‘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


Radio commentary lets you dream about the game – ‘Reds’ PerreiraRadio commentary lets you dream about the game – ‘Reds’ Perreira

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In the latest episode of the podcast we chat with one of the most prolific radio broadcasters: Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira. In a career spanning over 50 years, Reds has commentated on 152 Tests and close to 500 other matches – including ODIs, first-class, and List A games. Note: Readers in


A lifetime in cricket writing – Mike Coward interviewA lifetime in cricket writing – Mike Coward interview

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We speak to the veteran journalist and author Mike Coward, who has watched and covered cricket over six decades. Coward rewinds the clock to various points in his illustrious career and talks about the importance of journalists and players trusting each other. He also opens up on his experience of


The subcontinent beyond the cliches: revisiting a landmark cricket book

The subcontinent beyond the cliches: revisiting a landmark cricket bookThe subcontinent beyond the cliches: revisiting a landmark cricket book

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In this episode, we revisit Mike Coward’s book about Australian tours to the subcontinent through the 1980s: Cricket Beyond the Bazaar. Joining us to dissect the book – and its importance for Australian cricket literature – are two contemporary journalists – Russell Jackson and Daniel Brettig. They tell us about


‘A match that you watch from the stadium is a sacred thing’: an interview with the historian Mukul Kesavan

‘A match that you watch from the stadium is a sacred thing’: an interview with the historian Mukul Kesavan‘A match that you watch from the stadium is a sacred thing’: an interview with the historian Mukul Kesavan

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In this episode, we chat with author, essayist, and perceptive cricket columnist Mukul Kesavan. Besotted with cricket for over five decades – and viewing it through the lens of politics, sociology, and history – Mukul talks about his magnetic attraction to the game and its many pleasures. Talking Points: An Anglophone


The art of Bedi: Suresh Menon on the bowler, the man, and the biography

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In this episode, we chat with the veteran cricket writer Suresh Menon on one of India’s greatest cricketers – Bishan Bedi Suresh talks about his early impressions of Bedi and the spin quartet, and explores his relationship with Bedi as a fan, a cricket writer, a biographer and a friend.


Tepid endings and glorious beginnings: Vijay Lokapally remembers India tour of England in 1996

Tepid endings and glorious beginnings: Vijay Lokapally remembers India tour of England in 1996Tepid endings and glorious beginnings: Vijay Lokapally remembers India tour of England in 1996

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In this episode, we chat with the veteran cricket writer Vijay Lokapally on India’s 1996 tour to England. Vijay relives the incandescent innings and spells he witnessed through the tour – both in the Tests as well as the tour games. He also gives us a detailed recap of Navjot


War Minus the Shooting – revisiting the 1996 World Cup through a classic bookWar Minus the Shooting – revisiting the 1996 World Cup through a classic book

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In the latest episode we revisit War Minus the Shooting, Mike Marqusee’s book on his journey through the subcontinent during the 1996 World Cup. Buy War Minus the Shooting in: India (e-copy only) USA (paperback and e-copy) UK (paperback and e-copy) Australia (paperback and e-copy) Canada (paperback and e-copy) Germany