Test Match Special

Test Match Special

By BBC Radio 5 Live

Insight and analysis from the Test Match Special team - including interviews with top players and special features.

Episodes

England tour of India 1984/85 - Vol 3

In the third of a three episode mini-series, Daniel Norcross is alongside Vic Marks, Prakash Wakankar and Jonathan Agnew to look back at England's turbulent tour of India in 1984/85.This episode begins in Chennai (formerly Madras) with the test series between England and India finely poised at 1-1 with two to play. Can England complete the turnaround and go down in history as the first side to come from behind to win a test series in India? With Vic and Aggers with the England squad, they relive the moments of watching on as the David Gower-lead side attempt the feat.Plus, they all look back on the legacy of this England squad and what comes next for them.
03/03/24·37m 2s

England tour of India 1984/85 - Vol 2

In the second of a three episode mini-series, Daniel Norcross is alongside Vic Marks, Peter Baxter, Prakash Wakankar and Jonathan Agnew to look back at England's turbulent tour of India in 1984/85.This episode begins at the end of England's first test against India in Wankhede, but 3rd December 1984 is remembered for a very different reason. The Bhopal disaster occurred. They discuss what is was like to be close to such a catastrophic event and how it affected the atmosphere inside the stadiums when playing cricket.Switching focus back to the cricket, Vic recalls the beginning of England's fight-back in the second test of the series in Delhi.
02/03/24·34m 56s

England tour of India 1984/85 - Vol 1

In the first of a three episode mini-series, Daniel Norcross is alongside Vic Marks, Peter Baxter and Prakash Wakankar to look back at England's turbulent tour of India in 1984/85. Just hours after the England team had arrived India's prime minister, Indira Gandhi, was assassinated. What did this mean for the England team? What was it like to be in New Delhi? They discuss everything from restlessly staying in their hotels, to where they were when they were told the news, and whether this meant that any cricket would be played at all.Hear the first person accounts of Vic Marks who was part of the England squad, Peter Baxter who was producing TMS from India, and Prakash Wakankar who was celebrating his birthday in Pune.
01/03/24·37m 4s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - An India breakthrough star joins the podcast!

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley are experiencing the thrill of WPL/PSL franchise cricket and tell all from behind-the-scenes. Plus, we're joined by one of the stars of the WPL so far.
29/02/24·41m 38s

Shaun Udal on living with Parkinson’s and India 06

Former Hampshire and England offspinner Shaun Udal joins Daniel Norcross to talk about England’s tour of India in 2006, including the famous “Ring of Fire” win in Mumbai. Plus they discuss how his life has changed since he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2019.
28/02/24·40m 29s

What does the future look like for England and India?

After England’s series defeat in India, how much will England start planning for the future? We hear from coach Brendon McCullum on the defeat, on the problems facing England’s young spinners, and on Ollie Robinson’s form. Plus Dinesh Karthik joins the podcast to discuss the future of India’s lineup, with Prakash Wakankar predicting who will start for India the next time England visit.
27/02/24·46m 16s

England defeated in Ranchi to lose series

Jonathan Agnew is alongside Michael Vaughan and Mark Ramprakash for reaction to England's defeat to India in Ranchi. They discuss how England's performance with the bat has let them down at times, plus how Shoaib Bashir and Tom Hartley have played out in India.Ben Stokes gives his thoughts to Stephan Shemilt after the day's play, and Stephan also speaks to former India wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik on how India will reflect on their win.
26/02/24·36m 17s

England face huge battle with the ball to keep series alive

Henry Moeran is alongside Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan for reaction to England's collapse with the bat on day three at Ranchi. They discuss England's chances of pulling off a miracle, whilst also looking at the issues and narrative around the use of DRS in the series.Plus, hear from Shoaib Bashir who fancies England's chances to win and keep the series alive. Also, Stephan Shemilt speaks to former India wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik about the performance of Dhruv Jurel both with the bat and behind the stumps.
25/02/24·33m 48s

Bashir's brilliant & Jack Leach joins the podcast

Daniel Norcross is joined by Michael Vaughan and Jack Leach to reflect on day two of the fourth test in Ranchi.They hear from Joe Root who tells Stephan Shemilt why ‘Bazball’ is misunderstood and about how he’s dealt with criticism during the series.Leach reacts to an incredible day for his Somerset teammate Shoaib Bashir and talks about the injury that curtailed his tour of India.
24/02/24·30m 0s

Root raises game for Ranchi

Jonathan Agnew is alongside Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan for reaction to Joe Root's 31st test century on day one at Ranchi. They discuss just how well Root played and how the pitch will affect where this test is won and lost. Also, England opener Zak Crawley speaks to Stephan Shemilt at stumps.Plus, they talk about Rehan Ahmed's series following the news that he has travelled home because of an urgent family matter.Stephan also speaks to Dinesh Karthik about the pitch at Ranchi and Akash Deep, who picked up 3 wickets on his debut.
23/02/24·33m 37s

Can England bounce back?

Stephan Shemilt is in Ranchi on the eve of the fourth Test between England and India. Will Stokes bowl? How big an absence is Bumrah? Stephan gets the thoughts of ESPNcricinfo writer Vithushan Ehantharajah and hears from the England captain. Dinesh Karthik has his say on India and there’s an exclusive chat with the star of the series so far – Yashasvi Jaiswal!Plus, TMS statistician Phil Long continues his epic journey across the country.
22/02/24·44m 37s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - PSL and WPL time baby!

