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Coverage of England’s cricket matches. Insight and analysis from Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott, plus interviews with the top players.
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access_time6 days ago
Gloucestershire are one of the success stories at the start of this Championship season. They top their group, after five matches unbeaten with four wins. An academy product now spearheading the attack, David Payne, joins us after taking 11 wickets in beating Middlesex by 7 wickets at Lord’s. How Gloucestershire got to this point is very interesting with captain Chris Dent leading from the front with runs on the field and inspiring ideas off it. No more the ‘unfashionable’ county, judge us by our performances is the message. It’s not an overnight story.
We take a look at some of the other talking points from Round 5 and throw ahead to the next couple of weeks with Mark Church, Scott Read and Kevin Howells.
access_time11 days ago
Nathan Leamon talks to us from within the Ahmedabad bio-bubble, plus Henry Moeran, Stephan Shemilt and guests discuss what the IPL's postponement could mean for cricket in 2021.
access_time13 days ago
It’s a family thing. The Root family love cricket and their two sons play it and one of them is also the England captain. Joe Root describes the county game as “the bedrock of the game”. In an extended podcast we are joined by Joe to talk about his passion for Yorkshire and the domestic game and how he would like it to progress,and how he felt bowling to brother Billy, on the brink of a century, a few weeks ago. When they were young boys at Scarborough a game got halted when they started chasing each other, after one got the other out in the practice nets. There is always a lot riding on it.

Plus the review of Round Four of the County Championship, including one run victory drama, massive run chases, massive wins, Nottinghamshire ending a 30 matches run of first class games without a win (Head coach Peter Moores, talks to us about that) and much more.

There’s a lot to pack in but it’s worth it.
access_time19 days ago
Henry Moeran checks in with TMS commentators Prakash Wakankar, Stephan Shemilt and Kal Sajad to get the latest on whether the IPL will continue. Plus, we hear from Eoin Morgan.
access_time20 days ago
How does he do it? Darren Stevens will turn 45 years old this week, yet still he produces outstanding performances in the County Championship with Kent and has no intention of calling it a day yet. In an extended edition of our domestic cricket podcast we are joined by Darren along with former Kent captain David Fulton and long standing friend and teammate Paul Nixon. Special moments in his career and how he prepares for matches are included in this personal celebration of Darren in the game.
We also look back at round three of the LV Insurance County Championship with many stand out individual and team performances including Haseeb Hameed and Toby Roland-Jones.
access_time27 days ago
Henry Moeran is joined by former IPL star Abhishek Jhunjhunwala and BBC Sport's Kal Sajad to review the action after a busy few days in India. Plus, we hear from Kolkata Knight Riders' Managing Director Venky Mysore about plans to expand into America and whether the franchise could ever appear in England.
access_time27 days ago
From North to South, the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere the County Championship produced enough content to keep us going for weeks just in the space of four days.
England test captain Joe Root led with a century for Yorkshire but what about the Ollie Pope double hundred at the Oval, Kiran Carlson century in each innings for Glamorgan and Ollie Robinson taking 9 wickets for Sussex. James Bracey helped Gloucestershire take the bragging rights in the West Country, Mohammad Abbas, Matt Critchley, Simon Harmer, a fired up Stuart Broad v Sam Hain, Tim Bresnan, Hassan Azad, Sam Evans and much more.
The ball of the century 2 from Matt Parkinson caused Shane Warne to sit up and take notice and Marnus Labuschagne spoke of his time in county cricket after helping Queensland lift the Sheffield Shield.
We link up with Australia to see what if anything we can learn from their domestic game both men and women.
All of that plus Tim Murtagh and Jade Dernbach talk all things Middlesex and Surrey ahead of their clash at Lord’s.
access_time1 month ago
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.
access_time1 month ago
Forget the cold, the batsman turned the heat up as the 2021 season got underway. England and Lancashire, Keaton Jennings plus Freddie Wilde of Cricviz on the numbers which are shaping the game, right across the board and more and more in the county game. He has some numbers which Keaton Jennings would love you to hear.
Plus Dom Bess on the conversation he’s had with his England Test captain and now, Yorkshire teammate, Joe Root, after India.
Emily Windsor of Hampshire and the Southern Vipers looks back on a stellar show from James Vince with BBC commentary team members Mark Church and Scott Reid adding their stand out moments from the opening weekend of County Championship action.
access_time1 month ago
Cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew joins three head coaches, Anthony McGrath of Essex, Peter Moores of Nottinghamshire and from Somerset Jason Kerr, in talking over what we can expect from the summer ahead. Kevin Howells puts the questions, ranging from what impact the Hundred will have on the game, to how the clubs are preparing to defend their titles and whether this years conference structure should stay. They also discuss Alex Hales, Dan Christian, the legacy being created at Essex and how strong Somerset remain despite losing an Overton as well as Dom Bess and those pitches and 8 points deduction. Also your shout on who you think might take the silverware this year.
access_time2 months ago
Phil Tufnell, Michael Vaughan and Mark Chapman are joined by the ECB's managing director for men's cricket Ashley Giles to reflect on England's tour of India. Giles also answers questions on England's rotation policy, Test cricket's importance to the current generation of players and the busy summer of cricket to come. There's also details of a freak injury suffered by Jofra Archer ..while cleaning a fish tank.
access_time2 months ago
Despite Sam Curran’s brilliant 95 not out, England fall just short of a thrilling run chase in the final match of the series, meaning India have won the series in all three formats. We hear from England captain Jos Buttler, and Tymal Mills picks out five things that England have learnt across the whole tour.
access_time2 months ago
Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell join Mark Chapman to look back on England’s T20 Series in India after Eoin Morgan’s men lost the decider in Ahmedabad.
We hear from the Captain ahead of the upcoming One Day Internationals and ask whether any more lessons can be learned with the white ball ahead of the T20 World Cup later this year.
Finally Carlos Brathwaite and his dog drops by to talk about West Indies’ Test side beginning life without Jason Holder as Captain.
access_time2 months ago
Jonathan Agnew is joined by Tymal Mills and Andy Zaltzman after England fail to chase down a huge 225 in Ahmedabad.

