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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

87 Ratings
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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

87 Ratings
Average Ratings
64
14
4
2
3

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 Aug 14, 2020

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

Rank #1: 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 #2: 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

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Rank #3: 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

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Rank #4: CWC Day 1: Stokes' stunner and Archer's pace light up Oval

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Michael Vaughan and Sam Curran join Jonathan Agnew at the Oval for reactions to England's opening World Cup win over South Africa.

Ben Stokes tells us that his stunning catch was 'a fluke', plus we hear from Eoin Morgan, Graeme Smith and Imran Tahir, who's not happy with his side's batsmen.

Sam Curran explains what it's like to get an IPL hattrick without realising, and we begin our quest to find the listener in the most obscure place.

May 30 2019

42mins

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Rank #5: CWC Day 2: Windies humiliate Pakistan with bouncer barrage

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Curtly Ambrose joins the pod as the West Indies get their World Cup campaign off to the perfect start with victory over Pakistan at Trent Bridge. He chats their hostile bowling, being able to hide Chris Gayle in the field, and his experience on TV reality show 'Dancing with the Stars'. Plus, Jos Buttler interviews friend and team-mate Adil Rashid on the secrets of successful leg-spin in white ball cricket.

May 31 2019

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Rank #6: 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 #7: 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

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Rank #8: CWC 4 days to go: 10 moments that shocked the Cricket World Cup

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Eleanor Oldroyd is joined by Jonathan Agnew and Jim Maxwell to look back on the Cricket World Cup’s 10 most shocking moments.

From Kevin O’Brien’s incredible innings to help Ireland beat England, to Big Dwayne Leverock’s brilliant slip catch, Elly, Aggers and Jim take you through those unforgettable moments.

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 26 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #9: CWC Day 21: Clinical Kane and Woakes on bowling at the death

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Jeremy Coney and Natalie Germanos join Simon Mann to look back on Kane Williamson’s superb century that helped New Zealand past South Africa in the tournament’s closest finish so far. We hear from Williamson himself, as well as a very disappointed Faf du Plessis.

Plus, in a podcast exclusive, Chris Woakes explains just what goes through his mind when he bowls the final over of an innings, especially when defending a total. We also hear from former Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu, who has a warning for the future of the game in South Africa.

Jun 19 2019

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Rank #10: CWC Day 29: India thrash West-Indies to close in on semi-final

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West Indies are knocked out of the World Cup after being comprehensively beaten by India at Old Trafford - Prakash Wakankar and Curtley Ambrose join Simon Mann to give their reaction.

And with India still unbeaten and looking in fine fettle, can England get the result they desperately need on Sunday? James Anderson and Kris Srikkanth give their views on the crunch match at Edgbaston. Anderson also reflects on the career of Marcus Trescothick who has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

Jun 27 2019

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Rank #11: CWC Day 20: Captain Morgan's Joy of Six

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England have gone top of the World Cup standings thanks to an astonishing blitz of six hitting from Eoin Morgan, writing himself into the record books in the process.

And whilst it was Afghanistan's bowlers on the receiving end of the barrage, we discuss their remarkable journey from the sport being banned by the Taliban to mixing it with the best on the world stage.

Jun 18 2019

37mins

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Rank #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: Tuffers and Vaughan: “We’re a long way off confirming West Indies tour”

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Mark Chapman, Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan bring you the latest on when we may get some live cricket. West Indies chief executive Johnny Grave joins the discussion. Plus, they look back 10 years to England’s World T20 win and debate the best commentator XI.

May 13 2020

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Rank #15: CWC Day 46: Cricket’s coming home

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Jonathan Agnew presents all the reaction from Lords as England have won their first ever Cricket World Cup by scoring more boundaries than New Zealand in a super over after it ended as a tie.

Michael Vaughan, Jimmy Anderson, Phil Tufnell, Alec Stewart, Jeremy Coney and Simon Mann all reflect on England’s dramatic victory.

Eoin Morgan, Trevor Bayliss, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler all come onto the TMS podcast to celebrate an historic day.

