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Ep 33: Ind & NZ win! Shastriballs, Tendulkar trolls, Fox vs ABC, NZ miss out, brotherly love & much more

A seminal week in cricket saw India win the first Test against Australia while New Zealand clinched a famous series victory over Pakistan. The Ultras review both in detail while also delving into Ravi Shastri's latest musings on life and sport, Tendulkar's sophisticated Twitter trolling, the relative merits of commentary on Fox Sports vs ABC and, indeed, a comparison of Nathan Lyon's brother vs Usman Khawaja's. And much more!


Ep 32: Michael Clarke & Mithali Raj, Aus-Ind preview, no Shaw thing, Yasir's dream, Eng whitewash

Cricket Ultras reviews a dramatic couple of weeks highlighted by the war of words that has broken out among ex-Australian cricketers and, separately, betweeen Mithali Raj and Ramesh Powar. The duo also preview the upcoming Aus-Ind Test series and review Pakistan's unsurprising Yasir-inspired turnaround, along with England's rather more rare whitewash.


Ep 31: Women's WT20, Shastri vs Kohli, Pak vs NZ epic, Eng vs SL, Aus vs Ind, Ban vs Zim & more

Cricket Ultras previews the women's World T20 semi-finals before discussing the curious dynamic between Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli. They also review Pakistan's epic collapse against New Zealand, and England's excellent series win vs Sri Lanka, before turning their attention to the upcoming Australia v India series.


Ep 30: Elite honesty, Aus in turmoil, Eng spin dream, Kohli's trolling, 360 bowling & much more

Australia's cricket turmoil is firmly under the spotlight this week as the Cricket Ultras podcast explore the latest departures with a level of 'elite honesty' that our listeners will no doubt find commendable. The duo also review England's encouraging first Test performance in Sri Lanka, including Ben Foakes' dream debut, Virat Kohli's misguided trolling, a new 360 bowling manoeuvre and a disastrous loss for Bangladesh.


Ep 29: Damning Aus review, Kohli's 10k, sad Saurav, troubled Ranatunga, resurgent Denly & more

The Cricket Ultras are back to review the review of Australia's cricketing culture, which has presented a damning indictment of Cricket Australia. Darren Burns and Arun Sudhaman also discuss Kohli's 10k ODI runs, the state of cricket admin in India, the legal woes facing Arjuna Ranatunga and the curious case of Joe Denly's international resurgence.


Ep 28: PakvAus, India's Shaw thing, SLC's letters from the edge, Warnie's cartoon, CC review

The Cricket Ultras are back with a new episode bursting with news from across the cricket world. First up, they discuss Pakistan's strong start to its Test series vs Australia in Dubai, before reviewing the remarkable Test debut of 18 year-old Indian wunderkind Prithvi Shaw. Also in the spotlight is the SLC's decision to drop Angelo Matthews for poor running, Shane Warne's entertaining new autobiography, a brief diversion to consider Ravi Shastri's playing career, and a review of the County...


Ep 27: Asia Cup, Moeen's bombshell, Maxwell's woes, Shoaib's scarf, Bhaji's dinosaur & much more

The Cricket Ultras review the ongoing action at the Asia Cup, along with the curious affair of Glenn Maxwell's non-selection for the Australian team. They also discuss Moeen's new attitude, Harbhajan Singh's desire to return as a dinosaur, and recap the England v India series.


Ep 26: Cook's retirement, Ashwin vs Netflix, Shastri vs Masterchef, Shane Watson's pads, Asia Cup & more

This week's episode of Cricket Ultras looks back at Alastair Cook's career ahead of his final Test vs India at the Oval. There's also a discussion of how Ravichandran Ashwin is like Netflix, Ravi Shastri and Masterchef, Shane Watson's lucky pads, reviews of the England vs India series and a preview of the Asia Cup.


Ep 25: Trent Bridge turnaround, Peak Shastri, the CPL diet, Ageas Bowl preview & much more

All three Cricket Ultras join this week's show to break down a remarkable turnaround at Trent Bridge, and where it ranks among India's best overseas wins. There's also a forensic analysis of 'peak Shastri', following another remarkable interview, and a brief digression to consider the Indian coach's place among Fargo villains. We also preview the fourth Test in Southampton, exploring England's various catching, batting and selection woes. And there's some quick hits on the CPL, the A team...


Ep24: The Stokes affair, India in disarray, Vijay vs Karthik, NZ coach, CPL drama, Pak highlight/lowlight

Ben Stokes has been found not guilt of affray but the Cricket Ultras duo explore the wider implications of the feisty allrounder's behaviour. The latest episode also previews the third Test between England and India, wondering whether the drama between Murali Vijay and Dinesh Karthik can be held responsibile for India's disarray. There's also a new coach in New Zealand, fireworks at the CPL, and plenty of political intrigue in Pakistan...for a change.


