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Insight and analysis from the Test Match Special team - including interviews with top players and special features.

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Insight and analysis from the Test Match Special team - including interviews with top players and special features.

iTunes Ratings

85 Ratings
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2

Nothing better

By DrDogBreath - Jul 30 2011
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Nothing better than TMS to round the day off. Glad it's back on iTunes.

Great Poscast! Love it.

By kappuser - Jul 29 2011
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Top class, always a pleasure to listen to Aggers and Boycott.

iTunes Ratings

85 Ratings
Average Ratings
63
14
4
2
2

Nothing better

By DrDogBreath - Jul 30 2011
Read more
Nothing better than TMS to round the day off. Glad it's back on iTunes.

Great Poscast! Love it.

By kappuser - Jul 29 2011
Read more
Top class, always a pleasure to listen to Aggers and Boycott.
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Test Match Special

Latest release on Jan 19, 2020

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Insight and analysis from the Test Match Special team - including interviews with top players and special features.

Rank #1: Tuffers and Vaughan: England are World Champions

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Did that really happen?

Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan are back together after the most incredible cricket match that saw England crowned as World Champions.

We go through the last 20 balls of the match, ball-by-ball, to relive the most incredible drama Lord's has ever seen.

And Tuffers suggests that Jofra Archer 'roll his trousers up'. Us neither.

Jul 15 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #2: Bob Willis 1949-2019

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Eleanor Oldroyd pays tribute to former England captain Bob Willis, who has died at the age of 70. His teammates Mike Brearley, Vic Marks and David Gower share their memories of him, including Willis' memorable performance during 1981 Ashes series at Headingley.

Dec 04 2019

39mins

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Rank #3: CWC Day 42: England prepare for Aussies, as New Zealand stun India

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Jonathan Agnew speaks to England captain Eoin Morgan ahead of their World Cup semi-final against Australia at Edgbaston - we're also joined by former Australia captain Steve Waugh, who possibly isn't the type of man to walk around a ground barefoot. But the current captain has gone to see The Queen's Corgi at the cinema in preparation for the match.

Meanwhile, New Zealand stun India to reach the World Cup final - we hear from Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, and a very happy Jeremy Coney.

Jul 10 2019

50mins

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Rank #4: Saying goodbye to Dad

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Patrick Taylor joined Jonathan Agnew to reflect on the amazing reaction to his e-mail to TMS about the death of his father.

Aug 21 2018

10mins

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Rank #5: Edgbaston Day 5: Epic Aussie victory and a McGrath 5-0 prediction

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Michael Vaughan, Glenn McGrath and Geoffrey Boycott have their say on a Nathan Lyon-inspired Australia taking a 1-0 lead in the Ashes. We discuss whether some of England's players are experiencing an emotional hangover from their World Cup victory, ask what changes should be made for Lord's, and ponder if Australia are simply the better side if there's not going to be any lateral movement in this series. We also hear from Joe Root and man of the match Steve Smith.

Aug 05 2019

30mins

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Rank #6: Simon Hughes talks to James Anderson

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Test Match Special brings you an in-depth interview with England's leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson, as he opens up to Simon Hughes about his career.

Aug 20 2018

31mins

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Rank #7: Lord's Day 1: Archer gets his cap & Mitchell Johnson's Ashes memories

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Mitchell Johnson joins the pod to chat about his first experience of playing international cricket at Lord's when he went at more than 6 an over. He talks about dealing with a lack of confidence, hitting his peak after turning 30, and the highs and lows of one of the most exciting careers in the history of Ashes cricket.

Aug 14 2019

28mins

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Rank #8: CWC Day 44: Team of the tournament

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Jimmy Anderson, Isa Guha, Andy Zaltzman and Prakash Wakankar go through their team of the World Cup so far.

Plus Eleanor Oldroyd and Simon Mann reveal the results of a BBC Sport online poll to find out who has been selected by the public.