The India and Pakistan adventures have begun for Kate and Alex, and they’ve got the latest from the PSL and WPL camps.Including team songs, learning Hindi and nocturnal Alex.Look out for some special emails, too!
21/02/24·44m 6s

Cook remembers the brilliant tour of 2012

England were the last team to beat India in a Test series at home.Sir Alastair Cook talks through a special tour in 2012 as England beat Tendulkar and co.
21/02/24·40m 38s

Can England better their batting?

Daniel Norcross is alongside Phil Tufnell, Ebony Rainford-Brent, and our reporter out in India Stephan Shemilt to discuss the current narrative around the England team and the attitudes towards 'Bazball'.Hear the thoughts of England head coach Bredon McCullum following the heavy defeat to India in Rajkot.Dan, Phil, Ebony and Stephan analyse the current level of England's batting standards, whether 'Bazball' has gone as far as it can, and how the likes of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow can improve their form for the rest of the series in India.Plus, they look at what bowling changes could be made before the fourth test in Ranchi.
19/02/24·40m 14s

England thrashed by India

Jonathan Agnew is alongside Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan for reaction to England's defeat in the third test to India in Rajkot. Hear Ben Stokes' thoughts on the crumbling defeat on day four, plus he tells Stephan Shemilt about his frustration with some of the DRS decisions in the series so far.Stephan gets the India perspective from former India wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik who was keen to heap praise on Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sarfaraz Khan who starred with the bat in this third test.Also, Jonathan, Phil and Michael talk about Mike Procter after the South African great died at the age of 77.
18/02/24·40m 30s

The worst day of England’s new era?

Jonathan Agnew is joined by Michael Vaughan & Phil Tufnell to reflect on a dismal day three for England against India in Rajkot. They hear from England’s Ben Duckett who says “the more the better” when asked about how many they can chase down in their second innings. Plus Stephan Shemilt speaks to former India wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik about how the hosts dominated despite the absence of Ravichandran Ashwin.
17/02/24·38m 7s

Swashbuckling Duckett leads England fightback

One of the great centuries in India?Ben Duckett’s unbeaten hundred led a breathtaking England counter-attack on the second day at Rajkot. He became the fastest English batter to reach a ton against India, from only 88 balls. England end the second day 207-2, trailing by 238.Jonathan Agnew, Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell discuss Duckett’s remarkable knock and hear from Mark Wood.Plus, they reflect on Ravichandran Ashwin reaching 500 Test wickets.
16/02/24·30m 6s

Missed chances cost England

Jonathan Agnew is alongside Ebony Rainford-Brent and Michael Vaughan for analysis of the first day's play between England & India in Rajkot.Hear from England coach Paul Collingwood on a "great day of test cricket" as he speaks to Stephan Shemilt.Stephan also speaks to former India wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik about Rohit Sharma following his imperious century.Plus, as it's Ben Stokes' 100th England test Ebony and Michael rank their best Ben Stokes moments.
15/02/24·39m 49s

Stokes is ready for Rajkot

Stephan Shemilt is alongside the Telegraph's Nick Hoult to look ahead to England's test against India in Rajkot.Ben Stokes, who is set to make his 100th test appearance for England, tells Stephan about the decision to bring Mark Wood in for Shoaib Bashir. Ben's mother, Deborah, talks to Jonathan Agnew in an exclusive interview about her son's career as he approaches this landmark.Former India wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik explains how India will approach the test and how to red soil in Rajkot will affect the bounce of the ball.Plus, hear from TMS stat-man Phil Long after he travelled 2,000 kilometres from Visakhapatnam to Rajkot via every mode of public transport he could.
14/02/24·45m 33s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - It's a Valentine's Special with two very special guests!

Your two favourite Red Roses - Kate Cross and Alex Hartley - team up with the Tailenders team to talk all things Valentine's Day. Stand by for some truly cringeworthy stories...
13/02/24·49m 56s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Kate's in Spain, Alex is getting ready for Pakistan!

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley are both set for cricketing adventures - Alex is off to coach in Pakistan, Kate's heading to the Women's Premier League. Plus, more animal quandaries.
08/02/24·39m 59s

Cook's recipe for success in India

Daniel Norcross talks to Alastair Cook about what it takes to play cricket in India. Cook captained England to a test series victory in India in 2012, which is still the last time a visiting team won a test series there. Alastair talks about what England do differently to other nations visiting India, where Alastair ranks India as the toughest place to go, and being in a hotel overlooking the Himalayas with 2000 waiting outside for the team.
07/02/24·32m 39s

India defeat England to level series

Jonathan Agnew is alongside Phil Tufnell and Ebony Rainford-Brent for the reaction to England's defeat to India in the second test of the series in Visakhapatnam.They analyse what went wrong for Ben Stokes' side which lead them to needing a huge total in the fourth innings of the match. Plus, hear from the England captain reflecting on the loss.Former India wicketkeeper Dinesk Karthik speaks to Stephan Shemilt about what India will take away from the test win.Also, Aggers, Tuffers & Ebony discuss Angelo Mathews' incredible dismissal where the Sri Lankan demolished his own stumps in a test against Afghanistan, whilst recalling other crazy moments they've seen out on the crease.
05/02/24·30m 41s

Can England's mentality make anything possible?