Ep 23: Eng v Ind epic, lesser Currans, Duke balls, new Pope, Bhaji's brilliance & more

The Cricket Ultras duo review all the action from an epic Test match at Edgbaston, and preview the second England v India Test at Lord's. Also under the spotlight are the Curran family, the Duke ball, both teams' misfiring batting lineups and, most importantly, Harbhajan Singh's remarkable commentary debut.


Ep.22: Nick Gubbins interview, Ind v Eng preview, Ind cricket louts, SL bad boys & more

England hopeful Nick Gubbins joins Cricket Ultras to discuss his meteoric rise to become one of the country's top batting prospects. Gubbins also previews the upcoming England v India Test series, which the Cricket Ultras duo explore in more detail. There's also a report from Lord's on Indian cricket louts, discussion of Sri Lanka's new status as cricket badboys and much more.


Ep 21: India up, Australia down, England expects, cricket dope & more

After a brief hiatus to explore alternative sports lifestyles, the Cricket Ultras are back to review the latest T20 shenanigans involving India, Australia and England. Meanwhile the pod also ponders one of the great questions, does marijuana help cricketers play better?


Ep 20: Scotland fly high, new era for Aus, Afg's debut Test, selection Qs for Eng & much more

The Cricket Ultras is 20 not out! To mark the episode, Toby Doman joins Arun Sudhaman and Darren Burns to review Scotland's famous victory over England, and the question marks this raised for England's ODI selection. We also preview Australia's new look team as it aims to put 'sandpapergate' behind it, look at Afghanistan's debut Test against India, and address some listener feedback on famous families.


Ep 19: Another Australian resigns, England win a Test match, 'fun sledging', famous families & more

Cricket Ultras reviews the resignation of Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland, along with coaching vacancy in New Zealand. The pod also discusses Australian coach Justin Langer's 'fun sledging' plans, and come to terms with England finally winning a Test match. Last, but not least, there's a digression on famous cricket families, now that Arjun Tendulkar has entered the Indian setup,


Ep 18: CSK winners, Eng losers, match-fixing intrigue, NZ celebs & much more

The Cricket Ultras is back with a look at an eventful week in the cricket world, including CSK's triumph in the IPL and England's abject loss vs Pakistan. The duo also explore the history of match-fixing in light of the latest allegations and review celebrity culture in the New Zealand city of Hamilton.


Ep 17: Whingeing Aussies, Warnie's dream mural, Virat's weights, tossing the toss & more

Cricket Ultras returns to review the world of cricket, starting with Shane Warne's claim that Aussies are whingeing too much. After a brief, terrifying detour into Warnie's dream dinner party mural, the pod reviews Ireland's creditable Test debut and looks at England's selection for the first Test against Pakistan. There's also an update on the latest from the IPL, a discussion of moves to dispense with the toss, and a meditation on Virat's weightlifting and the fitness of Indian cricketers...


Ep 16: Cricket in North Korea; Kim Jong-Il's PR firm; Ireland's Test debut; Aus coaching reshuffle & more

The Cricket Ultras returns with Darren Burns celebrating the 10th anniversary of the first (and possibly last) cricket tour to North Korea, which also included a rather curious dream about Kim Jong-Il's PR agency. Also on the pod, the duo review Ireland's Test debut, Kohli's upcoming Surrey stint, the latest from the IPL, and Australia's coaching merry-go-round.


Ep 15: 100 problems for the ECB; Pakistan shenanigans; County Championship deep dive; IPL update

Cricket Ultras welcomes another new contributor as Toby Doman from Dow Jones arrives to break down the English first-class season, including selection prospects for the national team after a dismal winter. There's also a sceptical look at the ECB's new-fangled 100 format, along with an update on IPL highlights. And what would a new Pakistan squad be without a hefty dose of drama about the notable players who have been left out?


Ep 14: Tim Cutler on WCQ & more; Chennai loses out; IPL review; Wisden's top 5.

The Cricket Ultras welcome their first guest to the pod in the shape of Tim Cutler, who ended a two-year stint as Cricket Hong Kong CEO last year. Cutler discusses the recent World Cup Qualifier and the prospects for Associate nations, while also exploring the #sandpapergate scandal in Australia. Elsewhere, the pod whips around the IPL, looking at the decision to strip Chennai of games, and also reviews Wisden's five cricketers of the year.