Jul 14 2019

45mins

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Rank #16: #40from40: Nicholas Parsons CBE

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Nicholas Parsons - actor, comedian and long-time host of Radio 4's 'Just a Minute' - joins Jonathan Agnew for a View from the Boundary in 2007.

May 20 2020

54mins

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Rank #17: 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 #18: 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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Rank #19: CWC Day 32: Bairstow shines as England revive World Cup hopes

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Jonathan Agnew, Michael Vaughan, Prakash Wakankar, Vic Marks and Andy Zaltzman discuss England’s crucial 31-run win over India at Edgbaston in the Cricket World Cup.

Meanwhile, Aggers chats to Google chief executive Sundar Pichai and we make further inroads into our quest to find a listener to this podcast from every country in the world.

Jun 30 2019

40mins

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Day 2: Pakistan batsmen and poor weather frustrate England

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Jonathan Agnew presents from the Ageas Bowl on a frustrating day two for England in the 2nd Test against Pakistan. Rain and bad light meant only 40.2 overs were possible as the tourists reached 223-9 with Mohammad Rizwan unbeaten on 60. Michael Vaughan and Azhar Mahmood join Aggers to discuss whether England got their tactics wrong and, looking ahead, if Pakistan's bowling attack could swing the match in their favour. There's reaction from Stuart Broad and we hear from Warwickshire Chief Executive Stuart Cain about plans to have some fans at the T20 Blast Finals Day. There's also a classic View from the Boundary with Waheed Khan, who survived being shot six times in the head during a terrorist attack in Pakistan when he was just 12 years old.

Aug 14 2020

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Day 1: Bowlers give England the upper hand

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Jonathan Agnew presents from the Ageas Bowl where England's bowlers performed well on a rain-affected first day of the second Test against Pakistan. The tourists were 126-5 - James Anderson with two of those wickets to edge him that bit closer to the 600 mark - before rain and then bad light brought an early end to proceedings. Aggers is joined by Mark Ramprakash and Aatif Nawaz to chew over the day's play while there's reaction from Sam Curran. Elsewhere, Aatif, Azhar Mahmood and Simon Mann discuss Shoaib Akhtar's career on his 45th birthday, whether he deserved his bad boy reputation and his recent role as a game show host. There's also an interview with Dr Samara Afzal, one of the frontline NHS staff to be honoured during the West Indies series, with her name appearing on the shirt of Chris Woakes.

Aug 13 2020

39mins

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Tuffers and Vaughan: Jimmy, Jos and facing ‘nightmare’ Abbas

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Steve Crossman is joined by Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan to look back on England’s first International Test win against Pakistan, and analyse the upcoming second Test in Southampton. What has Joe Root learned? How much will England miss Ben Stokes after he was ruled out of the rest of the series? And is the 600 wicket milestone playing on James Anderson’s mind and affecting his cricket? We catch up with former England assistant coach Paul Farbrace, who gives us an insight into Jos Butler’s batting and wicket keeping. Plus, ahead of the return of the women’s domestic game, Alex Hartley reveals how it feels to be back playing, after almost an entire year out.

Aug 12 2020

1hr 18mins

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The World’s Fastest bowler – A Shoaib Akhtar Special

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Isa Guha and Aatif Nawaz spend a lively half hour with the first man to break the 100 miles per hour barrier Shoaib Akhtar. Shoaib enjoyed a colourful 14 year international career with Pakistan and has since become an outspoken media performer. He discusses that famous fastest ball at the 2003 World Cup, shares memories of famous battles with Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar and Andrew Flintoff and he reveals how he thinks he’d be able to dismiss Virat Kohli these days.

Aug 09 2020

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Day 4: England fight back to beat Pakistan

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Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where England produced an incredible comeback to snatch victory from Pakistan. Chasing 277, England looked all but beaten at 117-5, but pushed on by a Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler partnership of 139, they claimed a thrilling win by 3 wickets. Michael Vaughan, Azhar Mahmood, Mark Ramprakash and Simon Mann look at where it was won and lost. Aggers speaks to the respective captains Joe Root and Azhar Ali, as well as England heroes Buttler and Woakes, while TMS statistician Andy Zaltzman gives a historical perspective to England's win.