Jonathan Agnew is alongside Alex Hartley & former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta for analysis of day three in Visakhapatnam, whilst looking ahead to the huge run chase England have ahead of them against India. Jimmy Anderson speaks to Stephan Shemilt about how England fancy their chances finishing the day at 67-1, plus the bowler talks about his fitness having bowled 35 overs across the second test.Plus, Alex & Deep react to the controversial dismissal of England batter Hamza Sheikh against Zimbabwe in the Men's Under 19s Cricket World Cup.
04/02/24·20m 37s

Brilliant Bumrah puts India in charge

Jonathan Agnew is joined by Phil Tufnell and Deep Dasgupta to reflect on day two of the second Test in Visakhapatnam.Jasprit Bumrah ripped through the England batting order with six wickets to put India firmly in charge.Zak Crawley speaks to Stephan Shemilt about what was a chastening day for the tourists.Plus the TMS team delve into the commentary archive to when a dog on the field caused chaos the last time England played in Visakhapatnam.
03/02/24·26m 0s

Kevin Pietersen: Mumbai 2012 in his own words

Kevin Pietersen looks back to November 2012 and his inredible innings of 186 against India in Mumbai. The 2012 series was the last time a touring team won a test series in India. The innings has since been compared to the recent heroics of Ollie Pope following his 196 against India which helped England to win the first match of a five test series.
31/01/24·29m 42s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - England win in India and Alex hits the slopes!

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley give their low-down on the England and West Indies men's wins over the weekend, and Alex has the latest from her first skiing trip in 15 years.
30/01/24·43m 11s

India Test series preview - can Stokes and co overcome their toughest assignment?

Jonathan Agnew is joined by Stephan Shemilt and Prakash Wakankar to preview England's Tests in India. Plus, Ben Stokes on how his side will approach this toughest of challenges.
24/01/24·26m 3s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - New cars, England's men in India and a boost for Hundred salaries

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley look at the big cricketing issues of the week (at least some of the time). There's India chat, Hundred money discussions and Alex has a new car.
22/01/24·41m 11s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - dating apps, dog poo bags and David Warner's helicopter

Cricketers Kate Cross and Alex Hartley talk through another week in their lives in cricket. There's a remarkable story about directions, and Kate remembers a joke gone wrong...
15/01/24·44m 37s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - New Year, same No Balls

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley are together to look back on Alex's bed-bound Christmas, plus a look-ahead to the New Year with some resolutions from your favourite cricketing duo.
05/01/24·36m 22s

Snow Balls: The Christmas Podcast - It's finally the Aggers episode!

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley talk through what went wrong in the Test versus India, and after months of promises it's time to hear from BBC commentary legend Jonathan Agnew.
22/12/23·42m 41s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - The one where Crossy remembered to press record

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley reflect on the T20s between England and India, and there's a look ahead to the Test match. There are also emails, games and non-existent spin classes.
12/12/23·38m 12s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - EMERGENCY! CROSSY'S AN RCB PLAYER!

Immediate reaction from Kate Cross who has been picked up in the Women's Premier League draft to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Alex Hartley, RCB's biggest fan, is excited!
09/12/23·14m 3s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Kate's ready for India, Alex had a journey to forget and Kumar Dharmasena has a perfume out...

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley are together again, with Kate in Oman playing a lot of golf and Alex recovering from a *truly* horrible journey. Plus, lots of emails and DMs!
29/11/23·37m 48s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Beckham's been at the cricket!

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley talk through the Men's World Cup semi-finals in India, including Alex trying her best to go and meet David Beckham at the Wankhede Stadium.
17/11/23·34m 30s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Glenn Maxwell Special

Kate and Alex speak to Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell about *that* double-century he hit against Afghanistan in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup. He talks about exactly why he was on one leg and what him and captain Pat Cummins were talking about on the crease to get him through what will go down as one of the greatest innings of all time.
09/11/23·36m 51s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Men's World Cup latest and Alex is a coach!

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley are on opposite sides of India taking in the Men's World Cup and have plenty of tales to tell. Plus, Alex talks through becoming a coach at the PSL.
25/10/23·44m 2s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - The Men's World Cup is underway!

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley talk through the start of the men's World Cup, with plenty of tales from Alex's travels around India. Plus, there's lots to explore in the email inbox!
14/10/23·39m 26s

Onto the World Cup

As the international summer comes to an end, England head to India to defend their 50 over World Cup title. Simon Mann is joined by record breaking bowler James Anderson, World Cup winners Tymal Mills and Alex Hartley and TMS Statistician Andy Zaltzman to look ahead to the tournament.Plus we hear from England white ball coach Matthew Mott. EVERY BALL of EVERY MATCH in the World Cup will be available live on the BBC with video highlights on the BBC Sport website and app.
26/09/23·48m 15s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - End of the English cricket season and Ebony joins for a sing-song!