Jul 12 2019

38mins

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Rank #9: CWC Day 38: Rohit shines at Headingley and Australia lose their final group game

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Rohit Sharma became the first man to score five centuries in a single World Cup as India chased down 265 with 6.3 overs to spare at Headingley. We hear from Charles Dagnell, Prakash Wakankar and Jeremy Coney on their assessment of the match. Meanwhile Australia fell 10 runs short in the competition's final group game at Old Trafford. We hear from former England cricketer Graeme Swan for his thoughts ahead of England’s semi-final against Australia, and England women all-rounder Natalie Sciver ahead of their third and final ODI.

Jul 07 2019

46mins

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Rank #10: Aggers speaks to Heather Knight

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Test Match Special brings you an in-depth interview with Heather Knight during lunch on day four of the third Test between England and India. The England women’s captain opens up to correspondent Jonathan Agnew about her career, her view on the women’s game, and hopes for the future. She also answers questions from TMS listeners.

Aug 21 2018

31mins

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Rank #11: CWC Day 34: India through, Bangladesh out and England’s date with destiny

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Eoin Morgan joins the pod ahead of England’s date with destiny against New Zealand. The England captain discusses the success of the team meeting he held prior to the India win, why the loss to NZ in the 2015 World Cup remains one of the lowest moments of his career, and if he's going to bat first if he wins the toss going forward.

There’s also reaction from Edgbaston as India book their semi-final spot and eliminate Bangladesh in the process. Criticism of MS Dhoni won’t go away but Prakash Wakankar tells us he’s India’s most selfless cricketer.

Jul 02 2019

41mins

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Rank #12: Tuffers and Vaughan: “Fielding cost England against Pakistan”

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Injured England batsman Sam Billings sits in for Phil Tufnell as Pakistan shock the hosts to win by 14 runs at Trent Bridge.

We discuss where England went wrong, how Wahab Riaz proved his own coach wrong, and why this has been a bowler's World Cup so far.

Plus there’s an appearance from a hovercover. Or is it Michael’s hairdryer?

Jun 03 2019

53mins

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Rank #13: Headingley Day 2: The Day England lost the Ashes?

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Michael Vaughan says the Ashes are heading back to Australia as a dismal English total of 67 looks to have gift wrapped victory for the tourists at Headingley.
Alastair Cook and Geoffrey Boycott have their say on why England's batting has been so bad for so long and what needs to change. You'll also hear from batting coach Graham Thorpe and Australian quick Josh Hazlewood who took 5-30.

Aug 23 2019

33mins

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Rank #14: Tuffers and Vaughan: The fast bowling special

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Sir Curtly Ambrose and Robin Smith explain the arts of both bowling fast, and facing pace. Curtly tells us that it’s all about building up a reputation, whilst Robin says that it helps to imagine a line half way down the pitch.

Plus Ebony Rainford Brent joins us in place of Tuffers to speak about where England went wrong against Sri Lanka, and what they need to do against Australia.

And we hear a from a very prescient Virat Kohli, with his pre-tournament prediction.

Jun 24 2019

55mins

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Rank #15: CWC Day 27: England hopes hang in the balance as Australia march on

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Michael Vaughan says England turned up at Lord's this morning with the look of a side who thought they could lose the game. Is the pressure of tournament cricket and the favourites tag really beginning to tell on Eoin Morgan's side? He says not, but that confidence needs to be re-built. India await at Edgbaston on Sunday by which time England could find themselves on the outside looking in for a semi-final qualification spot.

You'll also get the post-match thoughts of Alec Stewart and Jim Maxwell, with interviews from Ben Stokes and Aaron Finch.

Jun 25 2019

34mins

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Rank #16: CWC 3 days to go: Michael Vaughan meets Eoin Morgan

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Eoin Morgan opens up to Michael Vaughan about how he and England turned their ODI form round, from the ‘humiliation’ of England’s defeat to Bangladesh in 2015, to becoming favourites at a home World Cup.

