The weekly cricket show from BBC Sport in association with ABC and All India Radio

The weekly cricket show from BBC Sport in association with ABC and All India Radio
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The weekly cricket show from BBC Sport in association with ABC and All India Radio




India's History-Makers

As India complete the first ever Test series victory in Australia, Alison Mitchell speaks to former India batsman Aakash Chopra and Jim Maxwell runs the rule over the new faces in Australia's squad to play Sri Lanka. Plus West Indies interim coach Richard Pybus speaks to Stumped reporter Sam Sheringham about the size of his task as the Windies prepare to host England. Photo: Virat Kohli (Getty Images)


Is This the Best India Team to Tour Australia?

Ailson Mitchell and Jim Maxwell are at the Sydney Cricket Ground as India take on Australia in the final Test. We speak to a relieved Dale Steyn after the South Africa fast bowler ended his three-and-a-half year wait to become his country's record Test wicket-taker. And we'll be joined by Smriti Mandhana, the Indian batting star and recently crowned women's cricketer of the year. Photo: Chesteshwar Pujara (Getty Images)


What Next for Test Newcomers Afghanistan and Ireland?

Cricket's newest Test nations face an exciting 2019 after their historic debuts. We'll tell the stories behind Ireland and Afghanistan's journeys to Test cricket. Plus former Ireland international Niall O'Brien and Afghan journalist Emal Pasarly on the next steps in cricket for their respective countries. Picture: Afsar Zazai (AFP) & Kevin O'Brien (Getty Images)


Tensions Flare in Perth

As Australia level the series with India in Perth, former Australia batsman Ed Cowan analyses the spat between captains Tim Paine and Virat Kohli. Plus Dwayne Bravo on the West Indies' love affair with Twenty20 cricket. Picture: Virat Kohli and Tim Paine (Getty Images)


India Dazzle Down Under

One Test down, and it is advantage India Down Under. In a thrilling final day in Adelaide, India claimed victory - their first on Australian soil since 2008. The Stumped team analyse the action and savour what looks to be a Test series for the ages. Can India go on to do something special? Or will Australia stamp out their ball-tampering demons in their first home Test since the scandal in March? We hear from Australian greats Allan Border and Mitchell Johnson, along with Indian batter...


Australia v India: the redemption Test?

This week’s episode comes from Adelaide as Australia take on India in their first home Test since their ball-tampering scandal in South Africa earlier this year. Alison Mitchell is joined by Harsha Bhogle and Jim Maxwell in the Adelaide Oval commentary box as they reflect on the action so far.


Cricket Bids for Commonwealth Games Return

Australia women's captain Meg Lanning reflects on their dominant victory over England in the World Twenty20 final. Plus, as cricket makes a bid for inclusion in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, South Africa's Paul Adams remembers his team's gold medal in the 1998 Games in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: South Africa celebrate 1998 Commonwealth Games gold medal (Getty)


Patel's Dream Debut

Reaction to the opening exchanges between Australia and India as the Aussies name their squad for the first two Tests. Are safety concerns and lack of opportunities in schools limiting the take-up of cricket among girls in India? Plus, we meet 30-year-old New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel, who inspired his team to one of the closest victories in Test history. Photo: Ajaz Patel (Getty Images)


What can Australia's men learn from the women?

Australia have their fourth World Twenty20 title in sight - we hear from Ellyse Perry on how the women's team have bypassed the fiasco involving the scathing cultural review on Cricket Australia. This week, Australia fast bowler John Hastings retired because of a bleeding lung condition and we hear from England spinner Jack Leach on coping with Crohn's disease. Picture - Ellyse Perry (Getty Images)


Can We Ever Prevent Spot-Fixing?

It's being called a global epidemic. More allegations of match-fixing at the highest level of cricket. But why aren't the players implicated by Al Jazeera being named, and what more can be done to cut the link between the fixers and the players? Plus - as one great bowler prepares to call time on his career, another announces himself on the game's biggest stage.


