The Spin podcast

The Spin podcast

By The Guardian

The Guardian’s cricket podcast – captained by cricket writer Emma John alongside The Spin team of Guardian sports journalists, cricket-loving comedians and the most interesting cricket fans we can find. Sharing the highs and lows from an epic summer of cricket including the World Cup, The Ashes, T20 Blast, and County Championship. Mixing the sheer pace of journalism with the back-of-the-hand variations of comedy and absurdity. Subscribe so you never miss one


From the Final Word Ashes podcast: Australia go 2-0 up

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from us but we wanted to bring you the latest episode from our sister podcast in Australia; the Final Word. In it, Emma John, Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins discuss each day of play during the 2021-22 Ashes series between Australia and England – including this episode where they offer their thoughts on the final day of the second Test. If you like what you hear, make sure to subscribe to The Final Word wherever you get your podcasts
23/12/2125m 22s

Was this cricket's best summer ever? – The Spin Podcast

Emma John is joined by Harry Judd, Eleanor Oldroyd, Colin Salmon and Andy Zaltzman to review the incredible summer of cricket. The panel relive some of their favourite memories from the World Cup and the Ashes before pulling stumps and officially calling an end to an epic season.
30/09/191h 1m

In conversation with Vic Marks – The Spin Podcast Special

In this special episode of The Spin, Emma John travels to Taunton to sit down with the Guardian’s cricket correspondent Vic Marks and chat about his playing career with Somerset, touring with England, and 30 years in the press box
29/09/1951m 37s

Will Essex (or rain) spoil Somerset's party? The Spin podcast hits Taunton

For the final round of the County Championship, Emma John is joined in Taunton by Dan Norcross and Vish Ehantharajah. Retiring Somerset legend Marcus Trescothick and cricket’s new cult hero Jack Leach stop by for a chat.
25/09/1940m 39s

The Ashes after show party – The Spin podcast

Emma John presents a special show from The Oval to celebrate the end of the series. She’s joined by Daniel Norcross, Alison Mitchell, Barney Ronay, Geoff Lemon, Melinda Farrell, Jarrod Kimber and poet Zaffar Kunial. The Ashes series was drawn 2-2, but which team had the better summer?
16/09/1944m 24s

David Gower on nicknames, Boycott and the final Ashes Test – The Spin podcast

Former England cricket captain David Gower joins Emma John prior to the final Ashes Test of the summer. Regular guests Andy Bull and Charlie Baker will also answer some of the big questions raised by England’s failure to impress in the longer format of the game, and whether Geoffrey Boycott should have been nominated for a knighthood
11/09/1936m 48s

Steve Smith v England: Australia retain the Ashes - The Spin podcast

Emma John’s dreams of the perfect summer of cricket are over as Australia have retained the Ashes. Joining Emma on this episode Adam Collins, Vithushan Ehantarajah and Steen Raskopoulos are on hand to work out where it all went wrong for England, and look for some reasons to be cheerful for home fans. Plus Australian journalist Peter Lalor explains why a drink in a Manchester bar cost him over £50k
09/09/1947m 36s

Outrageous Ashes predictions and Super League's final final – The Spin podcast

Emma John is joined by Dan Norcross and Aatif Nawaz to discuss what will happen next in this dramatic summer of cricket. The panel also review the final Kia Super League final and speak to a record-breaking club captain. Plus there are guest appearances from Bill Lawry and Winston Churchill.
03/09/1954m 2s

Ben Stokes v Australia: a Headingley miracle – The Spin podcast

Emma John is joined by Charlie Baker, Tim de Lisle and Felicity Ward to discuss the miracle of Headingley ‘19. Was this Ashes-saving innings better than Botham’s at the same venue and does it gloss over England’s 67 all out? Plus, The Spin launches its own unofficial Ben Stokes energy drink
27/08/1950m 29s

Jofra leads England's bounce back & Pavel Florin's secret power – The Spin Podcast

Emma John is joined by Geoff Lemon, Prasanna Puwanarajah and Max Rushden to discuss the dramatic second Test of the men’s Ashes series. England still trail Australia 1-0, but thanks to Jofra Archer’s explosive debut momentum has shifted. Plus, what to bring to a cricket picnic and an interview with Romanian cricket superstar Pavel Florin
19/08/1952m 35s

