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Test Match Special



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_time4 hours ago
Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan look back at Sri Lanka’s fightback on the second day of the second Test. Jack Leach promises to us he’s not the natural heir to Alastair Cook, and we discuss the controversial awarding of five penalty runs to England.

Meanwhile, as the country descends into political turmoil, we play the game that is set to sweep the nation*: Brexit or Cricket.

*by ‘nation’, we mean ‘studio’.
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Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan look back on a thrilling day’s Test cricket as half centuries from Jos Buttler and Sam Curran give England the upper hand over Sri Lanka.

Curran tells us what it’s like scoring more Test sixes than Alastair Cook, we get your cricketing ‘Sliding Doors’ moments, as well as hearing from fans in Kandy who have had to move hotels due to a booking crisis.

And given it’s Harold Larwood’s birthday, we’ve dug an interview out of the archives, in which he explains how he got beer brought out onto the field at drinks breaks.
access_time3 days ago
Former England captain Charlotte Edwards joins Henry Moeran to review England’s first win of the Women’s World Twenty20, beating Bangladesh by seven wickets via DLS Method.

We’ll hear from England’s Kirstie Gordon after a successful debut in which she took three wickets, and Test Match Special commentator Charles Dagnall joins from Guyana to preview the action from Group B.
access_time3 days ago
Have England found their wicketkeeper for the next five years? Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell praise Ben Foakes after his impressive Test debut in Sri Lanka. They also look ahead to England's second Test in Kandy and ask whether the Aussies can live up to their new buzz phrase of "elite honesty".
access_time6 days ago
Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan ask if England now have a blueprint for consistent Test performances after a first ever win in Galle. We also bid farewell to the retiring Rengana Herath, and hear from Ben Foakes and Joe Root.

And Charlotte Edwards joins us from St.Lucia to preview the World T20 with England having suffered a significant injury blow with the loss of Katherine Brunt.
access_time7 days ago
Jonathan Agnew and Vic Marks look back on a day where England established their dominance in Galle thanks to a century from Keaton Jennings, who tells us that he feels like he’s been in a fishbowl recently.

Former England fielding coach Chris Taylor tells us where you need to hide the worst fielders in your team, Ben Foakes’ mother explains why she regrets having her phone on silent, and Graeme Swann compares dancing teachers to Duncan Fletcher.
access_time8 days ago
Michael Vaughan and Jonathan Agnew look back on a day that Ben Foakes became England’s first ever wicketkeeper to score a Test century in Asia, and help put England in control of the first Test in Galle. Andy Zaltzman sets Dan Norcross his usual teaser, and Niall O’Brien explains what makes Foakes such a good keeper.

Jack Leach says that Taunton turns more than Galle – we also hear in-depth from him on what it’s like to manage Crohn’s Disease when you’re a professional cricketer.
access_time9 days ago
Michael Vaughan and Jonathan Agnew talk through a dramatic first day to England’s first Test in Galle. Ben Foakes joins the podcast after his Test debut to explain how a video message from Alastair Cook inspired the team, Sir Viv Richards says that Australia is like a ‘tiger that has become a kitten’, and Alec Stewart answers whether or not he’d be interested in becoming England’s new Director of Cricket.
access_time5 months ago
What was behind England’s dramatic improvement at Headingley, has Dom Bess shown he belongs at Test level, who should Sam Curran try and emulate, and who would make the greatest County Championship Overseas Player XI? Marcus Trescothick fills in for Tuffers, who has booked the day off to watch Love Island.
access_time6 months ago
Michael Vaughan and Ebony Rainford-Brent take your calls and reaction to England's victory over Pakistan as well as the hottest topics in Cricket right now Phone 08085 909693 - free from mobiles and landlines.
access_time6 months ago
Jos Buttler and Dom Bess star with the bat and ball respectively as England beat Pakistan by an innings and 55 runs to level the two-game series.
access_time6 months ago
With 23 international caps and one of the safest pairs of hands in sport, former England goalkeeper Nigel Martyn joins Jonathan Agnew at Headingley to discuss cricket, football and life.
access_time6 months ago
England tighten their grip on the second Test against Pakistan on a rain-shortened second day at Headingley. They take a 128-run first innings lead into the third day thanks to contributions from nightwatchman Dom Bess (49) and Jos Buttler (34 not out).
access_time6 months ago
16-year-old Waleed Khan survived a terrorist attack in Peshawar four years ago which killed 135 of his school friends and 20 teachers.

Waleed was shot eight times, six in the face and head and was frequently given up for dead.

