on bowling at the death

Jeremy Coney and Natalie Germanos join Simon Mann to look back on Kane Williamson’s superb century that helped New Zealand past South Africa in the tournament’s closest finish so far. We hear from Williamson himself, as well as a very disappointed Faf du Plessis. Plus, in a podcast exclusive, Chris Woakes explains just what goes through his mind when he bowls the final over of an innings, especially when defending a total. We also hear from former Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu, who has a warning for the future of the game in South Africa.
19/06/19·40m 3s

CWC Day 20: Captain Morgan's Joy of Six

England have gone top of the World Cup standings thanks to an astonishing blitz of six hitting from Eoin Morgan, writing himself into the record books in the process. And whilst it was Afghanistan's bowlers on the receiving end of the barrage, we discuss their remarkable journey from the sport being banned by the Taliban to mixing it with the best on the world stage.
18/06/19·37m 29s

Tuffers and Vaughan: Robin Smith opens up

Tuffers, Michael and Chappers are joined by former England batsman Robin Smith, who speaks very frankly an openly about his mental struggles when playing and after retiring, including depression, alcoholism and contemplating suicide. If you are feeling emotionally distressed and would like details of organisations which offer advice and support, go online to bbc.co.uk/actionline.
17/06/19·45m 38s

CWC Day 19: Sensational Shakib, wilting Windies and Curran for Love Island?

We're in the England camp ahead of the match with Afghanistan; Eoin Morgan refuses to rule out a return for the axed Alex Hales, whilst Mark Wood gives us the lowdown on his TV schedule. Curtly Ambrose is withering in his assessment of the West Indies' bowling as Bangladesh knock off the second highest run chase in World Cup history, and on its twentieth anniversary we replay the unbelievable finish to the 1999 semi-final at Edgbaston between Australia and South Africa.
17/06/19·44m 54s

CWC Day 18: India show their class to leave Pakistan on the brink

A Pakistani supporter may have arrived at the ground on an beautiful horse but there was nothing elegant about the performance of the men in green at Old Trafford. Former star all-rounder turned Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted before the match that Sarfaraz must be bold and bat first....he put India in and Rohit, Rahul and Kohli all made him pay. Graeme Swann and Prakash Wakankar give their assessment of the match whilst Aatif Nawaz has another chastening loss to his big rivals to stew on. You'll also hear from the two captains and KL Rahul.
16/06/19·33m 51s

CWC Day 17: Australia go top, Amla ambles, and the big India Pakistan preview

All eyes on Old Trafford for the most eagerly awaited match of the tournament as India and Pakistan face off. In this pod you’ll hear from Waqar Younis on what it’s like to play and coach in these games, plus a brilliant account of what this fixture means to fans with Doosra podcast host Aatif Nawaz. Meanwhile, Australia have gone to the top of table with victory over Sri Lanka. We speak to Jason Gillespie about Mitchell Starc’s brilliance, David Warner’s confusing scoring rates and why he thinks individual milestones in one-day cricket are overrated.
15/06/19·45m 4s

CWC Day 16: Root’s heroics, Woakes at 3, and England’s ‘perfect performance’

Michael Vaughan, Sir Alastair Cook and Jonathan Agnew reflect on England’s ‘perfect performance’ to beat West Indies by 8 wickets, but there are concerns about injuries to Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy. We hear from Joe Root, who scored a century and took two wickets, as well as Morgan and an angry Fazeer Mohammed tells us why he’s had enough of West Indies’ ‘showboating’. Glenn Hoddle joins the podcast to talk about his love of cricket, and what it was like to face Joel Garner. And Andy Zaltzman gets very excited as history is made as England win back-to-back victories at a World Cup against Test level opposition, and then even more excited as someone e-mails him about ‘Eddie Hemmings World’.
14/06/19·42m 20s

CWC Day 15: England await explosive West Indies

Alastair Cook chats England's task against the West Indies, whether or not Jason Roy could feature in the Ashes, the sleepless nights he had when leading England, and is joined by old friend Graeme Swann to reminisce about their days in the slip cordon. Plus, we check in with Eoin Morgan to ask if there's been a whip round for Moeen and his wife after the birth of their child. And as the quest for a listener in every country in the world hots up, we do our best to pronounce some of the lesser-known towns and cities from where you've been emailing in.
13/06/19·39m 23s