Aug 08 2020

28mins

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Day 3: England back in it?

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Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where England have fought back to give themselves a glimmer of hope of winning the 1st Test against Pakistan. The home side took four wickets for 27 runs late on, including two for Ben Stokes, to leave the tourists on 137-8 - a lead of 244. Earlier Joe Root's side, who were 92-4 overnight, had managed to reach 219 in their first innings. Aggers is joined by Michael Vaughan, Azhar Mahmood and Vic Marks to review the day, while Henry Moeran interviews England batsman Ollie Pope. We also hear from film-maker and historian Anwar Akhtar about the importance of cricket in the British-Pakistani community and there's an interview with 83-year-old Old Trafford steward Stan Pritchard about his rapport with West Indies captain Jason Holder.

Aug 07 2020

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Day 2: England in trouble

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Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where Pakistan are firmly in control of the 1st Test against England. After the tourists were all out for 326, with Shan Masood scoring a superb 156, their bowlers seized the moment to leave England on 92-4 at the close. Aggers, Michael Vaughan and Azhar Mahmood look back on the day while Henry Moeran interviews Masood and England bowler Jofra Archer, who discusses England's display and how he felt to miss the 2nd Test against West Indies when he broke the bio-secure protocols. There's also an interview with PCB chairman Ehsan Mani on why he thinks England should tour in Pakistan once again and whether we could see a Test match against neighbours India soon.

Aug 06 2020

36mins

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Day 1: A good start for Pakistan

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Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where England endured a frustrating first day in the 1st Test against Pakistan. Rain interruptions and some excellent batting from Babar Azam allowed the tourists to finish the day on 139-2. Azhar Mahmood tells Aggers why he thinks it's been a good day for Pakistan while Michael Vaughan asks whether Azam could have a similar impact on this series as Steve Smith did in the 2019 Ashes. Dan Norcross gets reaction from England head coach Chris Silverwood and Pakistan opener Shan Masood and, with a new biography about the late Bob Willis being released this week, Aggers speaks to his widow Lauren and brother David about Headingley 81, Bob's style of punditry and his love of Bob Dylan.

Aug 05 2020

47mins

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Ireland win thriller in final ODI

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Ireland claim just their second ODI win against England, but the hosts take the series 2-1. All the reaction and analysis after a memorable evening in Southampton.

Aug 04 2020

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Tuffers & Vaughan: Collingwood and Trescothick on coaching, England against Pakistan, and facing Wasim and Waqar

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Phil and Michael are joined by Paul Collingwood and Marcus Trescothick to discuss England’s ODI series victory over Ireland, their experience of coaching the side, and how England can still improve in the 50-over having won the World Cup last year.

We get the inside track on Pakistan with the PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan ahead of the start of the Test series.

PLUS we get Michael and Phil’s memories of facing some of Pakistan’s legendary quicks Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

Aug 03 2020

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England take 2-0 lead against Ireland

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Kevin Howells is joined by Tymal Mills and Michael Carberry to discuss England's four wicket win over Ireland in Southampton. Plus we hear from Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow.

Aug 01 2020

23mins

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#40from40: Sue Townsend

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Sue Townsend, author of the cult classic Adrian Mole series, joins Aggers for a chat in 2012.

Jul 30 2020

36mins

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#40from40: Ken Bruce

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Radio 2 presenter and host of Popmaster Ken Bruce joins Jonathan Agnew for a fascinating chat at Headingley in 2013.

Jul 30 2020

31mins

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Richards and Botham: rivalry and friendship

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England 's 2020 Test series victory against West Indies will be the last time the two countries contest the Wisden Trophy. The next time they meet in a series they will play for the Richards-Botham Trophy, named after two legends of the game: Sir Viv Richards and Sir Ian Botham. In this special TMS podcast, the two men tell Isa Guha about their friendship, their period together as team-mates at Somerset and their rivalry on the pitch when on opposite sides for their respective nations.

