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Test Match Special podcast

Test Match Special

By BBC Radio 5 live  

Insight and analysis from the Test Match Special team - including interviews with top players and special features.

Insight and analysis from the Test Match Special team - including interviews with top players and special features.

 

#183

The making of a winning team - Gloucestershire on the rise again in 2021

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. ... Read more

10 May 2021

29 MINS

29:24

10 May 2021


#182

The IPL is postponed

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. ... Read more

05 May 2021

46 MINS

46:47

05 May 2021


#181

TMS PAYS TRIBUTE TO DARREN STEVENS @45 plus the best of the action

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. ... Read more

26 Apr 2021

39 MINS

39:46

26 Apr 2021


#180

IPL: RCB on top, CSK proving doubters wrong and Stokes out injured

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. ... Read more

20 Apr 2021

33 MINS

33:05

20 Apr 2021


#179

Domestic cricket on a global stage Men and Women

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. ... Read more

19 Apr 2021

34 MINS

34:10

19 Apr 2021


#178

The 2021 IPL is up and running

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. ... Read more

13 Apr 2021

32 MINS

32:39

13 Apr 2021


#177

15 wickets fall on day two in Chennai

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. ... Read more

14 Feb 2021

35 MINS

35:03

14 Feb 2021


#176

'"India well on top" after the first day in Chennai

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. ... Read more

13 Feb 2021

37 MINS

37:08

13 Feb 2021


#175

Anderson inspires England to ’10/10’ Test win over India

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. ... Read more

09 Feb 2021

39 MINS

39:31

09 Feb 2021


#174

Bess bowls England to strong position in Chennai

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. ... Read more

07 Feb 2021

39 MINS

39:56

07 Feb 2021


#173

A double ton from the captain as England dominate

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. ... Read more

06 Feb 2021

46 MINS

46:49

06 Feb 2021


#172

Joe Root on his 100th Test

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. ... Read more

03 Feb 2021

47 MINS

47:58

03 Feb 2021


#171

Kevin Pietersen on his stunning Mumbai century

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. ... Read more

29 Jan 2021

28 MINS

28:30

29 Jan 2021


#170

#40from40: Nish Kumar

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. ... Read more

31 Dec 2020

29 MINS

29:03

31 Dec 2020


#169

The TMS preview of 2021

Jonathan Agnew is joined by members of the TMS team to preview 2021, including a few very out-there predictions… ... Read more

29 Dec 2020

39 MINS

39:05

29 Dec 2020


#168

#40from40: Professor Robert Winston

Professor Robert Winston tells Jonathan Agnew how cricket fits into a busy life of science, medicine and journalism. ... Read more

24 Dec 2020

35 MINS

35:56

24 Dec 2020


#167

The TMS review of 2020

Jonathan Agnew, Simon Mann, Ebony Rainford-Brent and Andy Zaltzman sit down and reflect on cricket in 2020, choosing their favourite moments from a highly unusual year. ... Read more

22 Dec 2020

44 MINS

44:30

22 Dec 2020


#166

#40from40: Damian Lewis

Actor Damian Lewis is plucked from his seat in the stands at Lord's to visit the TMS commentary box for a chat with Jonathan Agnew in 2013. ... Read more

17 Dec 2020

27 MINS

27:12

17 Dec 2020


#165

Voices of the World: Prakash Wakankar

Commentator Prakash Wakankar joins Jonathan Agnew to talk about his remarkable journey from cricket field to commentary box to boardroom. ... Read more

15 Dec 2020

32 MINS

32:28

15 Dec 2020


#164

The tour is cancelled – so what next?

Jonathan Agnew is joined by Michael Vaughan after England’s tour to South Africa is cancelled after positive Covid-19 tests. South African journalist Firdose Moonda discusses the implications for South Africa – will any teams still be confident enough to tour the cash-strapped country? And what does it mean for the players, many of whom are already showing signs of ‘bubble fatigue’? ... Read more

07 Dec 2020

30 MINS

30:15

07 Dec 2020


#163

1st T20I vs SA: Brutal Bairstow blasts England to victory

Jonathan Agnew is joined by Tymal Mills and Andy Zaltzman to look at England’s five-wicket win over South Africa in the first T20 at Cape Town, helped by Jonny Bairstow’s brutal career-best 86 not out. But is number four where Bairstow should be batting? Tymal Mills explains why he should always be one of the first names on the teamsheet, but it’s a mixed day for the Curran family as Sam shines, but Tom has trouble. And Tymal praises the bowling action of a fellow left-arm quick… former England goalkeeper Joe Hart. ... Read more

27 Nov 2020

31 MINS

31:07

27 Nov 2020


#162

#40from40: John Lithgow

John Lithgow, star of Third Rock from the Sun and The Crown, spends a memorable half hour with Jonathan Agnew at the Oval during a Test match against India in 2007. ... Read more

26 Nov 2020

27 MINS

27:50

26 Nov 2020


#161

Voices of the World: Fazeer Mohammed

West Indies commentator Fazeer Mohammed talks to Jonathan Agnew about his broadcasting career, the day he sang a calypso on TMS and how his family are Brian Lara's electricians! ... Read more

24 Nov 2020

38 MINS

38:17

24 Nov 2020