CWC Day 14: Warrior Warner, outstanding Amir and UN full member states

Finally a day with no rain! David Warner’s brilliant century helped Australia squeeze past Pakistan in a thrilling match in Taunton, despite a superb bowling display from Mohammad Amir – Waqar Younis tells us just what he thinks it will do for Amir, plus Michael Vaughan, Geoff Lemon and Aatif Nawaz give their thoughts on a brilliant match. Trevor Bayliss explains to us why he hasn’t been watching any non-England games at the World Cup, and we continue our quest to find a listener to the podcast in every country in the world. We’re nearly half way there.
12/06/19·42m 6s

CWC Day 13: Swanny's guide to rain delays and cricket-loving corgis

Yet more rain means Sri Lanka and Bangladesh never even take the field but fortunately Graeme Swann and Paul Farbrace are in superb form as they guide us through what happens in the dressing room during rain delays, how not to coach a player and the mentality of a successful spin bowler. Plus, Dan Norcross and Andy Zaltzman debate the pros and cons of moving the tournament to Mauritania.
11/06/19·41m 11s

CWC Day 12: Rain, retirements and the evolution of pace bowling

Pacemen Curtly Ambrose and Tymal Mills talk about their careers and how fast bowling has evolved and former Protea captain Graeme Smith discusses the mess South Africa find themselves in following AB de Villiers' attempted retirement U-turn.
10/06/19·42m 9s

CWC Day 11: Impeccable India, sticky bails, and David 'dot ball' Warner

Michael Vaughan says India are the best team in the tournament so far after a 36-run win over Australia. We try to make sense of the conservative Aussie chase, particularly from David Warner, and ask if it's only a matter of time until a sticky bail incident proves pivotal in the outcome of a match. Plus, we speak to Jimmy Anderson about his first World Cup experience with England back in 2003 when a decision to boycott their match in Zimbabwe ultimately cost them a place in the Super Sixes.
09/06/19·39m 13s

CWC Day 10: Jason Roy hits 153 as England beat Bangladesh in Cardiff

Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan react to England piling on their highest World Cup total in a 106-run defeat of Bangladesh, whilst New Zealand comfortably defeated Afghanistan. We also hear from James Anderson and Paul Farbrace as they reflect on England's elimination from the World Cup four years ago.
08/06/19·43m 29s

CWC Day 9: England set for Bangladesh and cricket theme parks

Pakistan and Sri Lanka fall foul of only the third washout in World Cup history so we speak to Eoin Morgan as England prepare to face their bogey side Bangladesh. We discover Mark Wood's been to Harry Potter World and Tymal Mills tells us about Jofra Archer’s many variations. Plus, we speak to the only English coach in the whole tournament.
07/06/19·46m 45s

CWC Day 8: Starc reminder, Plunkett's prep and the Windies rejuvenation

Nathan Coulter-Nile with the bat then Mitchell Starc with the ball earn Australia victory, their tenth ODI win on the spin. The West Indies may have come up short today but we get the inside story on this rejuvenated side with Curtly Ambrose and their recent Head Coach Stuart Law. We also hear from Liam Plunkett on diet, match preparation, and why he's given up alcohol.
06/06/19·43m 32s

CWC Day 7: No drama Sharma, New Zealand nerves and Trump the cricketer

India's tournament is up and running with Sharma, Chahal and Bumrah all in top form. We discuss Dhoni's role as the team's invaluable 'CPU', why South Africa's challenge still hasn't got going, and after his chopper flew over the Hampshire Bowl during play we ponder what kind of cricketer Donald Trump might be.
05/06/19·35m 27s

CWC Day 6: Wood and Woakes’ tweets, and the Wooden Spoon derby?