Cricketers Kate Cross and Alex Hartley talk through their week and reflect on what has been a memorable English summer. There's also a special musical interlude from a TMS friend!
23/09/23·34m 39s

“Brutal” decision to drop Roy for the World Cup

As England drop Jason Roy from their World Cup squad in favour of Harry Brook, Henry Moeran speaks to record breaking England bowler James Anderson, World Cup winner Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Sport Chief Cricket Writer Stephan Shemilt and TMS statistician Andy Zaltzman.Plus we hear from England national selector Luke Wright.
20/09/23·39m 20s

England find form ahead of World Cup defence.

Jonathan Agnew is joined by James Anderson and Jeremy Coney to assess how England’s ODI team look ahead of the World Cup. They review the series win against New Zealand, hear from England captain Jos Buttler, player of the series Dawid Malan and Kiwi captain Tom Latham. Plus the journalist panel of Stephan Shemilt, John Etheridge and Will Macpherson discuss the Harry Brook conundrum, the ODI return of Ben Stokes and Andrew Flintoff working with the England side.
15/09/23·45m 32s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - it's Magic Mahika Gaur!

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley speak to 17-year-old fast bowler Mahika Gaur, just two weeks after her England debut. Plus, a run-down of what went wrong in the T20s vs Sri Lanka.
11/09/23·40m 13s

Anderson, Woakes and Wood on England’s white ball form

As England draw their T20 series with New Zealand, Henry Moeran gets the views of England legend James Anderson and former Kiwi captain Stephen Fleming. England’s white ball coach Matthew Mott has the latest on whether Harry Brook could break into the World Cup squad, plus we hear from Ashes heroes Mark Wood and Chris Woakes. And England women’s coach Jon Lewis looks ahead to the deciding T20 against Sri Lanka.
05/09/23·49m 33s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast – Anya Shrubsole’s retirement party

Cricketers Kate Cross and Alex Hartley chat to former England teammate Anya Shrubsole to talk through her time in the game, including finishing with a trophy at Lord’s.
04/09/23·55m 10s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast – Retirement reflections and Hundred hangovers

Alex Hartley and Kate Cross reflect on an emotional few days as Alex bows out from playing professional cricket and Kate plays in the final of the Hundred. They also look ahead to England’s T20 series against Sri Lanka and answer your questions.
31/08/23·34m 18s

Katherine Sciver-Brunt’s farewell

Mark Chapman is joined by Phil Tufnell, Steven Finn and Henry Moeran as we say goodbye to Katherine Sciver-Brunt, as she retires from professional cricket. Her former England teammate Tammy Beaumont joins the team as we reflect on Katherine’s successes. Steven also talks about his retirement from professional cricket, his knee-injury, and Finn’s Law. Plus we discuss Ben Stokes, after he announced that he’ll play in England’s series against New Zealand that begins next Wednesday.
21/08/23·30m 3s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Hundred playoffs and Alex has a little announcement

Cricketers Kate Cross and Alex Hartley are together to talk through a busy few weeks in the Hundred. And as Alex made a promise to No Balls listeners, you heard it here first...
21/08/23·21m 47s

Cook and Vaughan on the right time to retire

Stuart Broad retired after dramatically taking the last two wickets in the 2023 Ashes series. Broad had no doubts that he’d picked the perfect moment to call it a day. But how do players decide the right time to retire? Daniel Norcross is joined by Sir Alastair Cook who scored a century in his last Test also at the Oval and Michael Vaughan who retired in 2009 following injury problems.
05/08/23·48m 30s

England’s Ashes squad 2027

Daniel Norcross is joined by a selection panel of Sir Alastair Cook, TMS stats guru Andy Zaltzman and the chief cricket writer of the BBC Sport website Stephan Shemilt to try and predict what England’s Ashes line-up could look like when the series is next played in England. Will Ben Stokes still be leading the team in 4 years, who will be the replacements for Broad and Anderson and which current young county players could be Ashes series starters in 2027.
04/08/23·1h 2m

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast – Broad’s bail tricks and Hundred hopes

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley reflect on an amazing end to the MAshes and WAshes summer and discuss whether Stuart Broad’s bail tricks will catch on. And they look ahead to the start of the Hundred and offer their predictions on which team will win and whether Kate or Alex will take more wickets!
02/08/23·33m 9s

Ashes Daily: Atherton catches up with McGrath

Jonathan Agnew brings together one of the greatest Ashes rivalries for a catch up.Michael Atherton and Glenn McGrath join Aggers in the Test Match Special commentary box at The Oval. They discuss the battles they used to have on the pitch and McGrath getting the wicket of Atherton 19 times in Ashes cricket.
31/07/23·34m 33s

Ashes Daily: The Stuart Broad story

Jonathan Agnew presents a look back on the life and career of Stuart Broad. Hear from Stuart's father, former England opener Chris Broad, his mother Carole, and teammate Steven Finn on his experiences with Broad.
30/07/23·36m 55s

Ashes Daily: View from the Boundary - Stephen Mangan

Jonathan Agnew talks to actor, comedian, presenter and writer Stephen Mangan in the TMS commentary box at The Oval.Mangan recalls memories of following England around the world, watching cricket while in geography lessons at school, and meeting Robert De Niro.
29/07/23·39m 5s

Ashes Daily: View from the Boundary - Eddie Hearn

Daniel Norcross talks to promoter, chairman of Matchroom Sport, the Professional Darts Corporation and presenter of 5Live’s No Passion No Point podcast, Eddie Hearn for his views on the game of cricket.Hearn discuss whether the result outweighs the result in sport, how personalities helps cricket grow, and how cricket was the only sport he played growing up.
28/07/23·40m 18s