After years of reconstructive surgery and support from family and friends, he is now playing cricket in Birmingham and wants to make sure terrorism doesn't win.
access_time6 months ago
Former Pakistan and Surrey fast bowler Waqar Younis answers your questions.
access_time6 months ago
Following a reported 'angry' phone call from Stuart Broad after he was criticized by former captain Michael Vaughan for not performing consistently enough to be in the national team, TMS summariser Vaughan has hit back saying 'his stats don't add up for the last year, he hasn't got enough in the bank'.
access_time6 months ago
England responded to a heavy defeat at Lord's by dominating the first day of the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley.
access_time6 months ago
A year from now the 2019 Cricket World Cup will have just begun and Test Match Special will bring you EVERY ball of EVERY game.

The tournament was officially launched at an event held in East London earlier this week attended by many current and former players. We spoke to Brian Lara, Alan Donald, Clive Lloyd, England ODI captain Eoin Morgan as well as the ICC Chief executive Dave Richardson on the current state of cricket and what we can look forward to next summer.
access_time6 months ago
On this week’s show, Tuffers and Vaughan, alongside Mark Chapman, discuss England’s abysmal performance against Pakistan in their first Test. They’ll look at England’s approach to Test cricket, what needs to be done to shake things up and Trevor Bayliss’ future. As well as that, they’ll look into the documentary that claims three English players were involved in a spot fixing scandal.
access_time6 months ago
England succumbed to a miserable nine-wicket defeat by brilliant Pakistan at Lord’s
access_time6 months ago
Jos Buttler and Dom Bess both made fifties to give England a lead of 56 in the first Test against Pakistan.
access_time6 months ago
BBC Global Religion Editor Martin Bashir speaks to Jonathan Agnew about cricket, life and that famous Princess Diana interview.
access_time6 months ago
Tommy Banks, head chef of The Black Swan at Oldstead joins Jonathan Agnew at lunch on day three at Lord’s to discuss all things cricket, and how his restaurant became the world’s top rated on TripAdvisor.
access_time6 months ago
Pakistan take a firm grip on the First Test against England reaching 350-8, a lead of 166.
access_time6 months ago
The director of England cricket Andrew Strauss discusses the state of the England team as he takes a break from the job and we hear from Wasim Khan who is being charged with trying to fit all the competitions into a English summer from 2020
access_time6 months ago
Hello. We’ll soon be launching a new cricket podcast called “The Doosra” and we’re very excited about it.

Our team of World Cup winner Isa Guha, comedian and Pakistan super-fan Aatif Nawaz and Ankur Desai from the BBC Asian Network have been working on this pilot episode, and you can now listen and judge for yourselves. They preview the England-Pakistan series, chat jumpers and hand-warmers and their special guest is IPL superstar Jos Buttler. It’s cricket, but with a South Asian slant.

Let us know what you think and in return we’ll let you know where to find “The Doosra” every week.
access_time6 months ago
Jos Buttler joins Tuffers and Vaughan to talk his surprise return to the Test fold and the England team’s new emphasis on fitness. What threat will Pakistan pose in the upcoming series and are the ICC right to potentially scrap the traditional pre-match coin toss?
access_time6 months ago
After ECB chairman Colin Graves suggested that young people "weren't attracted to cricket", Phil Tufnell and Nick Compton join Mark Chapman to ask if the new 100-ball competition is the best way to entice a younger audience.

The team also look ahead to England's test squad being announced for the series against Pakistan.
access_time6 months ago
Eleanor Oldroyd is joined by England World Cup winner Isa Guha, the ECB’s head of strategy Vikram Banerjee and BBC Asian Network's Ankur Desai to discuss the news all future coaching jobs for national teams will have to interview at least one black, Asian or minority ethnic candidate.
access_time6 months ago
Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan discuss Ed Smith’s new role as national selector, impressive performers in the early weeks of the County season, the new 100-ball competition, and why Justin Langer will be a success in charge of Australia.
access_time8 months ago
Cricket Correspondent Jonathan Agnew is joined by Graeme Swann to look back on the final day of the second test between New Zealand and England, featuring interviews with Joe Root and Neil Wagner.
access_time8 months ago
Jonathan Agnew gets the thoughts on the series from the written press. He’s joined by John Etheridge of the Sun, Dean Wilson from the Mirror and Vic Marks of the Guardian.
access_time8 months ago
Jason Mohammad, Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell examine the continuing fallout from the Australian ball-tampering scandal.

Vaughan believes Cricket Australia need to look at their part in the furore, saying they helped create David Warner's "bull-like" manner.

