Test Match Special Podcast
Test Match Special Podcast
Om Test Match Special Podcast
Insight and analysis from the Test Match Special team – including interviews with some of the biggest names in the game, PLUS Alex Hartley and Kate Cross’ ‘No Balls’.
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.
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.
Mark Chapman is joined by Tuffers and England World Cup-winning spinner Alex Hartley to listen to and discuss Phil’s chat with Jack Leach. From the satisfaction of a stumping to speed, crease position and chirping Brian Lara – they discuss what makes slow bowling so special and something that they all love. The panel also discuss the preparations for the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston and how injuries have affected England’s squad. TIMECODES: 03’30 – Ashes preparation 08’10 – Phil and Jack chat about the love of spin 17’20 – The importance of variation and guile 26’30 – What Jack has learnt from test cricket 37’30 – Jack interviews Phil 43’00 – Steve Smith discussion
We hear from Steve Smith on his spell with Sussex, Surrey Coach Gareth Batty on how Ben Foakes has reacted to being dropped by England and Notts director of Cricket Mick Newell on sympathy for Sir Alastair Cook falling one short of a first hundred at Trent Bridge. Kevin also speaks with Hampshire and England all-rounder Liam Dawson, Durham captain Scott Borthwick and the coaches of Somerset and Worcestershire, Jason Kerr and Alan Richardson
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 India Plus 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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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