Ashes Daily: All eyes turn to the Oval

Henry Moeran is joined by the BBC's Chief Cricket Writer Stephan Shemilt and Australian journalist Geoff Lemon to preview the fifth and final Test. Plus, we hear from Harry Brook.
25/07/23·44m 5s

Ashes Daily: Ask The Umpire - with John Holder

Jonathan Agnew and Vic Marks ask former international umpire John Holder your questions on the laws of cricket
25/07/23·35m 19s

Ashes Daily: Ball of the century - 30 years on

Jonathan Agnew, Mike Gatting, Mark Taylor, Glenn McGrath, Michael Vaughan & Isa Guha look back on *that* ball from Shane Warne, and share stories of the late Australian. Hear the moment Mike Gatting faced a recreation of the ball from a bowling machine and former Australia captain Mark Taylor finally apologises to Jonathan Agnew for blocking his view of the ball.
22/07/23·1h 4m

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - WAshes done, and what a journey it was...

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley have lived the WAshes on the field and in the commentary box. Here's the inside story, including dropped catches, dropped trophies and lots more!
19/07/23·38m 0s

Ashes Daily: England win the ODI series to level the Women’s Ashes

England thrashed Australia in Taunton to draw the Women's Ashes series and inflict a first bilateral one-day international series defeat on the tourists since 2013.In this podcast Henry Moeran is joined by Hundred winner Emily Windsor, former Australia captain Alex Blackwell and England World Cup winner Alex Hartley to look back on a momentous day. We hear from England captain Heather Knight, Australia captain Alyssa Healy and player of the series Nat Sciver-Brunt.
18/07/23·30m 34s

Ashes Daily: Australia retain the Women's Ashes

Australia retained the Women's Ashes following a dramatic three-run victory over England, who so nearly pulled off a remarkable victory through Nat Sciver-Brunt's masterful unbeaten century.Henry Moeran is joined by World Cup winner Georgia Elwiss and former Australia captain Alex Blackwell to reflect on another thrilling match. Plus we hear from England captain Heather Knight, Australia captain Alyssa Healy and spin bowler Alana King. Photo: The Australia players celebrate their victory over England during the Women's Ashes 2nd We Got Game ODI match between England and Australia at Ageas Bowl on July 16, 2023 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
16/07/23·24m 25s

ASHES DAILY: Maxwell and Braithwaite analyse the Ashes action as Carey confides.

Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey speaks in public for the first time about his controversial dismissal of Jonny Bairstow at Lord’s and we get a fascinating take on the Ashes summer from Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite in conversation with Daniel Norcross.
15/07/23·32m 26s

Ashes Daily: Ben Stokes – England’s Greatest all-rounder?

Ben Stokes keeps producing remarkable performances for England especially in the Ashes, but should he now be considered as England’s greatest ever all-rounder? Daniel Norcross speaks to Sir Alastair Cook the captain who brought Stokes into the Test team 10 years ago, whilst TMS numbers guru Andy Zaltzman provides a statistical analysis.
14/07/23·43m 53s

No Balls: The Emergency Podcast - Universe Cross does the business for England!

Fresh from hitting an unbeaten 19 against Australia in the first WAshes ODI, Kate Cross talks through her innings alongside No Balls co-host Alex Hartley.
13/07/23·25m 45s

Ashes Daily: Jim Maxwell 50 Not Out

Simon Mann chats with Australia’s “Voice of Summer” Jim Maxwell who is celebrating 50 years in cricket broadcasting. It’s also 40 years since Jim first appeared on Test Match Special. As well as discussing his career highlights, Jim also takes your questions including his memories of Shane Warne and which commentators he’s enjoyed working with most over the years.
13/07/23·42m 34s

Ashes Daily: View from the Boundary - Martin Lewis

Jonathan Agnew gets a different perspective on the Ashes from financial expert, campaigner and TV, Radio and 5 Live Podcast presenter Martin Lewis.Lewis discusses his love of cricket and parallels between fair play in the game and fair play in the world of money.
11/07/23·46m 1s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - What a WAshes Weekend!

England bowler Kate Cross and Alex Hartley talk through the memorable T20 series win over Australia that keeps England in the WAshes. There's also loads of MAshes chat, too!
10/07/23·40m 3s

Ashes Daily: Headingley Journo panel

Jonathan Agnew is joined by a journalist panel at Headingley to discuss the latest Ashes talking points. Emma John from the Guardian, Gideon Haigh from the Australian and John Etheridge from the Sun talk Brook batting, Spirit of cricket and possible changes for Old Trafford.
10/07/23·31m 9s

Ashes Daily: England secure historic T20s win to keep Women’s Ashes alive

England pulled off a thrilling 5 wicket win at Lord’s as Australia lost their first T20 series in 6 years. Henry Moeran is joined by Alex Hartley and Alex Blackwell and there is reaction from Heather Knight, Alice Capsey and Alyssa Healy.
08/07/23·27m 57s

View from the Boundary: Gareth Southgate

Men’s England manager Gareth Southgate joins Jonathan Agnew for a View from the Boundary. Southgate talks about the differences in managing in football compared to cricket, what he learnt from Euro ’96, and batting with his son.
06/07/23·38m 0s

Ashes Daily: Lord’s controversies digested by the journo panel

Jonathan Agnew is joined by writer and broadcaster Melinda Farrell, editor of Wisden Lawrence Booth and Guardian sports writer Jonathan Liew to discuss the controversies of Lord’s, where Bazball goes from here and the future of James Anderson.
03/07/23·34m 0s

View from the Boundary – Rishi Sunak

Johnathan Agnew is joined by the UK's Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, to talk about playing cricket as a child, Bazball, and getting sledged by Sam Curran.
01/07/23·40m 27s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - The Washes Test Wash-Up!