Jeremy Coney and Mel Jones join Simon Mann in a soggy Cardiff as Sri Lanka edge past Afghanistan. Chris Woakes and Mark Wood try to identify which of their teammates are Beliebers, which like Friends, and which like Made in Chelsea, based on old tweets. And will we ever see Dale Steyn in a South Africa shirt again? He’s out of the World Cup, but India are finally about to make their debut.
04/06/19·35m 23s

Tuffers and Vaughan: “Fielding cost England against Pakistan”

Injured England batsman Sam Billings sits in for Phil Tufnell as Pakistan shock the hosts to win by 14 runs at Trent Bridge. We discuss where England went wrong, how Wahab Riaz proved his own coach wrong, and why this has been a bowler's World Cup so far. Plus there’s an appearance from a hovercover. Or is it Michael’s hairdryer?
03/06/19·53m 14s

CWC Day 5: Big game Pakistan flip the script to beat England

Well, well, well, Pakistan stun England in a major tournament once again. You'll hear from Michael Vaughan, Joe Root and Wahab Riaz on where the match was won and lost. Were there nerves in the England ranks? Sir Viv Richards drops by to explain what it's like to handle the pressure of being pre-tournament favourites. And Graeme Swann and Fazeer Mohammed have a bit of a ding dong over Mankadding.
03/06/19·35m 4s

CWC Day 4: Time for South Africa to press the panic button?

Are South Africa's worst nightmares about this World Cup already materialising? Do Bangladesh have the quality to challenge any side at the tournament? Questions posed by Dan Norcross and answered by Alec Stewart, Natalie Germanos and Roushan Alam on this episode of the TMS podcast at the World Cup. Andy Zaltzman's also on the pod to discuss whether 'pulled crickets' will ever become a thing, and the best crowd catches he's ever seen. You'll also hear from Eoin Morgan ahead of England's second match against Pakistan.
02/06/19·40m 0s

CWC Day 3: Warner stars as Australia and New Zealand win

Reaction to Australia and New Zealand opening their World Cup campaigns with straightforward wins over Afghanistan and Sri Lanka with Jimmy Anderson, Graeme Swann, Paul Farbrace and others. David Warner looks solid if unspectacular, is that typical of the Aussies' style under Justin Langer? Could Sri Lanka could well be the tournament's weakest side and how long before batsmen start playing the short ball properly?
01/06/19·40m 18s

CWC Day 2: Windies humiliate Pakistan with bouncer barrage

Curtly Ambrose joins the pod as the West Indies get their World Cup campaign off to the perfect start with victory over Pakistan at Trent Bridge. He chats their hostile bowling, being able to hide Chris Gayle in the field, and his experience on TV reality show 'Dancing with the Stars'. Plus, Jos Buttler interviews friend and team-mate Adil Rashid on the secrets of successful leg-spin in white ball cricket.
31/05/19·37m 7s

CWC Day 1: Stokes' stunner and Archer's pace light up Oval

Michael Vaughan and Sam Curran join Jonathan Agnew at the Oval for reactions to England's opening World Cup win over South Africa. Ben Stokes tells us that his stunning catch was 'a fluke', plus we hear from Eoin Morgan, Graeme Smith and Imran Tahir, who's not happy with his side's batsmen. Sam Curran explains what it's like to get an IPL hattrick without realising, and we begin our quest to find the listener in the most obscure place.
30/05/19·42m 6s

CWC 1 day to go: It’s time!

The day before the World Cup starts, Jonathan Agnew speaks to Eoin Morgan at the Oval about expectations, performing, and what he’ll say to the Queen. South Africa coach Ottis Gibson answers whether he’d be interested in the England job after Trevor Bayliss, plus Natalie Germanos and Dean Wilson give their thoughts on the World Cup opener. Then Aggers heads off to the World Cup launch party, and speaks to the great and good of world cricket, including Sir Viv Richards, Mahela Jayawardene, Azhar Ali, Jacques Kallis and Kevin Pietersen.
29/05/19·42m 19s

CWC 3 days to go: Michael Vaughan meets Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan opens up to Michael Vaughan about how he and England turned their ODI form round, from the ‘humiliation’ of England’s defeat to Bangladesh in 2015, to becoming favourites at a home World Cup. Morgan tells how he was jealous of the style of cricket that New Zealand were playing four years ago, and how he wrote in his diary during the last World Cup about the need for change in English cricket. Don’t forget, there’s a new episode available every day throughout the tournament, so make sure you subscribe via BBC Sounds or your usual podcast app.
27/05/19·26m 20s

