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A Thanks From the Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast - Get Involved!

As the Podcast attracts a star-studded guest list and a growing listenership, here's a thanks from the Badger and how you can get involved too... Contact the show via Twitter on @cricket_badger or email us at And send us your recorded audio for our new Letters Page feature. Get something off your chest in less than a minute, email it in and you could well find yourself on the Podcast next week!


Derbyshire's Wayne Madsen "not convinced" by 100-ball Cricket proposals

Wayne Madsen has told the Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast that he is "not convinced" that the ECB proposal to introduce The Hundred into the county game in 2020 will attract a fresh audience and could instead over-complicate the game rather than fulfil the intention to simplify the format and therefore broaden the game's appeal to the masses.


Grahame Lloyd on the Sobers six sixes ball that was a wrong 'un

Grahame Lloyd is a guest on this week's podcast and he is seeking to expose the 2006 Christie's auction of a ball sold as THE ball hit for six sixes by the legendary Garfield Sobers in Swansea in 1968. The ball sold was not genuine!


33: Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast - Wayne Madsen and Grahame Lloyd - 11 June 2018

**Wayne Madsen** joins us on this week's Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast and chats Derbyshire, The Hundred, promotion and relegation in the County Championship and his exciting new initiative - alongside his wife he las launched Madsen Sports Coaching. It's keeping him busy. Also on this week is broadcaster, writer, poet and songwriter **Grahame Lloyd**. Graham has written two books on Garfield Sobers' 1968 six hitting exploits for Nottinghamshire in Swansea and has gone on to prove that...


The Cricket Badger reacts to England's 1st Test squad announcement

On this week's Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast the Badger and Harders picked their 1st Test squad for England. When Ed Smith announced the real squad later the same day there were a few differences. Badger and Harders picked Dom Bess and were not surprised to see the Somerset man in the squad, but the inclusion of Jos Buttler, who wasn't even considered when recording the podcast was a bit of a shock! This is a clip from the full Podcast which [can be found...


32: Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast - Fabian Cowdrey and Graham Hardcastle - 15 May 2018

**Fabian Cowdrey** joins us on this week's Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast and chats early retirement from Kent, his new events business and writing songs for his brother. A fourth generation from the incredible Cowdrey clan, Fabian is happy with life as businessman, songwriter and commentator. We try and pre-empt the England announcement of Ed Smith's 1st Test squad by running the rule over all the runners and riders with **Graham Hardcastle**. You will probably guess it came as a great...


31: Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast - David Gower and Andy Wagner - 10 May 2018

Another edition of the Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast and we serve you up another England captain! We get that red carpet out once more (it's taking a battering) for David Gower who takes on an extended quick questions - lengthened because James the Cricket Badger wanted to ask more and more! The man who sits fourth in England's all-time Test run scorers list answered them all expertly. And, we welcome Andy Wagner to the Podcast. Andy is the cricket professional at Radley College where...


100-ball cricket: is it still April 1st? Badger and Harders debate the new shortest format

Graham Hardcastle joins James Buttler on the Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast this week to debate 100-ball cricket. Listen to the full Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast this week with Graham and Dan Norcross [HERE...]( Have your say: or on Twitter at @cricket_badger


30: Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast - Dan Norcross and Graham Hardcastle - 3 May 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast. Firstly, we welcome BBC Test Match Special commentator Dan Norcross who talks about his meteoric rise to the most famous commentary box in cricket. We also chat Barbados and the summer ahead. Graham Hardcastle has a slightly different opinion to the Badger on the 100-ball cricket debate. Listen to our debate on the future of the shortest form of the game on this week's show. All here in the Cricket Badger Radio Show...


Joe Root defends future of Test cricket

England Test captain beautifully sums up why Test cricket must have a future if the game of cricket is to thrive in the future... "The format that guys find most frustrating, most exhilarating, that you get the biggest highs from and that really test your character and skill out. You can find yourself in a number of different scenarios within a 5-day Test" Listen to the full Podcast here:...


