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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.

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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Coverage of England’s cricket matches. Insight and analysis from Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott, plus interviews with the top players.




Cook: Foakes has changed England’s dynamic

Sir Alastair Cook joins Ebony Rainford Brent and Mark Chapman to talk about Joe Root’s captaincy, England’s chances in the West Indies, and why he still hasn’t filled in the paperwork to collect his knighthood. Plus West Indian broadcaster and journalist Fazeer Mohammed talks us through the latest crisis in the Caribbean, but why some new fast bowlers might help bring back the glory days.


A series whitewash and Donald Trump on cricket

Jonathan Agnew, Vic Marks and Michael Vaughan look back on a rare overseas series whitewash for England as they win 3-0 in Sri Lanka. We hear from Joe Root, Trevor Bayliss and Ben Foakes. Plus President Donald Trump gives Dan Norcross and Andy Zaltzman an ‘exclusive’ interview on the series and his deep love of cricket.


No balls, skinning cats, and best first name XI

As England stand on the verge of a series whitewash, Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan review a day’s play where Ben Stokes was twice out to a no-ball from a spinner – Jos Buttler tells us he wants the third umpire to be able to call no-balls. Michael also gives us his thoughts on Jonny Bairstow’s hundred (and celebration) from earlier in the Test, and we try and work out the best possible Test side using only people with the same first name.


England thrashed, Australia triumphant

Former England captain Charlotte Edwards and Henry Moeran react as Australia beat England by eight wickets to lift the Women’s World Twenty20 title. England coach Mark Robinson picks apart his side’s loss, and the TMS team look back on the tournament as whole, from the rain-soaked pitches to controversial umpiring decisions and stellar support in the stands.


Sri Lanka’s collapse and Calculator XIs

Jonathan Agnew and Vic Marks review a day in which Sri Lanka lost nine wickets for 67 runs in an England-esque collapse. Adil Rashid joins us after his career-best figures, World Cup winner Lydia Greenway tells us what England’s women will be doing ahead of their final against Australia, and we come up with a team of Test cricketers whose names can be written upside down on a calculator.


Angry Bairstow and a stat-off

Jonny Bairstow explains to Jonathan Agnew the reasons behind his ‘angry’ celebration as he brought up his Test century, and Aggers and Vic Marks look back on a fine innings for England’s new number three. Meanwhile Andy Zaltzman is challenged to a stat-off by a listener, and another one compares Niroshan Dickwella to Michael Bolton.


England cruise into the WT20 final

England cruised into the Women's World T20 final - where they will face Australia - after a dominant eight-wicket win over India in Antigua.


Missed catches, missed opportunities

Ex-England captain Charlotte Edwards and Henry Moeran reflect on England’s first defeat of the 2018 Women’s World Twenty20, losing narrowly to defending champions West Indies, with reaction from current captain Heather Knight. England will now face India in the semi-finals


England win a series overseas!

Michael Vaughan and Jonathan Agnew look back on England’s first overseas win for nearly three years, and Joe Root tells Aggers of his pride at his first away series win as captain. Meanwhile, Andy Zaltzman has details of a world record, but fails to work out a listener’s question, and we discuss whether Novak Djokovic can influence England’s selection for the Colombo Test.


Jennings’ parry, scorecard recognition and the Catch Jukebox

Keaton Jennings admits to us that his parry for Ben Foakes’ catch wasn’t deliberate, as England finish needing just three more wickets to win the series; Sri Lanka need 75 runs. Michael Vaughan and Jonathan Agnew review the day, and Dan Norcross and Andy Zaltzman discuss what other great cricketing feats don’t get recognition on a scorecard.


Hats off to Shrubsole

Former England players Ebony Rainford-Brent and Charlotte Edwards join Henry Moeran to reflect on a strong bowling performance from England in their Women’s World Twenty20 win over South Africa, led by a hat-trick from Anya Shrubsole.


Joe Root’s best ever century? A sweeping statement

As Joe Root tells us that his century in Pallekele felt like his best ever for England, Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan analyse a day that has put England in the driving seat of the second Test match against Sri Lanka. Plus Andy Zaltzman sets Dan Norcross his usual challenge, Zafar Ansari explains why he retired from cricket aged 25, and we get your cricketers who would make good politicians, after Theresa May once again compared herself to Geoffrey Boycott.


Sri Lanka’s revival, Brexit Or Cricket, penalty runs & medieval medicine

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’.


Curran’s fightback, consolation bananas, and beer on the pitch

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...


England beat the rain and Bangladesh

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.


A win overseas and wicket-taking number 3s

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.


Jennings in a fishbowl, Foakes' folks, and fielding apps

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.


Foakes’ records put England in control, and Leach on Crohn’s disease

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.


Ben Foakes, Alastair Cook’s video, and Sir Viv Richards

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.


“One of the worst one-day performances I’ve ever seen from England”

Jonathan Agnew, Vic Marks and Simon Mann look back on a humbling day for England, who were thrashed by Sri Lanka in Colombo. We’re also joined by Al Jazeera journalist David Harrison, who speaks in depth about the worrying allegations made in their documentary on corruption in cricket. And, on a very different note, Graeme Swann reveals that he’s had a naked spray tan, and we speak to the man who lost a bet and got a tattoo of Alastair Cook’s batting average.