England too good in tournament of upsets: T20 World Cup review

England too good in a tournament of upsets: T20 World Cup reviewEngland too good in a tournament of upsets: T20 World Cup review

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In the latest episode of the podcast we discuss the recently concluded T20 World Cup in Australia – where England were crowned champions. We focus on some of the themes of the tournament – upsets, teams assessing a variety of conditions, exploiting ground dimensions, and the overall calibre of strokeplay


Sri Lanka’s unique and incredible cricket history – interview with author Nicholas Brookes

Sri Lanka’s unique and incredible cricket history – interview with author Nicholas BrookesSri Lanka’s unique and incredible cricket history – interview with author Nicholas Brookes

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In the latest episode we talk to author and journalist Nicholas Brookes about his recent book An Island’s XI: The Story of Sri Lankan Cricket. We talk about Nicholas’ journey in learning about different aspects of Sri Lankan cricket and touch upon some of the key themes in the book


‘Cricket in England is held back by its own mythology’ – interview with author Duncan Stone‘Cricket in England is held back by its own mythology’ – interview with author Duncan Stone

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In the latest episode we talk to historian and author Duncan Stone about his recent book ‘Different Class: The Untold Story of English Cricket’. The conversation delves into the nebulous ‘Spirit of the Game’ and how it is emblematic of the fetishization of English cricket – which has turned a


Talking fandom: love, loyalty, and a sense of belonging

Talking fandom: love, loyalty, and a sense of belongingTalking fandom: love, loyalty, and a sense of belonging

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In the latest episode we discuss ideas of loyalty and fandom – with respect to both teams and individual athletes – and dissect various strands of ‘belonging’ to an imagined community. Buy Cricket Beyond the Bazaar (recently republished by 81allout) India (hardback) | India (paperback, e-copy) Australia (hardback, paperback, e-copy)


Clutch, pressure, choke: the language of cricketing discourse

Clutch, pressure, choke: the language of cricketing discourseClutch, pressure, choke: the language of cricketing discourse

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In the latest episode we discuss popular terms used to describe a cricketing contest – and why these are often lazy alternatives with no standard definition. Buy Cricket Beyond the Bazaar (recently republished by 81allout) India (hardback) | India (paperback, e-copy) Australia (hardback, paperback, e-copy) USA (hardback, paperback, e-copy) UK


Hitting v Batting: the choice that dictates the shape of a T20 contest

Hitting v Batting: the choice that dictates the shape of a T20 contestHitting v Batting: the choice that dictates the shape of a T20 contest

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In the latest episode of the podcast we discuss a fundamental question that underpins a T20 contest: does batting have a place in T20? Are elite batters like Virat Kohli, Babar Azam and Steve Smith good fits in the T20 format – and what metrics tell us how good a


‘In some ways, a TV director plays God’ – Hemant Buch‘In some ways, a TV director plays God’ – Hemant Buch

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In the latest episode of the podcast we chat with Hemant Buch, who is a broadcast consultant with over 25 years’ experience as an executive producer, director, and producer. Hemant guides us through the responsibilities of a live TV broadcast director. He also talks about his recent assignment in Sri


‘It struck me that you can score 574, declare twice, and still lose a Test’ – Allan Border‘It struck me that you can score 574, declare twice, and still lose a Test’ – Allan Border

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We talk to legendary Australian captain and batsman Allan Border about his experience of touring the subcontinent in the 1980s –  taking in the tied Test in 1986, the World Cup win in 1987, and the controversial tour of Pakistan in 1988. Joining Border is veteran journalist Mike Coward, whose