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




The return of the urn

Alison Mitchell, Jim Maxwell and Sunil Gupta discuss Australia retaining the Ashes, Afghanistan's historic test match win over Bangladesh and the latest on the future of MS Dhoni. The team also hear from Australia bowling coach Troy Cooley on his side's blistering pace attack which has been so effective throughout the series. Photo: Australia celebrate retaining the Ashes at Old Trafford (Image: Getty Images)


Steve Smith: Eccentric but exceptional

On this week’s episode, Alison Mitchell is joined by Sunil Gupta and Jim Maxwell to look at how the Ashes series is panning out. As Steve Smith resumes his domination of the Ashes series, we’ll ask an England fast bowler if he can spot a single weakness in Australia’s batting superstar. Plus, record-breakers of a different kind. The English village team that braved scorching heat and monsoon-like rain to play non-stop cricket for seven days! Photo: Australia batsman Steve Smith celebrates...


The miracle of Headingley (2019)

Alison Mitchell, Jim Maxwell and Charu Sharma discuss arguably one of the greatest days in Test match history. We hear from England bowler Chris Woakes who tells us what it was like in the dressing room when Ben Stokes hit the winning runs and their celebratory trip to Mcdonalds afterwards. Former England Captain David Gower compares the emotion of watching the match as a commentator to when he played in a similar Test Match in 1981 at Headingley. Finally we look at where it went wrong for...


Archer, Biscay and Concussion

With Australia’s leading batsman Steve Smith missing the third Ashes Test because of a concussion we look at what can be done to make the sport safer and ask what cricket can learn from rugby union with the help of Dr Barry O’Driscoll, former medical adviser to the International Rugby Board. Alison Mitchell and Jim Maxwell are at Headingley where Jofra Archer starred on the opening day with the ball in hand. Charu Sharma reacts to Ravi Shastri keeping his position as India head coach and...


Inclusion, Ashes & Amla

How will England fare in the second Ashes Test and could the ECB follow Cricket Australia's new policies for Transgender inclusion? Alison Mitchell and Jim Maxwell are at at Lords, and Sunil Gupta joins in the conversation from Delhi to discuss the main talking points from the second Ashes Test as England look to fight back and level the series. What can cricket in England learn from Cricket Australia's new policies for Transgender inclusion, and could the ECB follow suit? After South...


Can England bounce back at Lord's?

After a damaging defeat at Edgbaston, can England bounce back at Lord's or will Australia take another giant stride towards retaining the Ashes? Plus, imagine reaching the highest level of cricket, only to be told your bowling action breaks the laws of the game. A former international cricketer who was called for throwing tells us about the stigma he carried for the rest of his career. Photo: England captain Joe Root gives team talk (Getty Images)


Smith's redemption

As former Australia captain Steve Smith returns from his ball-tampering ban with an emotional century on the first day of the Ashes, we’ll look back on one of the great Test innings of all time with his former team-mate Mitchell Johnson. Plus, the world Test championship – a shot in the arm for Test cricket or an unnecessary fiddle that will have little effect? Photo: Steve Smith celebrates his century against England (Getty Images)


When Lara ruled the cricket world

We turn the clock back 25 years to remember Brian Lara's incredible impact on English county cricket. Reaction to England's humiliation by Ireland at Lord's just 10 days after their World Cup triumph. Plus, life at the edge: a new film exposes the mental strains of cricket at the highest level. Photo: Brian Lara in 1994 (Getty Images)


The greatest game ever - but where next for cricket?

Alison Mitchell, Jim Maxwell and Charu Sharma reflect on an incredible World Cup final and former England captain Alec Stewart talks about the work ahead in order to create a legacy for generations to come. Plus, we meet the one-woman database who took it on herself to keep a comprehensive record of the women's game around the world. Photo: Schoolchildren touch the Cricket World Cup trophy at The Oval (Getty Images)


England v New Zealand: The World Cup Final

Alison Mitchell, Jim Maxwell and Bryan Waddle preview England v New Zealand in the World Cup final at Lord's as India and Australia bow out in the semi-finals.


