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Ep 48: Steve Smith's head, Prithvi's sizzurp, Virat Rohit beef, earthing & more

Cricket Ultras breaks down the first Ashes Test, tries to get inside Steve Smith's head and avoids doing the same with Moeen Ali. They also look Prithvi Shaw's drugs ban, the beef between Virat & Rohit, India's next coach and much more.


Ep. 47: Boundaries, overthrows, bits & pieces, fantasy Super Over, WC review & more

It's time for the big World Cup review as the Cricket Ultras break down England's thrilling 'victory' over a desperately unlucky New Zealand team. The trio also select their highlights and lowlights from the lengthy tournament, including fantasy Super Over selections, favourite players, best catches, biggest disappointments and facepalm moments to remember.


Ep 46: The Shakib show, short boundaries, shadow batting, WC review & more

As the World Cup finally reaches its business end, the Ultras are back to review all the action, including Shakib Al Hasan's heroics, Steve Smith's shadow batting and young Jonny Bairstow's approach to media training. There's also predictions for the knockout stages, when they eventually arrive, and selections for the tournament's best catches so far.


Ep 45: Groove theory, Pak delights, Kiwis slumber, Ganguly trolls, Yuvraj retires, & more

Offspin podcast co-host Simon Day joins the Ultras from New Zealand to review the first week of the world cup, including the AB de Villiers debacle, the difficulty of staying awake for the Black Cap matches, and Shakib Al Hasan's curious disciplinary record. There's also discussion of the burning topics from the World Cup, including those pesky bails, Saurav Ganguly's baffling commentary, Pakistan's resurgence and South Africa's disintegration. Finally, the Ultras pay tribute to the one...


Ep. 44: World Cup fever!, predictions, cricket music & more

The World Cup is here! The Ultras are an excitable trio as they break down the latest squad updates, make a bunch of unfounded predictions and explore cricket's curious relationship with music.


EP. 43: Cricket skincare, IPL winners, Lala land, Aggers rebuked & much more

Under the fierce glare of the Cricket Ultras spotlight this week is a new skincare ad from India cricket stars, possibly the finest of it genre. The pod also reviews Mumbai's IPL triumph, the latest World Cup news, Shahid Afridi's autobiography and more.


Ep 42: IPL highlights, 3D glasses, Bob the Builder, WC squads & more

The Cricket Ultras trio review the latest from the IPL, focusing on the tournament's highlights so far — including Dhoni's infamous walk-on and Dinesh Karthik's description of Shubman Gill as a "novelty". There's also an in-depth look at most of the World Cup squads, along with discussion of Alex Hales' controversial removal, Afghani captaincy intrigue and more.


Ep. 41: U-15 Mankads, Dre Russ, RCB woes, super overs, Akon shows & much more

The Cricket Ultras are back to break down an eventful IPL season, including Ashwin's controversial run-out of Joss Butler, the Dre Russ phenomenon and a discussion of whether RCB are the worst IPL team ever. There's also a look at David Warner's resurgence, Kagiso Rabada's brilliance and CSK's impressive approach to cricket and life. And more, including Umar Akmal's ill-fated decision to attend an Akon gig.


Ep. 40: The big IPL preview, reintegration, Afg's maiden Test win, Aus revival, WC songs & more

The Cricket Ultras are reintegrating this week, with a big IPL preview that covers all eight franchises. Who will win? Who will lose? Who will get a Netflix series? The trio also discuss Afghanistan's maiden Test win, Australia's one-day revival, India's selection conundrum, World Cup ticketing woes, songs and more.


Ep. 39: Cricket Fever, Kolpaks, Jofra Archer, Universe Boss, King Kane, IndvAus and more

Cricket Ultras reviews new Netflix series Cricket Fever, finding an enthralling mix of the sublime and ridiculous. There's also discussion of Duanne Olivier's decision to turn his back on South Africa in favour of a Kolpak, Jofra Archer's England prospects, and resurgence of Chris Gayle. Meanwhile, Kane Williamson is poised to take spot among Test batsmen, while India and Australia hone their WC squads.


Ep. 38: Rejuvenated fast bowlers, Shoaib sighting, BBL review, Big 3 blame, WC run-up & more

The latest episode of Cricket Ultras reviews the latest from around the world, including the fast bowling rejuvenation of Mark Wood, Dale Steyn, Kemar Roach and Mitchell Starc. There's also time to blame the Big 3 for more of humanity's ills, a sighting of Shoaib Akhtar in Dubai, the BBL fan experience reviewed, and the World Cup run-up begins.


Ep. 37: Calamitous Eng, resurgent WI, left-hand tosses, listicle love, SL shambles & more

Plenty of cricket under the scanner in the latest edition of Cricket Ultras, including Australia's dominance of Sri Lanka, which finally featured some centurions for the home team. The Ultras trio also discuss Sri Lanka's continued descent into shambles, Tim Paine's new tossing method and India's ODI victory in NZ, before Toby Doman arrives to break down England's calamitous display against a resurgent West Indian cricket team. Thanks for listening!


Ep. 36: Historic India, careless whispers, banning football, banning Hardik & much more

The Cricket Ultras welcomes back Toby Doman to join Arun Sudhaman and Darren Burns as the trio round up India's historic series win over Australia, and Ravi Shastri's even more historic press conference. They also look at Australia's selectorial shenanigans, England's new coach, South Africa's thrashing of Pakistan and the Hardik Pandya scandal.


Ep 35: 2018 Elite Honesty Awards, Test roundups, quotes from the Shastriverse & more

Our first episode of 2019 features a review of three big Boxing Day Test matches, as India, New Zealand and South Africa all triumph, leaving Australia and Pakistan — in particular — with plenty of questions to answers. There's also a discussion of Kerry O'Keefe's blundering comments on Fox Sports. To wrap up 2018, meanwhile, the Cricket Ultras unveil the inaugural Elite Honesty Awards, featuring recognition for the best players and teams of the year along with — of course — Muppet of the...


Ep. 34: Stump mics, Steve Smith tomatoes, brains trusts, NZ fly high, Shanghai vs HK & more

Under the bright glare of the Cricket Ultras scanner this week are Test matches from Perth and Wellington, which saw Australia fight back to square their series, while Sri Lanka pulled off a famous match-saving effort. The duo also discuss the latest stump mic flashpoints, the Indian selectorial 'brains trust', the Steve Smith greenhouse tomato, Shanghai's curious win over Hong Kong, and much more. Happy Christmas everyone!


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.