England bowler Kate Cross and World Cup winner Alex Hartley discuss the Women's Ashes Test, plus discover that some people think a cornflake sandwich is a good breakfast option...
28/06/23·41m 36s

Cricket reacts to report of “widespread discrimination”

Jonathan Agnew is joined by Isa Guha, the Daily Mirror’s cricket correspondent Dean Wilson & BBC Sport Editor Dan Roan to discuss the ICEC report suggesting “widespread discrimination” in cricket.We also hear from Cindy Butts, the author of the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket report, the Chair of the ECB Richard Thompson, and England Men’s test captain Ben Stokes.
28/06/23·39m 37s

Ashes Daily: Ask Katherine Sciver Brunt

England cricket legend, Katherine Sciver Brunt, answers your questions. Hosted by Henry Moeran.
25/06/23·34m 10s

View from the Boundary - Mark Little

Jonathan Agnew is joined by Australian actor, television presenter, comedian and screen/stage writer Mark Little to talk about his career, his attempts at playing cricket at the young age of 63, and playing Bottom in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
17/06/23·37m 5s

How To Win The Ashes: Simon Jones on the 2005 series

In the final episode of this 'How To Win The Ashes' series, we go back to the 2005 Ashes where England looked to Simon Jones, Matthew Hoggard, Steve Harmison & Andrew Flintoff to spearhead the bowling attack against Australia.This is Jones' take on a summer that will go down in cricketing history.
14/06/23·29m 22s

How To Win The Ashes: Glenn McGrath on the 1997 series

In the penultimate episode, Glenn McGrath takes us back to the 1997 Ashes where he demolished England’s batting order, taking 36 wickets as Australia secured a 3-2 series victory.He describes his excitement at joining one of the great Australian Test sides, why Lord’s is the “perfect” ground for him and why that Australia side was so dominant against England.
13/06/23·27m 22s

Ben Stokes: We won’t change our approach for the Ashes

England captain Ben Stokes speaks to Isa Guha ahead of the Ashes. Stokes explains why he’ll never change his approach, why results are the last thing he prioritises, why cricket should be fun, and whether or not the Ashes is the ‘ultimate challenge’ in Test cricket. Plus he tells us which of his England teammates is most like Tom Cruise…
12/06/23·18m 40s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Kate's in the Ashes Test squad AND she's met Coldplay man

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley bring news of the upcoming live show, there's reaction to England Women's Test squad, and Coldplay man has been asked if he's really a listener...
12/06/23·42m 34s

How To Win The Ashes: Mitchell Johnson on the 2013–14 Ashes series

In episode 2, Mitchell Johnson tells his story of how he went on to terrify England's batting order in the 2013-14 Ashes Series down under - with one of the most devastating displays of fast bowling ever seen.
12/06/23·26m 58s

How To Win The Ashes: Alastair Cook on the 2010–11 Ashes series

Alastair Cook relives an incredible individual performance during the 2010-11 Ashes down under. He had a poor record against Australia coming into the series, but ended it as England's top scorer with an astonishing 766 runs, including three centuries.
12/06/23·28m 58s

How To Win The Ashes: Stuart Broad on Trent Bridge 2015

In episode 5, Stuart Broad relives one of the most devastating spells of bowling the Ashes has ever seen from an England bowler. Breaking records after taking 8 wickets for just 15 runs on the first morning of the fourth Test at his home ground, he helped his side reclaim The Ashes in stunning & beautifully ferocious fashion.
11/06/23·28m 19s

How To Win The Ashes: Steve Smith on the 2019 Series

Steve Smith discusses his comeback story. In 2018 his career came crashing down as he resigned as Australia’s Test Captain, and then subsequently banned from the sport after his part in the ball-tampering scandal during a tour of South Africa. After serving the suspension, he returned for the 2019 Ashes Series – where he was ready to make up for lost time.
10/06/23·32m 10s

How To Win The Ashes: Ben Stokes on Headingley 2019

Ben Stokes relives one of the most remarkable comeback performances in Test Match cricket history as we look back at Headingley, 2019.
09/06/23·30m 50s

How To Win The Ashes: James Anderson on Trent Bridge 2013

In a new series, some of England and Australia's greatest players take us behind the scenes of the most memorable Ashes moments. In the opening episode, Jimmy Anderson tells the story of the dramatic Trent Bridge Test of 2013. He gives us his insight on Stuart Broad's refusal to walk, Ashton Agar's remarkable display with the bat, and taking back-to-back five wicket hauls.
07/06/23·28m 18s

David Warner exclusive: “I’m a fighter”