29: Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast - Joe Root and Jeremy Lloyds - 23 April 2018

Welcome to a very special edition of the Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast. Firstly, we roll out the red carpet for **England Test cricket captain Joe Root**. I caught up with Rooty as he launched the new R66T Academy at his home club Sheffield Collegiate last Friday. We talk about the academy, his excitement at playing a couple of games for Yorkshire ahead of a big summer for England, his own form this winter and 100-ball cricket matches. And, last but by no means least, we welcome former...


28: Joe Root on supporting Sheffield United - "the city is red this season"

Joe Root admits his England duties Down Under have prevented him seeing them play so far this season, but he's been following their results with interest and pride.


27: Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast - James Foster, Paul Smith, IPL Betting Update - 16 April 2018

**James Foster**, Essex's wicketkeeper, joins us to talk about his county's Championship title defence. life after cricket (whenever that may be) and playing on the ice in St Moritz. Answering the Badger Quick Questions this week is former Warwickshire all-rounder **Paul Smith**. We assess the **Indian Premier League** action so far and pick our winners for IPL2018\. Where is the betting value? And you can **WIN £555 worth of cricket gear** to kit yourself out for the summer ahead courtesy...


26: Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast - Chesteshwar Pujara and Graham Hardcastle - 11 April 2018 England Season Preview

Back to our weekly podcasts and this week we look ahead to the English County Championship season. James Buttler is joined by cricket journalist Graham Hardcastle to pick the winners and losers ahead of a season that is very difficult to call. The pair also discuss Martyn Moxon's reaction to Yorkshire losing both Liam Plunkett and David Willey on the cusp of the season's start - can anything be done to limit the effect the IPL is having on English county sides. One Indian Test star not...


Chesteshwar Pujara makes gaining an Indian Test place sound so simple :)

Chesteshwar Pujara says he realised that scoring hundreds wasn't enough to break into the India Test side. So he decided to score double hundreds instead...


25: Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast - Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sam Hain and Jamie Porter - 10 April 2018 BARBADOS

In the final edition of the Calypso Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcasts we catch up with Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond, Warwickshire's Sam Hain and Essex's Jamie Porter. We hope you have enjoyed the podcasts from the Caribbean and hope we can do it again sometime soon. And you can WIN £555 worth of cricket gear to kit yourself out for the summer ahead courtesy of B3 Cricket. Contact the show via Twitter on cricket_badger or email us at


Thanks to all those that made Barbados 2018 possible

Thanks from the Cricket Badger to… Everyone at the Barbados Tourism Authority, especially Cedric and Cheryl who made the trip easy, made the two weeks superb and who have the very easy job of promoting an island destination that sells itself. Thanks to Matthew and everyone at the Sporta Group. They lay on travel that is so well organised for the teams and their supporters that you forget they are there sometimes. The best make it look easy! Thanks to the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa - if you...


24: Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast - Desmond Haynes and Dimi Mascarenhas - 5 April 2018 BARBADOS

This is a don't miss edition of the Calypso editions of the Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast as Desmond Haynes opens up about the current state of Barbados and West Indies cricket. Desmond also talks about his role at the Legends of Cricket Museum, opposite the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. It's a great place and well worth a lengthy visit. Answering the Badger's Quick Questions today is new Essex bowling coach Dimi Mascarenhas. The former England and Hampshire all-rounder also...


23: Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast - Brett D'Oliveira and Richard Gleeson - 5 April 2018 BARBADOS

As the Barbados tour draws to a close we catch up with Worcestershire all-rounder Brett D'Oliveira and Northants paceman Richard Gleeson in Barbados. Both have looked in good form in the Caribbean and are looking forward to hitting the ground running for their counties when the English season gets underway in 2018. The Badger is also joined by Cedric Lynch of Barbados Tourism to run down his Top10 things to do on this paradise island. And you can WIN £555 worth of cricket gear to kit...


22: Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast - Keaton Jennings and Delray Rawlins - 3 April 2018 BARBADOS

On another edition of the Calypso Cricket Badger Radio Show Podcast from Barbados we speak to Keaton Jennings. After swapping Durham for Lancashire the batsman who had a brief foray into the England Test side is determined to score runs for the Red Rose county in 2018. We also chat to another young talent who has England aspirations, Born in Bermuda, Delray Rawlins has impressed in the Caribbean and is hoping for a breakthrough season with Sussex this summer. The Badger is also joined by...