The team also look at whether other teams should follow New Zealand's lead when it comes to the spirit of the game.
access_time8 months ago
Cricket Correspondent Jonathan Agnew is joined by Graeme Swann to look back on the fourth day of the second test between New Zealand and England, featuring an interview with Jonny Bairstow.
access_time8 months ago
BBC Cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew is joined by England’s Nick Compton during lunch on a sunny day in Christchurch. They discuss Compton’s time in the England set-up, his memories of touring New Zealand, the current England side, and much more.
access_time8 months ago
Cricket Correspondent Jonathan Agnew is joined by Graeme Swann to look back on the third day of the second test between New Zealand and England, featuring an interview with Graham Thorpe.
access_time8 months ago
Jonathan Agnew is joined by legendary New Zealand all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee during lunch on a sunny day in Christchurch.
access_time8 months ago
Cricket Correspondent Jonathan Agnew is joined by Graeme Swann to look back on the second day of the second test between New Zealand and England, featuring an interview with Stuart Broad.
access_time8 months ago
Batsman David Warner says he is "resigned to the fact" he may never play for Australia again after his part in the ball-tampering scandal.

The 31-year-old apologised on Saturday, saying he took "full responsibility for my part in what happened."

Legendary Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew offers his thoughts on the former Australia vice captain’s statement.
access_time8 months ago
Cricket Correspondent Jonathan Agnew is joined by Graeme Swann and guests with interviews reflecting the Opening day of the 2nd test between New Zealand and England.
access_time8 months ago
The BBC's cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew is joined by Graeme Swann and guests to discuss the fall out from the Australian ball tampering affair during the lunch break on day 1 of the second test between New Zealand and England.
access_time8 months ago
Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan join Mark Chapman to analyse the fallout from the Australian ball-tampering scandal. Vaughan suggests that the problems within Australian cricket go right to the top of the sport in the country. The team also review England's first test defeat in New Zealand, and discuss England's women reaching the final of the Tri-Series competition in India.
access_time8 months ago
Jonathan Agnew and Graeme Swann reflect in the immediate aftermath as England lost by an innings and 49 runs to New Zealand in the first Test at Auckland despite the efforts of all-rounder Ben Stokes on the final day.

Stokes made a patient 66 from 188 balls as he and Chris Woakes (52) helped the tourists recover after early wickets.

The Durham man's dismissal three balls before the dinner break effectively ended England's hopes of a draw.

England will get a chance to level the two-match series at Christchurch in the second Test, which starts on Thursday.
access_time8 months ago
Jonathan Agnew chews the fat on the ever-developing ball-tampering story, and England’s batting, during the dinner break on the fifth day during the first Test between New Zealand and England.

Paul Newman, John Etheridge and Simon Wilde join him in the TMS Commentary box.
access_time8 months ago
Jonathan Agnew is joined by Graeme Swann to review day four of the first test between New Zealand and England.

The Black Caps dominated once again thanks in large to an unbeaten 145 from Henry Nicholls as they reached 428-7 declared.

England then suffered a huge blow as they attempted to salvage a draw with captain Joe Root dismissed with the final ball of the day leaving the tourists 132-3 at close in their second innings.

The team also get the thoughts of Stuart Broad following the day's play.
access_time8 months ago
Jonathan Agnew brings you reaction from across the globe in the wake of the ball-tampering controversy embroiling Australian cricket.

It follows Australia captain Steve Smith admitting that his side's "leadership team" had planned for Cameron Bancroft to try to change the condition of the ball. Bancroft was caught by TV cameras taking what he said was yellow tape out of his trouser pocket before rubbing the ball on the third day of the third test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Vic Marks and Jeremy Coney join Jonathan to analyse the fallout, plus they hear from Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland, Australian cricket writer Adam Collins and of course the press conference in which Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith speak about the incident.
access_time8 months ago
Jonathan Agnew and Graeme Swann reflect on Kane Williamson’s New Zealand record 18th century for New Zealand as rain disrupted much of day two of the first Test against England in Auckland.

Only 23.1 overs were bowled with Williamson, who resumed on 91, completing his ton before being trapped lbw by James Anderson for 102.

That was the only wicket to fall as the hosts increased their lead to 171 after England were all out for 58 on day one.

Play was eventually abandoned in the final session with the score 229-4.
access_time8 months ago
Jonathan Agnew and Graeme Swann reflect on a dismal day for England at Eden Park in Auckland. They were bowled out for 58 – their sixth lowest total – as New Zealand dominated on day one of the first test.

There’s also reaction from England Head Coach Trevor Bayliss
access_time8 months ago
Tuffers and Vaughan are back for first time since January and there is a lot they want to get off their chests. The pair are joined by England Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss to discuss the retirement of Kevin Pietersen, with Ben Stokes back in the Test side we ask who'll lead the attack against New Zealand, plus bring you the latest on Scotland's hopes of reaching the 2019 World Cup. We'll also look at what's been an eventful test series between South Africa and Australia, hear from England women's World Cup-winning captain Heather Knight ahead of the Tri-Series in India, and ask whether white ball-only contracts are the future for English cricket.
access_time8 months ago
Interviews with man of the match Jonny Bairstow and Captain Eoin Morgan after England defeat New Zealand by 7 wickets in the 5th One Day International clinching the series 3-2.