The man England fans love to hate, David Warner, sits down with Isa Guha for an exclusive interview. They talk about his legacy, his love of the Ashes, what it’s like when 20,000 England fans are booing you, and his battle against Stuart Broad.
05/06/23·23m 30s

Ball of the Century – 30 years on

It’s the 30th anniversary of Shane Warne’s iconic delivery to Mike Gatting in the 1993 Ashes series. In a special programme recorded in 2013, the late Warne joined Gatting along with Phil Tufnell, Michael Vaughan and host Mark Chapman to remember one of the most famous moments in Ashes history.
04/06/23·27m 4s

View from the Boundary – Giles Martin

Jonathan Agnew is joined by the Grammy award winning music producer Giles Martin to share stories of working with the likes of Elton John and remixing the Beatles albums originally produced by his father Sir George Martin.
03/06/23·34m 41s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - Alex has some news...

Cricketers Kate Cross and Alex Hartley are back again to reflect on a busy week. In another frank episode, Alex wants to tell the No Balls listeners something important.
26/05/23·37m 16s

From the Ashes: David Gower

The fourth episode of a new series where the BBC’s Chief cricket writer Stephan Shemilt discovers untold stories from the Ashes.David Gower breathes rarefied air as a legend of English Ashes cricket. A four-time winner – twice down under – Gower has played more Tests for England against Australia, 42, than all but Colin Cowdrey. Only the great Jack Hobbs made more runs for England against the Aussies than Gower’s 3,269. As captain in 1985, Gower led England to a 3-1 series win whilst making 732 runs in the process. Little did Gower, or anyone, know that 1985 was to be the last time England won a home Ashes series for 20 years, a desolate run that began when he was put back in charge for what turned out to be a calamitous 1989 contest involving a famous press conference, News at 10, a rebel tour and a large wine bill.
25/05/23·55m 11s

From the Ashes: Sir Alastair Cook.

The final episode in the series where the BBC’s Chief Cricket writer Stephan Shemilt discovers untold stories from the Ashes.Few have experienced more of England’s modern Ashes history than Alastair Cook.During a 12-year international career, Cook played every one of a possible 35 Ashes Tests, scoring more runs than any player on either side. Only Archie MacLaren, at the beginning of the last century, led England in more Ashes Tests than Cook’s 15 as skipper.Cook was player of the series in a win down under, but was also captain when an England team fell apart in a 5-0 hammering. We find out why he wrestled Graeme Swann in the dressing room at The Oval and why he was reduced to tears after scoring what turned out to be his final Ashes hundred.Don’t forget you can catch up on all the other episodes on BBC Sounds with guests Glenn McGrath, Steve Finn, Sarah Elliott and David Gower plus you can read much more on the BBC Sport website and app.
24/05/23·57m 11s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - You've always got us...

Cricketers Kate Cross and Alex Hartley have both had testing weeks and discuss it all. Plus, reflections on England's Test squad announcement and MAshes and WAshes build-up
18/05/23·48m 39s

IPL Pod Ep 7: Fastest fifties, crazy climaxes and karaoke with Boult and Buttler

Nikesh Rughani, Ravi Bopara and Steven Finn review a thrilling week at the Indian Premier League. Yashasvi Jaiswal scoring the quickest half century in IPL history, a brilliant hundred by Suryakumar Yadav and an incredible win for Sunrisers Hyderabad after the last ball had to be bowled again,They also discuss reports that Jofra Archer has been offered a full time deal by Mumbai Indians, celebrate record breaking spinners Rashid Khan and Yuzvendra Chahal and ask if the likes of Stokes, Root and Brook are having the best preparation for the English Test summer sitting on the sidelines in IndiaPlus Aatif Nawaz talks to one of the overseas stars of the IPL Trent Boult on being a freelance cricketer and doing karaoke with Jos Buttler
12/05/23·47m 3s

From the Ashes: Sarah Elliott

The third episode of a new series where the BBC’s Chief cricket writer Stephan Shemilt discovers some of the untold stories from the Ashes. In this edition Stephan talks to former Australia batting all-rounder Sarah Elliott who made a hundred against England whilst breast-feeding her nine-month-old son during intervals.Elliott became pregnant in 2021 a year before a women’s Ashes series. At first she thought becoming a mum might end her international career, or at least put it on hold, until she asked if she could combine motherhood with playing for Australia. That set off a chain of events that led to her Ashes hundred, made with baby Sam on the boundary edge.As ever, you can read much more on the BBC Sport website and app.
10/05/23·46m 48s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - The Most Embarrassing Story Ever

Cricketers Kate Cross and Alex Hartley discuss their recent tied RHF Trophy game, the retirement of legend Katherine Sciver-Brunt and share one of the great cringe-worthy stories.
10/05/23·40m 45s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast – Brunty bows out and best cricketing chat-up lines

Alex Hartley and Kate Cross pay tribute to their former England team mate Katherine Sciver-Brunt who’s announced her retirement from international cricket. They also celebrate the career of another pace bowler Shabnim Ismail who’s also giving up playing for her country.Plus Alex and Kate reflect on a frustrating start to the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy for them and share your best cricketing chat-up lines!
05/05/23·45m 53s

