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Test Match Special Podcast

Insight and analysis from the Test Match Special team – including interviews with some of the biggest names in the game, PLUS Alex Hartley and Kate Cross’ ‘No Balls’.

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Bob Willis 1949-2019

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.

39mins

4 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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Tuffers and Vaughan: Third Test Preview

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.

52mins

13 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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Aggers speaks to Heather Knight

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.

31mins

21 Aug 2018

Rank #3

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

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.

42mins

30 May 2019

Rank #4

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CWC Day 2: Windies humiliate Pakistan with bouncer barrage

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.

37mins

31 May 2019

Rank #5

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Tuffers and Vaughan: The fast bowling special

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.

55mins

24 Jun 2019

Rank #6

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

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.

36mins

22 Aug 2019

Rank #7

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

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.

1hr 16mins

26 May 2019

Rank #8

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

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.

40mins

19 Jun 2019

Rank #9

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

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.

38mins

27 Jun 2019

Rank #10

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CWC Day 20: Captain Morgan's Joy of Six

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.

37mins

18 Jun 2019

Rank #11

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

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.

34mins

25 Jun 2019

Rank #12

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

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.

50mins

10 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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CWC Day 46: Cricket’s coming home

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.

45mins

14 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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Tuffers and Vaughan: England are World Champions

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.

1hr 19mins

15 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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The Oval day 4: What a summer

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.

38mins

15 Sep 2019

Rank #16

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Tuffers and Vaughan: “We’re a long way off confirming West Indies tour”

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.

54mins

13 May 2020

Rank #17

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Remembering Edgbaston 2005

A special programme from 2015 as Michael Vaughan shares his memories of the 2005 Edgbaston Ashes Test. Plus, we hear from listeners telling us where they were when England won.

45mins

5 May 2020

Rank #18

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CWC Day 32: Bairstow shines as England revive World Cup hopes

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.

40mins

30 Jun 2019

Rank #19

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Lahore 2009: Cricket’s terror attack 10 years on

Trevor Bayliss and Paul Farbrace explain what it was like to be in the Sri Lanka team bus that was attacked 10 years ago in Lahore, Pakistan. Islamist militants fired rockets and machine guns at the convoy as it reached the stadium. Six police officers and two civilians died in the attack. Many in the Sri Lankan team, including Farbrace, were injured.

27mins

3 Mar 2019

Rank #20