Matt Prior, Jonathan Agnew and Simon Mann join Eleanor Oldroyd to discuss why England have only won one away series in the last five years and what can be done about it. Plus, after Trevor Bayliss’ announcement that he will leave after the 2019 Ashes we examine the role of a coach in cricket.
As Australia wrapped up a four nil win over England in Sydney Simon Mann led the review of the Test and the series. Australian winning the 5th and final test by an innings and 123 runs. He talks to Michael Vaughan with interviews from England Vice captain James Anderson, Australian captain and man of the series Steve Smith along with man of the match Pat Cummins.
Simon Mann talks to three cricket writers looking at the Ashes series and Australian victory. Joining Simon were Melinda Farrell of ESPN Cricinfo, John Etheridge, Cricket Correspondent of the Sun and Stephan Shemilt of the BBC Sports Website. Where did it go wrong for England? And should the Ashes be played over fewer Tests are just some of the many issues they discuss.
Australia appear on course to complete a 4 nil Ashes win at the SCG. Entering the 5th day England are 93-4 in their second innings, still 210 runs short of making the hosts bat again. Joe Root is 42 not out. Earlier both Shaun and Mitchell Marsh reached their centuries in an Australian first innings total of 649-7 dec. Simon Mann talks to Michael Vaughan and Ed Smith about the day and the series. Also we hear interviews with England assistant coach, Paul Farbrace and Australia’s Shaun Marsh.
Ed Cowan, 18 test caps and still playing for New South Wales joins Simon Mann in the TMS commentary box. They talk Ashes, Shield Cricket and his views on the game both sides of the world. He also explains his part in the making of the film ‘ Death of a Gentleman’.
Usman Khawaja made 171 as Australia took control of the 5th and final Ashes test at Sydney. Shaun Marsh is 98 not out with a score of 479-4, a lead of 133 runs. We hear the views of Graeme Swann and Ed Smith talking to Simon Mann with interviews with Usman Khawaja and Jonny Bairstow.
Australia closed the second day of the 5th and final Ashes test on 193-2 first innings and trail England by 153 runs. Khawaja is 91 not out and Smith on 56. We hear what Michael Vaughan and Ed Smith had to say about the day along with interviews with England test debutant Mason Crane and Australian batsman David warner.
Broadcaster and Journalist Andrea Catherwood joins TMS and talks to Simon Mann. Watching the Ashes in Sydney she tells us about her families love and passion of cricket and her career including life as a former foreign correspondent with ITN.
So the Ashes have gone and the post mortem is well underway. But rather than just focus on what has gone wrong, what do England need to do to win the Ashes in Australia 4 years from now. We hear what Joe Root and Michael Vaughan think plus Stephan Shemilt talks to Graeme Swann and Simon Katich who were on opposite sides the last time England won the Ashes in Australia 7 years ago.
At the SCG England closed the opening day of the 5th and final Ashes Test on 233-5. They lost the wickets of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow in the last 5 minutes of play after Australia took the 2nd new ball. Simon Mann looks back on the day in the company of Ed Smith and we hear interviews with England assistant coach, Paul Farbrace and not out batsman Dawid Malan 55* plus Australian Mitchell Marsh.
Simon Mann and Michael Vaughan lead the review of the 4th Ashes test at the MCG. The game was drawn with Australian captain Steve Smith reaching another ton. He was unbeaten on 102 as England managed only two more wickets on the final day. We also hear interviews with Joe Root, Alastair Cook and Steve Smith.
Simon Mann welcomes three writers to the TMS commentary box at lunch on the final day of the fourth Test. Peter Lalor of the Australian, George Dobell – senior correspondent from ESPN Cricinfo and Phil Walker, Editor in Chief of the new Wisden Cricket Monthly. They discuss not only the action from the series but also the kind of coverage given the game and England’s players during the tour by the Australian media.
A day shortened by rain left Australia second innings 103-2, still 61 runs behind England with a day to go at the MCG. David Warner is 40 not out and Steve Smith on 25 not out. Simon Mann and Michael Vaughan look at the day including England denying ball-tampering claims.
During a break in play at the MCG, Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell popped into the TMS box to talk with Michael Vaughan and Ed Smith. They talked about life as a modern day cricketer across all formats……they discuss what makes the perfect T20 player and what can England learn from other T20 competitions as it develops its own new tournament from 2020.
During lunch on the 4th day of the 4th Ashes test Simon Mann talked to Glenn McGrath on his life in the game and his views now. He takes your questions such as who was the best captain he ever played under? The player he most enjoyed playing alongside plus many more.
Alastair Cook is unbeaten 244 as England closed the 3rd day of the 4th Ashes Test at the MCG on 491-9. That is a lead of 164 runs. We hear from Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad after the pair added a 100 runs stand for the 9th wicket. Broad was out on 56. Also the Australian coach, Darren Lehmann spoke to ABC giving his views of the days play. Simon Mann and Michael Vaughan talk about the magnificent innings from Cook and the state of the match with two days to go.