We hear from Eoin Morgan on where it went wrong for England, get the latest on whether Jofra Archer is to return home from the tour due to an elbow injury, and Tymal tells us more about Sarah Taylor, who’ll become one of the first female coaches in the County Championship.
access_time2 months ago
As India level the T20 series at 1-1, Jonathan Agnew is joined by Tymal Mills to talk about how IPL experience is helping players at the start of their international careers, the importance of the toss in T20 matches in India, whether T20s are Ben Stokes’ weakest format, and the merits of different types of floodlights. Plus we hear from Eoin Morgan on what changes England might make for the third T20.
access_time2 months ago
Eleanor Oldroyd is joined by Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan who analyse England's 3-1 test series defeat in India, and look ahead to the upcoming one-day and T20 internationals.

There's a look at batsman Dan Lawrence who was one of the few to impress in the sub-continent and what he could offer the team in the future.

England coach Chris Silverwood speaks about England's controversial selection policy, while Joss Butler gives his thoughts on the future of Alex Hale.

Tuffers and Vaughan share their line-ups for the Ashes and also pay tribute to former Surrey and Warwickshire bowler Joey Benjamin who died this week.

And England Women's head coach Lisa Keightley joins the pod to discuss her side's success over New Zealand.


01:45 - Unscheduled days off - England's missed opportunity against India

08:30 - Dan Lawrence - a new hope?

12:00 - Rebuilding for the Ashes

15:35 - Chris Silverwood on 'rest and 'rotation'

22:35 - 'The only way to win in Australia is by schmozzle'

24:40 - Tuffers and Vaughan's teams for the Ashes

28:00 - Joey Benjamin - a tribute

30:20 - Looking ahead to one day and T20 against India

36:40 - A second chance for Alex Hales?

41:20 - Lisa Keightley
access_time2 months ago
Jonathan Agnew, Michael Vaughan and Prakash Wakankar reflect on a 3-1 series win for India. Plus, we hear from England captain Joe Root.
access_time2 months ago
After an England fightback that put them back in contention in the fourth and final Test, Rishabh Pant hits an explosive century to put India in the driving seat.

But Michael Vaughan has deep concerns about England’s management of Dom Bess – spinning coach Jeetan Patel explains the thinking behind it.

Plus we hear from the best batter in the world – England’s Tammy Beaumont, after wrapping up a T20 series win over New Zealand.
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As England are bowled out for 205, Michael Vaughan doesn’t hold back with his thoughts on their latest underwhelming batting display.

We hear from Ben Stokes, who was frustrated he couldn’t turn his 55 into a bigger score, Andy Zaltzman gets very excited about some stats (as ever), and we hear more about the postponement of the Pakistan Super League.
access_time3 months ago
Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell join Eleanor Oldroyd to look back on a dramatic 3rd Test that was over inside two days, the shortest played since 1935.