Jul 28 2020

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Day 5: England win the series as Broad joins the 500 club

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Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where England have won the third Test and the series against West Indies. It was a momentous day for Stuart Broad as he became only the second Englishman to take 500 Test wickets. Aggers, Michael Vaughan and Carlos Brathwaite review the series while we get reaction from Broad and the respective captains, Joe Root and Jason Holder. Broad's partner-in-crime Jimmy Anderson discusses their close relationship on and off the pitch, plus there are further tributes from former England skipper Alastair Cook and the chairman of the club where Broad played as a youngster.

Jul 28 2020

57mins

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Tuffers and Vaughan: "Pope is England's best young player since Root"

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England batsman Ollie Pope joins Phil Tufnell, Michael Vaughan and Mark Chapman to give the view from the dressing room, as England prepare to try and seal a series win over the West Indies.There's high praise for Pope from Tuffers and Vaughan, who say he's reminiscent of England captain Joe Root. The panel also look at Stuart Broad's excellent form since returning to the side, and assess the squad for the ODI series against Ireland.

Jul 28 2020

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Day 4: No play but there is Ask Carlos

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Daniel Norcross presents from a wet Old Trafford on day four of the 3rd Test between England and West Indies. Play was abandoned due to the weather and will resume on the final day with the tourists on 10-2, chasing an unlikely 399 to win. Joe Root's side will need to take eight wickets to win the Test and series.
Due to the washout Simon Mann took the opportunity to chat with summariser Carlos Brathwaite and asked him to answer some of our listeners' questions. Inevitably much of the discussion surrounded the World T20 Final in 2016 when he hit four successive sixes in the final over to lead West Indies to victory against England. He reveals what was going through his mind as Ben Stokes bowled at him in that finale and what was said between the pair afterwards. Amidst all the cricket talk, we also let Carlos have a go at doing the Shipping Forecast!

Jul 27 2020

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Remembering Graham Gooch's 333

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Dan Norcross presents a bonus TMS podcast to commemorate the 30th anniversary of one of the most famous innings ever played at Lord's: when Graham Gooch scored 333 against India in the 1st Test. You'll hear a replay of a special programme presented by Jonathan Agnew featuring archive commentary and some of the main protagonists from that memorable 1990 match including Gooch himself, Kapil Dev and Mohammad Azharuddin. Then Dan, Phil Tufnell, Andy Zaltzman and Vic Marks get together to recall their memories and talk about Gooch's England career.

Jul 27 2020

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Day 3: Broad on the cusp of 500 wickets as England have victory in sight

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Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where England are on the verge of a series win over West Indies following the third day of the deciding Test. Stuart Broad’s six wickets across two innings have not only brought Joe Root’s side close to victory but also left the bowler just one away from 500 career Test wickets. His four in four overs had the tourists 197 all out, 172 behind. England later declared on 226-2 with Rory Burns hitting 90 and Dom Sibley and Root scoring 56 and 68 respectively to set Jason Holder’s side a target of 399. But thanks to Broad's efforts with the ball, the tourists finished on 10-2 in their second innings at the close. Aggers, Michael Vaughan and Carlos Brathwaite discuss the action while Simon Mann gets the thoughts of Burns and Roston Chase. There’s also an interview with Surrey chief Executive Rchard Gould and a Surrey fan as the Oval held the first sporting event in England with a crowd since lockdown began.

Jul 26 2020

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Day 2: Relentless England bowlers swing it England's way

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Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where England are in a good position to win the 3rd Test - and the series - against the West Indies. Stuart Broad's rapid-fire 62 helped Joe Root's side to a total of 369. He and his old pal Jimmy Anderson then took two wickets apiece as the tourists closed on 137-6. Aggers, Michael Vaughan and Carlos Brathwaite pick over the day's play while Eleanor Oldroyd chats both to Broad and to Kemar Roach, who joined an exclusive group of West Indian bowlers to take 200 Test wickets. Elsewhere, there's an interview with two sisters who have composed Full Tosca - TMS: The Opera during lockdown and we rewind to 1991 to hear a classic View from the Boundary interview with the legendary actor Peter O'Toole, who recalls playing cricket on the set of Lawrence of Arabia with Omar Sharif.

Jul 25 2020

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iTunes Ratings

87 Ratings
Average Ratings
64
14
4
2
3

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.