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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...


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.


Ep 13: IPL preview, Oz coach conundrum, Sodhi shines, India’s $950m payday & more

Cricket Ultras rounds up the latest in #sandpapergate, exploring the contenders for role of Australian coach after Darren Lehmann’s resignation. There are also reviews of England’s winless winter following NZ’s successful rearguard action at Christchurch, and of the bumper TV rights deal for Indian cricket. Last, but not least, the pod previews the IPL — forecasting likely winners and losers.


Ep 10: Disciplinary action, send-offs, the endless WCQ, Anderson/Broad & much more

The latest Cricket Ultras episode reviews the highly-charged South Africa - Australia series and wonders if stronger disciplinary action, in the form of red and yellow cards, is now necessary. There’s also an endless review of the endless World Cup Qualifier, questions about England’s bowling attack and Australia’s bowling coach, and much more. Thank you for listening!


Ep 8: SA v Aus preview & predictions, PSL pool sighting, Eng v NZ, Kolpaks, red-ball retirements & more

Cricket Ultras previews the mouthwatering South Africa v Australia series, wondering if the home team is spending too much time on pitch preparation. There’s also an encounter with PSL players at the pool in Dubai along with a review of the ongoing New Zealand series. And the duo explore the spate of red-ball retirements in English cricket and Morne Morkel’s decision to retire in favour of a Kolpak contract — more signs of the troubles facing longform cricket.


Ep 7: T20 vs Tests, cricket weddings, PSL, concussions, Dhoni’s valet, Olympics & much more

The pod returns with a sighting of PSL cricketers in Dubai, before delving into recent T20 activity amid the potential decline of Test cricket. Also under the spotlight are cricket weddings, MS Dhoni’s phone situation, concussion protocol and whether cricket will ever feature at the Olympics. The pod also explores the upcoming rights auctions for Australian and India cricket.


Ep 6: IPL auction, NZ grievances, legspin renaissance, U-19 World Cup & much more

The Cricket Ultras are back after a brief hiatus to round up all of the surprises from the 2018 IPL auction, including the ‘humiliation’ of New Zealand players. The duo also discuss the welcome renaissance in legspin bowling and review India’s dominant performance at the U-19 World Cup. Also explored are India’s third Test win at its Johannesburg fortress and Australia’s new-look T20 side.


Ep 5: SA outclass India, ODI review, IPL auction preview, spoiler alerts & more

The Ultras are back to review India’s series loss in South Africa after the excellent Proteas trounced them at Centurion. Can India ever win abroad? The duo also review the Aus/Eng ODI series and almost make the mistake of discussing New Zealand cricket. Also under the spotlight is next week’s blockbuster IPL auction and listener feedback including the thorny topic of spoiler alerts. Enjoy!


Ep 3: Steve Smith’s decline, SA/Ind preview, Ashes questions, 2017 highlights & lowlights

Cricket Ultras duo Arun Sudhaman and Darren Burns return from the festive break to preview the South Africa vs India series starting later this week, the first part of a crucial year for Indian cricketing fortunes. Also under the spotlight is Steve Smith’s (relative) decline and, more realistically, his rise to becoming the game’s pre-eminent batsman. The ongoing Ashes series continues to throw up questions, not least around whether Bird and Crane can ruffle feathers. And the Cricket...