Morgan tells how he was jealous of the style of cricket that New Zealand were playing four years ago, and how he wrote in his diary during the last World Cup about the need for change in English cricket.

Don’t forget, there’s a new episode available every day throughout the tournament, so make sure you subscribe via BBC Sounds or your usual podcast app.

May 27 2019

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Rank #17: CWC Day 18: India show their class to leave Pakistan on the brink

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A Pakistani supporter may have arrived at the ground on an beautiful horse but there was nothing elegant about the performance of the men in green at Old Trafford. Former star all-rounder turned Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted before the match that Sarfaraz must be bold and bat first....he put India in and Rohit, Rahul and Kohli all made him pay. Graeme Swann and Prakash Wakankar give their assessment of the match whilst Aatif Nawaz has another chastening loss to his big rivals to stew on. You'll also hear from the two captains and KL Rahul.

Jun 16 2019

33mins

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Rank #18: Headingley preview: Can Australia cope without Steve ‘Gandalf’ Smith?

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Jonathan Agnew and ABC’s Geoff Lemon look ahead to the third Ashes Test at Headingley where England have an opportunity to level the series – which Australia lead 1-0.

You’ll hear from England captain Joe Root on why he thinks Jofra Archer made such in impact in the second Test at Lord’s with his “unique bowling style.”

Australia captain Tim Paine also comes on to the TMS podcast to talk about how they are preparing ahead of the third Test after Steve Smith was ruled out with concussion.

You’ll find out why Geoff Lemon thinks Steve Smith is like a particular Lords of the Rings character and we get an update on England bowler James Anderson – will he recover from his calf injury in time to make the fourth Test at Old Trafford?

Aug 21 2019

26mins

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Port Elizabeth Day 4: Root pushes England closer to victory

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Jonathan Agnew and Vic Marks review the day's play as England get closer to victory.

We hear from Mark Wood, plus with such a young England team, we’ll also hear a discussion with former coach Peter Moores and Matthew Hoggard on how you deal with a team in transition.

Jan 19 2020

31mins

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Port Elizabeth Day 3: England still in charge on rain-affected day

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Jonathan Agnew reviews a rain-affected day that started with Dom Bess completing his first ever Test five-for.

We’ll hear more on Dom Bess - including from a former Somerset spinner, Vic Marks – and also from Bess’ agent, Luke Sutton, who also talks about his own struggles with addiction and alcoholism during and after his cricket career.

Jan 18 2020

39mins

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Port Elizabeth Day 2: Centurion Pope punishes South Africa

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Jonathan Agnew and Vic Marks look back on the second day in Port Elizabeth Test, as Ollie Pope's maiden Test century helped England take control. We hear from the Surrey man on his delight at reaching the landmark. The Cricket Social team, including former internationals Jonathan Trott, Graham Onions and Vikram Solanki discuss Kagiso Rabada's punishment for his celebration towards Joe Root on the first day, and assess Jos Buttler's Test future.

Jan 17 2020

33mins

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Port Elizabeth Day 1: A rollercoaster of a first day for England, in a quiet sort of way

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Jonathan Agnew & Vic Marks review the opening day of the third test against South Africa.

The guys discuss how on the whole it was a positive day for England & if Joe Root's side can get 350 from here, they'll be in a strong position.

We hear from batsman Zak Crawley, plus a special interview with all-rounder Moeen Ali, as he discusses his reasons as to why he's taken time out of the Test format.

Jan 16 2020

35mins

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Tuffers and Vaughan: Third Test Preview

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Mark Chapman brings you the first Tuffers and Vaughan of 2020. With Michael away, Graham Onions stands in to help Phil preview England’s third test. Plus, England opener Dom Sibley talks about life as a Test opener and we look at how Jimmy Anderson keeps himself going at the age of 37.

Jan 13 2020

52mins

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Newlands Day 5: Stokes seals England dramatic win

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Jonathan Agnew and Vic Marks review the day's play as England level this four-match series at one-all.