Broadcaster Prakash Wakankar joins the pod from India and we hear from England captain Joe Root.
access_time3 months ago
Michael Vaughan says that England have been outplayed again after the first day of the third Test against India in Ahmedabad – he joins Jonathan Agnew on another difficult day for England.

Meanwhile there’s controversy around TV umpiring again, and Michael has some strong words on England’s management of Dom Bess.

Prakash Wakankar explains how India will be feeling after the first day, and Andy Zaltzman is excited by England making four changes for a Test – again.
access_time3 months ago
As England prepare to play the third Test against India, Joe Root tells Jonathan Agnew why the unique conditions around the day/night Test might help England’s seamers, and how Test cricket is still the priority, despite recent criticisms of England’s rotation policy.

Prakash Wakankar tells us how India are preparing for the match, plus we hear from Tammy Beaumont in New Zealand, where England have played and won their first ODI since 2019.

And as the Hundred launches, we hear from two of the biggest names in world cricket, Jos Buttler and Meg Lanning.
access_time3 months ago
Mark Chapman, Phil Tuffnel and Michael Vaughan look forward to the third test against India.

Tuffers and Vaughan discuss the fallout of Mooen Ali’s situation and the perils of miscommunication. Was he hung out to dry?

We hear from England Coach Chris Silverwood and look at England’s selection policy. There’s impassioned debate on whether T20 cricket will gain more respect than test cricket and we find out what Michael Vaughan would do if this happened.

And there’s guesswork with what the boys think the England line-up will be in the next match.


02:00 – England coach Chris Silverwood speaks about Moeen Ali

05:45 – Tuffers and Vaughan’s dissection on England’s selection choices

16:50 – A lack of flexibility from the selectors

23:00 – How many strings should a cricket side have?

27:20 - Test Cricket v T20 – which is the pinnacle?

39:40 – Tuffers and Vaughan share their lineups for the next test.
access_time3 months ago
Jonathan Agnew is joined by Michael Vaughan, Phil Tufnell and Sir Alastair Cook to discuss a chastening defeat for England in Chennai. Plus, we get reaction from Joe Root.
access_time3 months ago
Jonathan Agnew chats to Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell as England look set for a heavy loss in Chennai. Plus, we hear from the West Indies after their series win in Bangladesh.
access_time3 months ago
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.
access_time3 months ago
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.
access_time3 months ago
Michael Vaughan and Phil Tuffnel are joined by Ebony Rainford-Brent to discuss all the reaction to Jimmy Anderson and Jack Leach’s bowling masterclass to secure a big win in Chennai. Also, where does Joe Root rank amongst England’s elite? And we meet the new man on the block for the West Indies who’s career was moulded by a hurricane.
access_time3 months ago
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.
access_time3 months ago
As England require nine more wickets to take the first Test in Chennai, Jonathan Agnew is joined by Michael Vaughan to look at what they need to do on the final day, but also why there were question marks over whether England should have declared or not.

Michael no longer gives England 10/10 for their performance, but he’s still impressed. We hear from England bowling consultant Jon Lewis on what England’s tactics were in their third innings, when many were saying they should have been more attacking. Plus Prakash Wakankar joins us with his thoughts on the Indian performance, and he and Aggers help reveal the result of a poll to find India’s all-time Test XI.
access_time3 months ago
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.
access_time3 months ago
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.
access_time3 months ago
As Joe Root gets his third consecutive century in Asia, on his 100th Test match, Jonathan Agnew is joined by Phil Tufnell, Michael Vaughan and Prakash Wakankar.

Phil gives us his thoughts on Root’s century, Michael tells us why Dom Sibley’s innings is good news for the Ashes, plus we hear from the man himself – Joe Root on a special video the England team played him the night before the Test.

16.15 – Prakash Wakankar on how India will view the first day

23.00 – Joe Root with Simon Mann

26.30 – Michael Vaughan on Dom Sibley (‘Every team needs a Pujara or Sibley’)
access_time3 months ago
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.
access_time3 months ago
Mark Chapman, Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan look ahead to England’s Test series against India

Tuffers & Vaughan talk about their tour memories of India and discuss what makes India so different

We hear from Joe Root ahead of his 100th Test – and look at how England can win against a side who’ve lost one Test on home soil in eight years.

Plus - Former IPL and Indian A international Abhishek Jhunjhunwala joins the pod to give the Indian perspective after that Australia victory.