CWC 4 days to go: 10 moments that shocked the Cricket World Cup

Eleanor Oldroyd is joined by Jonathan Agnew and Jim Maxwell to look back on the Cricket World Cup’s 10 most shocking moments. From Kevin O’Brien’s incredible innings to help Ireland beat England, to Big Dwayne Leverock’s brilliant slip catch, Elly, Aggers and Jim take you through those unforgettable moments. Don’t forget, there’s a new episode available every day throughout the tournament, so make sure you subscribe via BBC Sounds or your usual podcast app.
26/05/19·1h 16m

CWC 5 days to go: Smith's ton steers Australia to victory

Simon Mann brings reaction as England fell to a 12-run defeat by Australia in a thrilling World Cup warm-up match in Southampton after Steve Smith's first century since being banned for his part in the ball-tampering scandal. Also hear from Graeme Swann, Jos Buttler, Alex Carey, Steve Smith and award-winning author Geoff Lemon about life in Australian cricket since the sandpaper affair.
25/05/19·36m 55s

CWC 6 days to go: The captains' podcast

With six days to go, Mark Chapman is joined by all ten of the captains at the Cricket World Cup in front of a live audience of journalists and local school children. The captains talk India vs Pakistan, expectations, excitement and whether we will see the first ever side to score 500 in an innings. Don't forget, there's a new episode available every day throughout the tournament, so make sure you subscribe via BBC Sounds or your usual podcast app.
24/05/19·39m 44s

CWC 7 days to go: The preview podcast

A week away from the start of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, we launch our daily podcast that will run throughout the tournament. Michael Vaughan explains why he thinks fielding will be key this tournament, Ebony Rainford Brent and Phil Tufnell wonder whether knowing the location of the nearest chippy helps World Cup preparation, and debate everything from ‘old twiddlies’ to ‘emotional ping pongs’. Plus Ramiz Raja picks six teams to make the semi-finals. We’ll be back every day between now and the final, so make sure you’re subscribed. And feel free to send us your thoughts on tms@bbc.co.uk; put ‘podcast’ in the title. Be nice.
23/05/19·32m 9s

The World Cup Years: 1999

Kevin Howells and Andy Zaltzman complete their look back on the four Cricket World Cups to have been held in the UK. Alec Stewart, Gus Fraser and John Etheridge join Kevin and Andy to look back on a tournament perhaps best remembered for the fact that England were out before the official song (recorded by Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics).
21/05/19·26m 58s

The World Cup Years: 1983

Kevin Howells and Andy Zaltzman continue their look back on the four Cricket World Cups to have been held in the UK. Andy reveals that the first ever game of cricket he saw was during this tournament, as Paul Allott, Vic Marks and Graeme Fowler join him and Kevin.
18/05/19·26m 51s

The World Cup Years: 1979

Kevin Howells and Andy Zaltzman continue their look back on the four Cricket World Cups to have been held in the UK. As we reflect on the 1979 World Cup, we’re joined by Graham Gooch, David Gower and Mike Hendrick, plus some vintage commentary from the great Tony Cozier.
15/05/19·27m 10s

The World Cup Years: 1975

Kevin Howells and Andy Zaltzman begin their look back on the four men's World Cup tournaments previously held in the UK and their impact on the game. They start with the first event held in 1975 won by a brilliant West Indies side. Guests include winning captain Clive Lloyd, first tournament centurion Dennis Amiss plus finalists Ian Chappell and Deryck Murray.
12/05/19·26m 49s

Lahore 2009: Cricket’s terror attack 10 years on

Trevor Bayliss and Paul Farbrace explain what it was like to be in the Sri Lanka team bus that was attacked 10 years ago in Lahore, Pakistan. Islamist militants fired rockets and machine guns at the convoy as it reached the stadium. Six police officers and two civilians died in the attack. Many in the Sri Lankan team, including Farbrace, were injured.
03/03/19·27m 14s
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