We’ll hear from Ben Stokes, as well as a very relieved England captain Joe Root and Chris Silverwood, who has his first Test win as coach.

And we’ll also hear about the passionate debate that’s been going on in South Africa about the selection of their side and racial quotas.

Jan 07 2020

36mins

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Newlands Day 4: South Africa frustrate England

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Jonathan Agnew & Vic Marks review today's play as England have been frustrated by some stubborn South African batting.

We hear from Dom Sibley who scored his first Test century and as county cricketers return to training Michael Carberry and Matthew Hoggard discuss what the return to cricket is like after the Christmas break.

Jan 06 2020

33mins

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Newlands Day 3: Sibley puts England in the driving seat

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Jonathan Agnew & Vic Marks review a very encouraging day for England.

We’ll hear from Jimmy Anderson who took his 28th 5 wicket haul today and we’ll talk about Rory Burns, who looks likely to miss the Sri Lanka tour.

Also on the podcast, we debate whether players are showing too much aggression and we hear Steve Finn’s story on how he saw a ghost in a team hotel.

Jan 05 2020

29mins

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Newlands Day 2: England fight back with some impressive bowling

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Jonathan Agnew & former England spinner Vic Marks review Day Two of the second test against South Africa.

They discuss some impressive England bowling and we also hear from Sam Curran who picked up two vital wickets.

But at one stage it looked wickets off no-ball were really going to hurt England, so the Cricket Social debated how to eliminate no-balls from the game.

Jan 04 2020

31mins

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Newlands Day 1: A disappointing batting performance from England

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Jonathan Agnew & Vic Marks review the opening day of the second test against South Africa.

Yet again, England have missed the opportunity of building a formidable total on the best day for batting in a Test as they will again rely on their bowlers to stay in the match.

We hear from batsman Ollie Pope and Dr Maurice Duffy. He’s an Irish mind coach and gave us a great insight on how he works with Australian batsman Steve Smith.

Jan 03 2020

33mins

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Bob Willis 1949-2019

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Eleanor Oldroyd pays tribute to former England captain Bob Willis, who has died at the age of 70. His teammates Mike Brearley, Vic Marks and David Gower share their memories of him, including Willis' memorable performance during 1981 Ashes series at Headingley.

Dec 04 2019

39mins

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The Oval day 4: What a summer

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We hear from Joe Root, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Steve Smith after England's 135-run win at The Oval meant a drawn Ashes series for the first time in 47 years. Michael Vaughan has his say on why this result will be significant for Root's leadership of the side going forward, Alec Stewart says Ashley Giles has big decisions to make in the post Trevor Bayliss, and Glenn McGrath gets the final word on the pod as the urn heads back to Australia.

Sep 15 2019

38mins

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The Oval day 3: Denly guides England towards victory

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Michael Vaughan, Glenn McGrath and Alec Stewart have their say on England batting themselves into a strong position to win the match and tie the series. We hear from Joe Denly on his amazing week; the birth of his daughter now followed by a new highest Test score of 96 which Michael Vaughan says will be enough to ensure he's on the winter tours to New Zealand and South Africa.

Plus, Aggers chats to Kevin Roberts on leading Cricket Australia out of the ball tampering scandal, English crowds booing David Warner, and his upcoming visit to Pakistan with a view to touring the country in 2022.

Sep 14 2019

38mins

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Old Trafford Day 4: England left needing another miracle

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Michael Vaughan says England will need a 'Michael Atherton in Johannesburg type innings' (185 not out off 492 balls having occupied the crease for over 10 hours) to secure a draw and keep their Ashes hopes alive heading into the final Test at The Oval.

Coach Trevor Bayliss says his side can pull off another incredible escape, and we hear from Australia's team mentor Steve Waugh on Steve Smith’s monumental performances.

Away from the cricket, we catch up with James Pattinson about his love of English football and in particular Grimsby Town!