Celeb watching at Lord's, Olympic cricket and Steve Smith on Strictly – The Spin podcast

Emma John is joined by Adam Collins, Andy Bull and Bharat Sundaresan to preview the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. Plus, as the 2019 series Strictly Come Dancing doesn’t include any cricketers - who should have swapped the Dukes ball for the glitter ball?
13/08/1943m 28s

Steve Smith’s hundreds, England women's consolation and Pavel Florin – The Spin podcast

Emma John is joined by Adam Collins, comedian Felicity Ward and broadcaster Toby Tarrant to look back at Australia’s victory in the first Ashes Test, which featured a historic brace of centuries from crowd villain Steve Smith. They also discuss odd traditions at Lord’s, a consolation win for England in the women’s Ashes and an unconventional Romanian bowler taking the internet by storm
06/08/1954m 43s

The Ashes, pronouncing Labuschagne and nuns at the cricket – The Spin podcast

Host Emma John is joined by Vic Marks and Geoff Lemon to preview the men’s Ashes series. Plus they discuss Ireland’s historic first Test at Lord’s, Australia’s dominance in the women’s Ashes and pick their fancy dress outfits for the Eric Hollies Stand
30/07/1951m 40s

Ireland at Lord's, Women's Ashes and Jason Roy's birthday – The Spin podcast

Mark Butcher, Barry Glendenning and Andy Zaltzman join Emma John to discuss Ireland’s historic first Test match at Lord’s, Australia’s women retaining the Ashes, and why cricket is better than football
22/07/1944m 25s

World Cup feedback forms: fans, forced fun and fab fielding – The Spin podcast

Emma John presents the second part of our World Cup celebration. Aatif Nawaz, Barney Douglas and Bharat Sundaresan nominate some other contenders for Player of the Tournament and fill in their feedback forms for the ICC. Plus Barney talks about his new cricket film The Edge
18/07/1943m 18s

Super England, super Stokes and super overs – The Spin podcast

England are World Cup winners. In the first part of this special two-part episode Emma John is joined by Aatif Nawaz, Barney Douglas, Bharat Sundaresan & Daniel Norcross to relive the incredible drama and tension of the World Cup final
17/07/191h 8m

England are in the final, rock star cricketers and Finch's bubblegum – The Spin podcast

Tim De Lisle and McFly’s Harry Judd join Emma John to discuss England’s thrashing of Australia and the incredible two-day ODI between New Zealand and India – and to crown the commentator of the World Cup
12/07/1940m 32s

World Cup semis, Ashes annihilation and Corbyn pads up – The Spin podcast

After 45 games of this World Cup we’ve reached the knockouts. A host of guests including Simon Doull, Ali Martin and Adam Collins preview the semi-finals. Plus Andy Bull and Raf Nicholson join Emma John to discuss England’s Women’s disastrous start to The Ashes, and explain why Imran Khan could be bouncing out Jeremy Corbyn
08/07/1938m 29s

England qualify for the semi-finals … plus panto catches - The Spin podcast

Emma John is joined by TMS commentator Daniel Norcross, author Marcus Berkmann and actor Prasanna Puwanarajah to discuss England’s progress to the World Cup semi-finals. Plus they pick their favourite theatrical moments from the competition and catch-up on an interesting week of County Championship action
04/07/1949m 55s

The Women's Ashes, a baseball invasion and Steve Smith's neck – The Spin podcast

Barney Ronay and Charlie Baker join presenter Emma John to discuss England’s victory over India. Plus we reflect on the arrival of baseball during the World Cup and the start of the Women’s Ashes series
02/07/1941m 12s

Archer and Roy for the Ashes? And thank you Marcus Trescothick – The Spin podcast

Miles Jupp and Jamie Theakston join Emma John to preview England’s game with India. They also consider if any of the ODI squad have improved their Ashes chances, which players’ body parts could be combined to make the ultimate cricketer and say thank you to Marcus Trescothick
28/06/1935m 58s