1.20 – Tuffers & Vaughan discuss their tours to India in the 90s

11.26 – We hear from Joe Root as he reaches 100 Tests

24.26 – Discussion on Crawley + Foakes as well as selection

29.08 – We hear from Jack Leach as he looks forward to playing in India

38.53 - Abhishek Jhunjhunwala joins the pod to talk about the Indian perspective
access_time4 months ago
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.
access_time4 months ago
Eleanor Oldroyd hosts Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan on all things cricket.

With analysis on England’s series win in Sri Lanka and an upcoming look on their next opponent – India.

Tuffers and Vaughan talk about skipping training, video games and ‘propping and cocking’. There’s also a special masterclass on facing the art of spin bowling.

Jonathan Trott reminisces about a young Joe Root, Kevin Pietersen talks foot movements in Mumbai, and England Women’s cricketer Kate Cross faces up to the difficulties on quarantine life in New Zealand.
access_time4 months ago
After Joe Root’s England wrap up a 2-0 series win over Sri Lanka, Michael Vaughan and Jonathan Agnew analyse what went right for England, and what it means for the upcoming tour of India.

Joe Root joins us fresh from lifting the Moose Cup, Dom Sibley explains how he finally found some rhythm on the tour, plus Sir Alastair Cook gives his verdict on England’s openers, and Phil Tufnell casts his eye over their spinners.
access_time4 months ago
It’s yet another Joe Root masterclass in Galle as he bats all day for his 186 – Michael Vaughan and Jonathan Agnew discuss just why he’s so good against spin.

Jos Buttler tells us what it’s like playing with his captain, and why he’s not staying in India for the full tour, plus we hear from Lasith Embuldeniya, who took seven English wickets.

Plus Phil Tufnell and Daniel Norcross have a go at a cricket-inspired version of Grease…
access_time4 months ago
Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow lead an England fightback against Sri Lanka on the second day of the second Test in Galle.

“I almost wish I was out there to help them through it” – Sir Alastair Cook gives us his thoughts on where England’s openers are going wrong, and Mark Wood explains just how red a face can get when bowling in Galle.

Plus Michael Vaughan and Alastair Cook talk through England’s planning ahead of the Ashes at the end of the year.
access_time4 months ago
Jimmy Anderson joins Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan after taking three wickets for 24 runs from his 19 overs in Galle.

We hear from unbeaten centurion Angelo Mathews; Russel Arnold tells us what sort of total he’d like to see Sri Lanka get, and Geoff Lemon and Prakash Wakankar join us to look back on an incredible Test in Brisbane.
access_time4 months ago
Interviews and analysis after India become the first side to beat Australia at the Gabba in 33 years. We hear from both captains and a frustrated Australia coach Justin Langer.
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Former Sri Lankan all-rounder Russel Arnold tells us the positives that the home side will take ahead of the second Test, and Phil Tufnell gives us his verdict on England’s spinners Jack Leach and Dom Bess.
access_time4 months ago
England are favourites to win the first Test in Galle, but could a late collapse hand an unexpected victory to Sri Lanka?

Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan are joined by Jack Leach, who took five wickets, but says that he wasn’t that pleased with how he bowled.

Russel Arnold gives a Sri Lankan point of view on the fightback, Sunil Gavaskar joins us for the latest on India vs Australia, plus Aggers relives a moment of commentary that he’d rather forget….
access_time4 months ago
Michael Vaughan and Jonathan Agnew look back on Sri Lanka’s best day of the tour so far.

Sam Curran joins to talk about his bowling (not his batting after a golden duck), and Joe Root reflects on his double century.

Plus we speak to ‘David Wreckham’ – the wrestling brother of England’s Dan Lawrence.
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Joe Root joins Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan after scoring an unbeaten 168 to put his side in control against Sri Lanka.

Andy Zaltzman explains just how Root’s struggled to convert starts into centuries recently, Michael Vaughan thinks England’s lead of 185 is enough already, and Russel Arnold tells us where this Test has gone wrong for Sri Lanka.

Plus we hear from a very proud Mark Lawrence, father of England debutant Dan.
access_time4 months ago
Test cricket is back! Aggers and Michael Vaughan may not be in Galle, but they talk through a brilliant opening day for England in Sri Lanka.

Dom Bess joins them, and admits that he didn’t bowl well, despite taking five wickets, and Russel Arnold explains just where Sri Lanka have gone wrong.

Plus we hear an impassioned interview with Australia coach Justin Langer ahead of the deciding Test between Australia and India.
access_time5 months ago
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.
access_time5 months ago
Jonathan Agnew is joined by members of the TMS team to preview 2021, including a few very out-there predictions…
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Professor Robert Winston tells Jonathan Agnew how cricket fits into a busy life of science, medicine and journalism.