Sep 07 2019

24mins

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View from the Boundary: Jeremy Bowen

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Long-time BBC Middle East editor and fanatical cricket listener Jeremy Bowen joins Aggers to chat covering upwards of twenty wars across the globe, expecting to die in conflicts, and how following cricket enabled him to escape the gravity of his work.

Also up for discussion; how to interview figures like Colonel Gaddafi, and nine months on from his bowel cancer diagnosis, the importance of screening and early diagnosis of the disease.

Sep 07 2019

36mins

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Old Trafford Preview: Can England capitalise on Stokes’ heroics?

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Jonathan Agnew and ABC’s Geoff Lemon look ahead to the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford where England will look to capitalise on Ben Stokes' heroics at Headingley with the five-match series tied at 1-1.

You’ll hear from England captain Joe Root on why Craig Overton has replaced Chris Woakes.

Australia captain Tim Paine also comes on to the TMS podcast to talk about how Steve Waugh is helping them to prepare for the fourth test and the return Steve Smith which also means the return of his battle with England pace bowler Jofra Archer.

We also get an update from England bowler James Anderson now he's out for the rest of the Test series with his calf injury, as well as hearing from his opening partner Stuart Broad on his longevity in Test cricket.

Sep 03 2019

28mins

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Headingley Day 2: The Day England lost the Ashes?

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Michael Vaughan says the Ashes are heading back to Australia as a dismal English total of 67 looks to have gift wrapped victory for the tourists at Headingley.
Alastair Cook and Geoffrey Boycott have their say on why England's batting has been so bad for so long and what needs to change. You'll also hear from batting coach Graham Thorpe and Australian quick Josh Hazlewood who took 5-30.

Aug 23 2019

33mins

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Headingley Day 1: Archer stars again as Australia lose 8 wickets in a session

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Michael Vaughan and Sir Alastair Cook react to a day of a huge momentum swings at Headingley. Rain, bad light, David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne frustrated England until a wild last session with Jofra Archer tearing through Australia's lower order. You'll hear from Archer himself and David Warner after his best innings of the series by far. Plus, Michael Vaughan has some strong opinions on the lack of English coaches in next summer's inaugural Hundred competition.

Aug 22 2019

36mins

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Headingley preview: Can Australia cope without Steve ‘Gandalf’ Smith?

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Jonathan Agnew and ABC’s Geoff Lemon look ahead to the third Ashes Test at Headingley where England have an opportunity to level the series – which Australia lead 1-0.

You’ll hear from England captain Joe Root on why he thinks Jofra Archer made such in impact in the second Test at Lord’s with his “unique bowling style.”

Australia captain Tim Paine also comes on to the TMS podcast to talk about how they are preparing ahead of the third Test after Steve Smith was ruled out with concussion.

You’ll find out why Geoff Lemon thinks Steve Smith is like a particular Lords of the Rings character and we get an update on England bowler James Anderson – will he recover from his calf injury in time to make the fourth Test at Old Trafford?

Aug 21 2019

26mins

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Tuffers and Vaughan: Jofra has shifted the momentum

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Phil and Michael talk about the momentum shift in the Ashes series after Jofra Archer’s hostile bowling at Lord’s, which will ‘send shivers down the rest of the Australian batting unit’. Michael has a warning for Joe Root over how much he uses Archer, and says that facing him in the nets should be banned for English batsmen.

Plus we speak to brain injury association Headway, who have some strong words for Cricket Australia over their decision to allow Steve Smith to bat again after being struck by Archer.

Aug 19 2019

48mins

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iTunes Ratings

85 Ratings
Average Ratings
63
14
4
2
2

Nothing better

By DrDogBreath - Jul 30 2011
Read more
Nothing better than TMS to round the day off. Glad it's back on iTunes.

Great Poscast! Love it.

By kappuser - Jul 29 2011
Read more
Top class, always a pleasure to listen to Aggers and Boycott.