England down but not out, and Carlos Brathwaite: The Movie – The Spin Podcast

Geoff Lemon and comedian Felicity Ward join Emma John to discuss England’s third loss of their World Cup campaign at the hands of Aaron Finch’s side. Plus, cricket’s best bromances and Emma gets excited about the best game so far
26/06/1939m 43s

England's Headingley horror show and perils of leaving early – The Spin Podcast

Simon Burnton and comedian Charlie Baker join Emma John to discuss England’s shock loss to Sri Lanka. Plus: arousing cricket books, Gary Pratt’s shirt and aluminium bats. And, why you should never leave a game before it’s finished.
21/06/1924m 59s

A century of sixes and Eoin Morgan for prime minister – The Spin podcast

Adam Collins, Andy Parsons and Tez Ilyas join Emma John to discuss Eoin Morgan’s record-breaking innings against Afghanistan. Plus: which supposedly star-players are underperforming in the first half of this World Cup? And which member of the England team would make the best PM?
19/06/1935m 56s

England win again, rain delays and autocorrect v cricket – The Spin podcast

Geoff Lemon, Ian Moore and Kamila Shamsie join Emma John to discuss England’s victory over West Indies. Plus: is there a better way of deciding the outcome of matches abandoned due to rain? Who are the early contenders for player of the tournament? And Emma catches up with Bryony Smith, who made her ODI debut earlier this week
15/06/1938m 19s

Stubborn bails, Warner's go-slow and an apology to Jason Roy – The Spin podcast

Ali Martin, Anjali Doshi and Felicity Ward join Emma John to discuss England’s win against Bangladesh and India’s clash with Australia. Plus: are flashing bails just the latest in a long string of fads? And the ultimate cricket-themed high street. Can you beat Dhoni & Guy or Primark Ealham?
11/06/1942m 13s

Duck eggs, irritating noises, and why cricket was better in the 90s – The Spin podcast

Emma John, Rob Eastaway and Jon Harvey discuss who’s made an impression in the World Cup so far, demystify some of cricket’s oddities and decide what’s the most irritating noise to be sat next to during a game
07/06/1939m 27s

England's shock loss, cricket feuds and scoring with pasta – The Spin podcast

Emma John is joined by Vic Marks and comedian Charlie Baker to talk about Pakistan’s unexpected World Cup win over England at Trent Bridge, a shortage of scorers and how to make your team less popular
04/06/1942m 10s

Ben Stokes’s ‘catch of the century’ and The Hundred names – The Spin podcast

Emma John is joined by Tom Davies, comedian James Sherwood and Rakesh Patel from Indian supporters’ group the Bharat Army to discuss that catch from Ben Stokes, a grey and dull World Cup opening ceremony on The Mall, and to suggest some alternative names for teams in the Hundred tournament. And the premier of our strictly unofficial World Cup song.
31/05/1935m 38s

Boos, hairbands and Cricket World Cup predictions – The Spin podcast

Emma John is joined by Vic Marks, Geoff Lemon and Sonali Shah to look back at a busy weekend of cricket and look ahead with their predictions for the big hitters of the Cricket World Cup
28/05/1945m 47s

All hail King Jofra! Welcome to the summer of cricket – The Spin podcast

Emma John is joined by Guardian writer Andy Bull, comedian James Sherwood and Surrey Stars and England all-rounder Bryony Smith in the first episode of our new cricket podcast.
24/05/1937m 26s

Coming soon: The Spin cricket podcast

Introducing a brand new cricket podcast from The Guardian, hosted by Emma John. Like any England fan who grew up with England in the 90s, Emma is a natural pessimist. So she’s finding it hard to deal with England being the favourites to win both the World Cup and the Ashes this summer. Join her for all the highs and lows from this epic English summer of cricket. She’ll be joined by a line-up of guests that combines the deadly accuracy of The Guardian’s sporting analysts with the wicked spin of some of her favourite comedians. First episode out on Friday 24 May. Also, if you haven’t already, make sure to sign up to The Spin email, the Guardian’s weekly missive from the world of cricket, popping into your inbox every Tuesday.
23/05/191m 11s
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