Shane Warne Special

He's had a sensational cricketing career, taking 708 wickets in 145 Tests for Australia and will be forever remembered for the most famous delivery of all time - The Ball of the Century - the Australian cricket legend Shane Warne is our special guest - hear his thoughts on the cheating scandal and why he has decided to share his personal journey in a new autobiography. Picture - Shane Warne (Credit - BBC)


New Era for Australia

Australia look to repair relationships and build bridges from the cheating scandal that rocked the sport - we discuss Australia's new look squad as they face Pakistan in a two Test series in the UAE. We also look ahead to the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League with rising star, Nepal's international Sandeep Lamichhane and we speak to Chris Carter who has decided to give up a career in cricket to become a pilot. Picture - Tim Paine (Credit - Getty Images)


Has Sledging Gone too Far?

Charu Sharma, Alister Nicholson and Natalie Germanos ask whether Moeen Ali "Osama" revelation changes the way cricketers behave out in the field? Xhosa-speaking South Africans have been playing cricket for more than 160 years. But only now can they do so in their mother tongue. And we find out how a new cricket initiative is aiming to increase female participation from the South Asian community. (Photo - Moeen Ali. Credit - Getty Images)


Ben Stokes: The Road to Redemption?

After being cleared of affray outside a Bristol nightclub, should England cricketer Ben Stokes play in the third Test against India which starts on Saturday? The England and Wales Cricket Board will now decide whether they will punish Stokes further - and if so, what would be the appropriate sanction? We also ask, what more can be done to attract black cricketers to play the sport? And would Alison Mitchell be tempted to feature in a dancing contest in India? Picture - Ben Stokes (Credit -...


1,000 Tests Not Out

In 1877, England played their first ever Test match - 141 years on - they have become the first nation to reach 1000 matches in the longest format of the game - we reflect on England's Test history with cricket journalist Simon Wilde who has written a book called England: The Biography, the story of English Cricket 1877-2018. Plus find out how Imran Khan went from a cricketing icon to potentially becoming Pakistan's prime minister. Picture - Joe Root and Virat Kohli (Credit - Getty Images)


'Serious Boshing' – the Week Records Tumbled

England broke their own world record for the highest one-day international total, making 481 runs off 50 overs against Australia at Trent Bridge. In professional cricket, only Surrey have got closer to 500, when they scored 496 at the Oval and only New Zealand Women's team have scored more in an ODI, when they hit Ireland for 490 earlier this month. We ask, which team will reach the 500 mark first? The Acting Chief Executive Officer of Cricket South Africa, Thabang Moroe, believes that the...


The Rise of Afghanistan's Cricket Team

It's a nation that has been torn apart by decades of war but after a long long wait, finally Afghanistan are playing their first ever Test match against India - Our reporter Sam Sheringham is in India to find out about Afghanistan's remarkable journey. The Afghan Cricket chairman Atif Mashal has been telling us what it means to be part of cricket's most exclusive club. Bangladesh's women's team pulled off a dramatic three-wicket victory in the final against six-time champions India to clinch...


Indigenous Beginnings: The History of Aboriginal Cricket

One-hundred and fifty years ago, 13 Aboriginals became the first Australia team to tour overseas when they travelled to England. Author Greg de Moore tells the remarkable story of how the Aboriginal team was created - which he believes is the most important part of Australian cricket's history. To mark the anniversary, the best Aboriginal players from Australia are back in England this summer, to trace the steps of those pioneers in 1868. Hannah Darlington is one of them and she joins us at...


Mickey Arthur Wonder Coach

Pakistan out-fought, out-skilled and outplayed England in the first Test at Lords to silence their critics - we ask how has Mickey Arthur transformed a team usually mocked for their fielding to showing England how to win in English conditions. We hear from legendary pace bowler Waqar Younis. In contrast, where is it going wrong for England? Former England batsman James Taylor speaks to Alison Mitchell about how can Trevor Bayliss and Joe Root turn their form around having gone eight Tests...


Does English Cricket have a Diversity Problem?

Vikram Solanki became the only full-time non-white coach across the domestic league in England after becoming assistant head coach of Surrey County Cricket Club - we speak to Roland Butcher, the first black player to represent England, on the lack of ethnic minority coaches in county cricket. Two weeks ago, not many of you would have heard of 26-year-old wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen - but he is now been in the headlines following a remarkable performance with the bat to give South Africa a...