During the lunch and tea intervals of Test Match Special we marked the 40th anniversary of the Centenary Test Match being played at the MCG. On the field a motorcade took players around the ground with the likes of Bob Willis, Greg Chappell, Rod Marsh, Dennis Lillee and Ray Bright all involved. There have been so many memorable matches played at this famous old ground, but that game is perhaps the most remarkable. Not just for the cricket played, but for the whole occasion. One of the images of that match was the Australian opener Rick McCosker batting bravely with a broken jaw in the second innings after he’d been struck by Bob Willis earlier in the match. We hear an interview he carried out with Jim Maxwell at the ground. We also hear the memories of Dennis Lillie, Rod Marsh and Greg Chappell.
Simon Mann leads a review into a good day for England at the MCG. England close day 2 of the 4th Test on 192-2 with Alastair Cook not out 104 and Joe Root on 49 not out. They trail by 135 runs. Earlier Stuart Broad took 4-51 as Australia collapsed. They were 327 all out. We hear from Michael Vaughan and Ed Smith plus interviews with Stuart Broad and Josh Hazlewood.
TMS asks what does it mean to wear the famous Australian Baggy Green Cap and how did it become such an iconic piece of sports wear. Not everyone reveres it in a similar way as we hear from Australian internationals Justin Langer, Ian Chappell, Mark Taylor and Simon Katich.
David Warner scored a century after being caught on 99 but was reprieved after Tom Curran, on debut had bowled a no ball. Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. They closed 244-3. Simon Mann talks over the day with Michael Vaughan and Ed Smith plus interviews with James Anderson and David Warner.
During the lunch break on the opening day of the fourth test in Melbourne Simon Mann hosts a special Ashes quiz. Alison Mitchell and Vic Marks represent England whilst Jim Maxwell and Glenn McGrath turn out for the Australians. But who comes out on top? You can also see how well you would have done in this podcast.
Australia regain the Ashes after beating England by an innings and 41 runs in the third test in Perth. England all out 2nd innings 218. Simon Mann talks to Michael Vaughan with his reaction and analysis plus interviews with Joe Root, Trevor Bayliss and victorious Australian captain Steve Smith.
England face defeat in the third test in Perth after closing day four on 132-4 in their second innings, still 127 runs behind. Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan are the not out pair after James Vince was out to a magnificent ball from Mitchell Starc having made 55. Simon Mann is joined by Michael Vaughan, Graeme Swann and Ebony Rainford-Brent looking back at the day. We also hear from James Anderson of England and Josh Hazlewood of Australia.
As England’s women are up for team of the Year at the BBC Sports Personality awards, Dan Norcross speaks to Katherine Brunt, Natalie Sciver, Isa Guha and Ebony Rainford Brent about how the women’s game is capitalizing on that victory at Lord’s.
Hear the thoughts of Mitchell Marsh on scoring his maiden test century whilst his captain Steve Smith reaches a double hundred with England on the ropes in Perth. Australia are 549-4 at the Waca, a lead of 146 runs. England assistant coach Paul Farbrace is forced to reflect on a very bad day for England who claimed just one wicket on day three. Michael Vaughan and Simon Hughes join Simon Mann to discuss what has gone wrong for Joe Root’s men. Taken from Test Match Special on BBc 5 live sports extra on Saturday 16th December 2017.
Day three of the third test saw Australian captain and the number one ranked batsman in the world Steve Smith score a 22nd Test hundred. He’s gone past a 1000 runs in this calendar year. He’s now scored 18 hundreds in his last 37 tests in which he’s averaged 70 plus. You could even describe those figures as Bradman like … But even if comparisons with the Don may be far-fetched, it is possible to make comparisons with the way they played. Simon Mann is joined by Geoffrey Boycott and Simon Hughes to look at those comparisons. We also hear interviews with former Australian captain Mark Taylor and his long time manager manager Warren Craig.
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Listen to Simon Mann and Michael Vaughan look back on Day Two of the Third test in Perth. Australia fought back to close on 203-3 and trail England by 200 runs. Jonny Bairstow scored a century but England collapsed and Steve Smith finished the day unbeaten on 92. Simon Hughes and Ebony Rainford Brent also give their views. We also hear from Jonny Bairstow and Usman Khawaja
Simon Mann led a group including Simon Hughes and BBC Sport’s Stephan Shemilt looking into England's search for quick bowlers. There are also interviews with the most successful pace bowler of all time, Glenn McGrath plus Chris Rogers.
Dawid Malan reached a maiden Test Century as England chose to bat on the opening day in Perth. They closed on 305-4. Simon Mann looks back at a strong start for England including interviews with Malan and Australian wicket keeper Tim Paine. There is also Michael Vaughan’s review plus Simon Hughes and Ebony Rainford Brent.
As the famous old Australian Ground, the WACA in Perth hosts a last Ashes Test TMS looks back on some memories of what it was like to play there and watch there. We hear from Western Australian legends, Justin Langer, Kim Hughes plus Vic Marks and Geoffrey Boycott.