How England came back from the brink

England are into the semi-finals of the men's Cricket World Cup after resounding wins over India and New Zealand. We analyse how Eoin Morgan's team went from the brink of elimination to the threshold of glory. Plus as Australia strike first in the women's Ashes, a former great from each team picks out the players who will shape the latest edition of one of the game's biggest rivalries. Photo: Eoin Morgan and Mark Wood (Getty Images)


Curtly Ambrose World Cup audience special

Curtly Ambrose and Ebony Rainford-Brent join Alison Mitchell, Charu Sharma and Jim Maxwell at a cricket club in Manchester to discuss the World Cup with a live audience. Is England's World Cup blip temporary or terminal, can Australia can land a sixth crown, or is fate guiding Pakistan towards a repeat of their triumph in 1992? Photo: Sir Curtly Ambrose at South-West Manchester Cricket Club (BBC)


Can New Zealand go all the way?

Alison Mitchell, Jim Maxwell and Charu Sharma are all together at Trent Bridge to discuss the Cricket World Cup so far. How will India cope without Shikhar Dhawan, are New Zealand the dark horses for the competition and how is cricket making a difference in Afghanistan? We hear from David Warner, Mitchell Santner and fans who have attended some of the matches in the tournament. Picture: Kane Williamson celebrating after hitting a six against New Zealand (Getty Images)


India v Pakistan: the biggest rivalry in sport?

Can a rare match between archrivals India and Pakistan breathe life into a rain-soaked World Cup? We're joined by Yuvraj Singh as the India World Cup winner, who overcame cancer, retires from the international game. And the curious case of the bails that lost their Zing. Photo: India and Pakistan fans (Getty Images)


World Cup set for India-Australia showdown

From the shadows of London’s famous Oval cricket ground, the Stumped team look ahead to the biggest match of the men’s Cricket World Cup so far. Australia face India, two teams with seven World Cup titles between them. We reflect on a dismal start to the tournament by South Africa and ask former Proteas batsman Ashwell Prince why the team always seems to fluff their lines on cricket’s biggest stage. Photo: Virat Kohli celebrates Aaron Finch wicket (Getty Images)


Stokes fires up England in their World Cup opener

After all the hype and build up, the cricket extravaganza is finally underway - the hosts England are strongly tipped to win the World Cup, Alison Mitchell, Geoff Lemon and Charu Sharma all reflect on their opening victory against South Africa in a game which saw Ben Stokes hit 89 with the bat and make a wonder catch. We'll also discuss Australia's chances of retaining the title and find out what Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara thinks of his former side as they begin their campaign against...


The Cricket World Cup Countdown

Stumped presenters Alison Mitchell, Charu Sharma and Jim Maxwell count down their ten greatest ever matches from the Cricket World Cup. We hear some of the key moments and speak to the players who were involved in those stand out games. Photo: The ten captains from all of the teams involved in the 2019 Cricket World Cup (Getty Images)


Can England live up to the World Cup hype?

We preview the 2019 men's Cricket World Cup as the 10 top one-day teams in the world compete to lift the trophy at Lord's on 14 July. We speak to former England director of cricket Andrew Strauss and Afghanistan fast bowler Hamid Hassan. Plus, find out which match finished Number 1 in our shortlist of the greatest world cup matches in history. Photo:England's Eoin Morgan, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood (Press Association)


South Africa's 1999 World Cup meltdown

Reaction to Mumbai Indians' fourth Indian Premier League title in seven years. Plus, Damien Fleming relives the final over of Australia's extraordinary semi-final tie with South Africa in the 1999 World Cup. And former Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu on the threats that led him to flee his homeland. Photo: South Africa's Lance Klusener (Getty Images)


How O'Brien battered England in Bangalore

Our Cricket World Cup countdown continues with the day Irish eyes were smiling. We'll hear from Kevin O'Brien, whose record-breaking century shocked England in 2011. Plus, a World Cup final of a different kind at Lord's. We'll hear how street children from around the world sent out a powerful message of hope through the game of cricket. Photo: Kevin O'Brien (Getty Images)