IPL Pod Ep 6: Heated Kohli, Lethal Livingstone and young superstar Yashasvi

Simon Mann is joined by IPL commentator Nikesh Rughani, former IPL player Ravi Bopara and special guest Rajasthan Royals exciting youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal.They discuss the Virat Kohli/Gautam Gambhir altercation, fast bowlers like Jofra Archer and Anrich Nortje being hit for three successive sixes and Jaiswal reveals how he’s inspired by Celine Dion!
05/05/23·42m 21s

Katherine Sciver-Brunt Special

England’s record wicket taking women’s bowler Katherine Sciver-Brunt speaks exclusively about her retirement from international cricket. In an interview with our chief cricket writer Stephan Shemilt, Katherine looks at the highs and lows of her 20 year England career. She explains why she has decided to give up the international game despite the lure of a final Ashes series and discusses what the future of women’s cricket may look like. Plus Katherine reveals how her cricket career nearly didn’t happen because of a music festival.
05/05/23·40m 25s

From the Ashes: Steven Finn

The second episode of a new series where the BBC’s Chief cricket writer Stephan Shemilt discovers some of the untold stories from the Ashes. In this edition Stephan talks to England fast bowler Steven Finn.Finn knows more than most about the highs and lows Ashes cricket can produce. He might have only played seven Ashes Tests but was involved in three series wins, one of them away from home. He went on two other tours of Australia, one that lasted just nine days and another that ended in the “public humiliation” – his words – of being sent home because he was “not selectable”.As ever, you can read much more on the BBC Sport website and app.
03/05/23·54m 12s

IPL Pod Ep 5: Roy of the Riders, rubbish run chases and full time IPL players?

Simon Mann is joined by IPL commentator Nikesh Rughani and former IPL player Ravi Bopara to discuss the latest talking points from the Indian Premier League.Could some players turn their back on England central contracts or county ties to sign for an IPL franchise all year round? They chat about that as well as getting reaction from the ECB’s head of County cricket Neil Snowball.Plus rubbish run chases and Jason Roy in form for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
28/04/23·41m 35s

From the Ashes: Glenn McGrath

The first episode of a new series where the BBC’s Chief cricket writer Stephan Shemilt discovers some of the untold stories from the Ashes. In this edition Stephan talks to one of the most successful Ashes performers of all time, Glenn McGrath. During arguably the most famous Ashes series in 2005, McGrath trod on a ball before play at Edgbaston and missed the game through injury. He gives a fascinating account of what happened next, what it was like to be forced to be a spectator at the game and how Manchester United helped him make a near miracle recovery to be able to play the next Test against all the odds.
26/04/23·51m 45s

IPL Pod Ep 4: Tendulkar junior, Curran the Captain and Bairstow believes

Simon Mann is joined by IPL commentator Nikesh Rughani and former IPL player Ravi Bopara to reflect on the latest talking points from the Indian Premier League. Arjun Tendulkar, the son of legendary Sachin, finally making his debut for Mumbai, Sam Curran leading the Punjab Kings and KL Rahul facing criticism for being boring. Plus Jonny Bairstow is on the podcast discussing the benefits of playing in the IPL and updating us on his comeback from injury.
21/04/23·42m 0s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - What's that? TWO awards?!

Celebration time for cricketers Kate Cross and Alex Hartley after No Balls picked up two awards! Plus, all the reaction to last week's special interview with Dane van Niekerk.
16/04/23·35m 30s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast – Dane van Niekerk explains what happened before the T20 World Cup

Kate Cross and Alex Hartley are joined by Dane van Niekerk in a powerful interview discussing how her dream of leading South Africa at a home World Cup came crashing down.
11/04/23·51m 46s

TMS IPL Podcast Ep 2: Wood wickets, Dhoni drama and Curran holds his nerve.

Simon Mann is joined by former IPL player Abhishek Jhunjhunwala and TMS commentator Aatif Nawaz to discuss the latest from the tournament. Plus we hear memories of what the late Shane Warne brought to the IPL and Charlotte Edwards reflects on her victory as Mumbai Indians coach in the WPL.
05/04/23·39m 37s

It's time for the Indian Premier League!

The Test Match Special team look ahead to this year's IPL, plus we hear from England Women's star Issy Wong who helped Mumbai Indians to the Women's Premier League title.
31/03/23·36m 46s

TMS Podcast - The Men’s County Season Preview

Kevin Howells and Mark Church look ahead to the domestic cricket summer with England legend Alec Stewart, director of cricket at reigning champions Surrey, and Mickey Arthur the former South Africa, Pakistan and Australia coach now in charge at Derbyshire. Every ball of every County game will be available live via the BBC Sport Website and App with extensive coverage on 5 Sports Extra and BBC Sounds.
30/03/23·51m 21s

No Balls: The Cricket Podcast - EMERGENCY! Kate's a Yorkie!

After a dramatic Hundred draft, Kate Cross and Alex Hartley discuss it all. Plus, all the latest from Lancashire's tour to India, including a trip to Sachin Tendulkar's old club!
24/03/23·27m 27s

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

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

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 Programme18:20 - Reporter Jamie Reid speaking to youngsters at an ACE session21:00 - Troy Henry part of the ACE Programme25:15 - Finances in cricket 30:30 - Abtaha Maqsood, leg spinner with Birmingham Phoenix40:30 - 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

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

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
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