Australia beat England by 120 runs in the second test at Adelaide. Australia take a two nil lead in the 5 match series. Jonathan Agnew is joined by Michael Vaughan to look back at what went wrong for England plus interviews with Joe Root, Trevor Bayliss, Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh.
Joe Root’s unbeaten 67 is maintaining England’s chances of reaching an unlikely record score to win the second test in Adelaide. The target is 354 and England closed on 176-4. Jonathan Agnew leads reaction to an extraordinary day for England. He talks to Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell plus interviews with England’s James Anderson and Australia’s assistant coach David Saker
Another chance to hear a TMS Interval special in which Jonathan Agnew talks to James Erskine, the director of a documentary following the legend Sachin Tendulkar. Also we hear from former Australian bowler and local hero to Adelaide, Jason Gillespie and we look down on the famous Adelaide sports venue from high on the roof.
During the Dinner break on the 4th day of the Adelaide Oval Test Jonathan Agnew was joined by three guests to talk about the match and the series so far. On the panel John Etheridge of the Sun, Lawrence Booth, Editor of Wisden and Daily Mail reporter and Gus Worland of the Australian radio station Triple M
Reaction and opinion on an extraordinary days Ashes cricket which saw England bowled out for 227 and their bowlers take four Australian second innings wickets to close on 53-4. The hosts ahead by 268 runs on the third day at the Adelaide Oval. Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell talk about the day and what chance if any England have of pulling off an amazing comeback in the second test. There are also three interviews with James Anderson, Chris Woakes and Mitchell Starc.
During a rain break at the Adelaide Oval, Dan Norcross was joined in the TMS commentary box by three of England’s world cup winning team. Heather Knight, Tammy Beaumont and Alex Hartley talked about the amazing year gone by, the recent Ashes series and what is to come next year including an expanded Kia Super League.
Jonathan Agnew talks with Michael Vaughan and we hear interviews from Shaun Marsh and Trevor Bayliss on a difficult day for England. Australia declared 442/8 with Marsh scoring his first Ashes century. In reply England lost the wicket of Mark Stoneman before rain brought an early end to play at the Adelaide Oval.
Adam Gilchrist joined Jonathan Agnew during the break at Adelaide to talk about the work of the Lord’s Taveners in Australia. Adam’s father is closely involved but Adam himself is a National Ambassador and tells us more about their work. He also gives his opinion on how relations between players could improve, the idea of day/night test cricket along with other issues in the sport.
England’s bowlers missed an opportunity after winning the toss in the day/night test in Adelaide. The hosts closed 209-4. Craig Overton picked up the wicket of Steve Smith on his debut but Usman Khawaja made 53. Jonathan Agnew was joined my Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell to look back at the day and we hear an interview with Craig Overton.
Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan react to England’s disappointing start to the Ashes. Was the margin of defeat on a friendly surface even more worrying? What positives are there to take as we look ahead to Adelaide? Plus, Jonny Bairstow says his alleged head-butt on Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft has been "completely blown out of proportion", but what do we make of it?
As England fell to a ten wicket defeat in Brisbane, Correspondent Jonathan Agnew is joined by Michael Vaughan to look back at the game and discuss what England need to do before the second test in Adelaide. We also hear interviews with England captain, Joe Root, England coach, Trevor Bayliss and Australian Captain and Man of the Match, Steve Smith.
Australia are on the verge of taking a one nil lead in the Ashes in Brisbane. They need just 56 more runs with all ten second innings wickets still standing. Reviewing the day we hear from England’s Moeen Ali and Australian wicket keeper Tim Paine, while Jonathan Agnew talks about where England have gone wrong and what changes they may need to make with Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell.
England hold a small lead of seven runs in their second innings in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. They closed on 33-2 with Joe Root and Mark Stoneman the not out batsman. Earlier Australian captain Steve Smith scored a century to put England under pressure. Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan look back at the day plus interviews with Steve Smith and Stuart Broad.
Actor Ioan Gruffudd who is currently filing in Brisbane joined Jonathan Agnew on a day off watching the Ashes at the Gabba. Ioan talks on sevral subjects including his career, love of cricket and rugby and the importance of the welsh language.
Australia closed day 2 of the 1st Test trailing England by 137 runs at 165-4. They had been 76-4 in reply to England’s 302 all out after England collapsed, losing six wickets for 56. David Malan had reached a half century. Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan look back at the day and we also hear from England’s James Anderson and Australia’s Mitchell Starc following the days action.
England and Middlesex all rounder Toby Roland-Jones took your questions during the lunch interval on TMS. Unable to take part in the Ashes due to injury he spent some of the night in the TMS studio and talked about his recovery from injury, the untidiest player in the England dressing room and the highlights of his career so far.
England won the toss and batting first closed a rain affected opening day in Brisbane at 196-4, with runs for James Vince and Mark Stoneman. We hear from the Surrey batsman and look back on day one with Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan talking about a good and confident performance from England’s less experienced players plus a late rally from Australia leaving the day in the balance.