Sport, history, race: the complexity of cricket in South Africa

Sport, history, race: the complexity of cricket in South AfricaSport, history, race: the complexity of cricket in South Africa

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In this episode, we chat with two journalists from South Africa – Firdose Moonda and Telford Vice. We explore South Africa’s win against India as well as the political issues that have loomed over the recent series. Note: Readers in India can now buy Mike Marqusee’s classic cricket book War


A special win to round off a special year: Centurion Test review

A special win to round off a special year: Centurion Test reviewA special win to round off a special year: Centurion Test review

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We review the first Test between South Africa and India – which India won by 113 runs. This was only South Africa’s third defeat in Centurion across 27 Tests. Note: Readers in India can now buy Mike Marqusee’s classic cricket book War Minus The Shooting at the Atta Galatta bookstore


K-drama lead up to mouthwatering contest: South Africa v India, series preview

K-drama lead up to mouthwatering contest: South Africa v India, series previewK-drama lead up to mouthwatering contest: South Africa v India, series preview

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We preview the three-Test series between South Africa and India – a golden chance for the Indian team to win their first Test series there. Note: Readers in India can now buy Mike Marqusee’s classic cricket book War Minus The Shooting at the Atta Galatta bookstore in Bangalore. They are


A freakish ten-for and a good old Indian dominance: India v NZ series review

A freakish ten-for and good old Indian dominance: India v NZ reviewA freakish ten-for and good old Indian dominance: India v NZ review

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We review the recent two-Test series between India and New Zealand – which India won 1-0. Talking Points: Is India v New Zealand a major rivalry? Or a filler between marquee series? New Zealand’s decision to pick Will Sommerville for both Tests India’s immense depth – winning comfortably despite so


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