Phil and Michael have their say on where things went wrong for England in the opening Test of the series. The futures of Joe Denly and Jos Buttler are discussed as the batting failed to fire again. We look at the non-selection of Stuart Broad, his anger and frustration at missing out, and how the England management can simultaneously focus on the present and work towards trying to win in Australia next winter.
Carlos Brathwaite joins the pod to tell the story of West Indies' improvement under Jason Holder and whether the side continue to be underestimated. Plus, we hear exactly what's said out in the middle in the heat of battle with some brilliant audio from the stump mics.
Jonathan Agnew, Simon Mann, Carlos Brathwaite and Michael Vaughan react to the West Indies’ first Test win over England in Southampton.
The team assess the difference between the sides and look at what England need to do to improve for the second Test at Old Trafford. We also hear reflections from captains Ben Stokes and Jason Holder on their sides' respective performances.
Jonathan Agnew looks back on an intriguing fourth day between England and the West Indies in Southampton. A late flurry of wickets restricted England to a 170 run lead with two second innings wickets remaining. Hear from England batsman Zak Crawley, who says he was frustrated not to make a century, despite reaching a career best Test score of 76. We get an update on the return of the recreational game and hear from a pair of TMS listeners who are celebrating their "un-Wedding Day".
Jonathan Agnew is joined by former England captain Michael Vaughan and West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite to review the third day's play in the opening Test. With England 99 runs behind at stumps, we hear from bowler James Anderson and West Indies wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, who scored a half-century for the visitors. And ahead of the impending return of recreational and County cricket, Yorkshire CCC chief executive Mark Arthur joins the podcast, along with Matt Mugan from East Molesey Cricket Club, and Phil Johnson from Elstow Cricket Club.
Jonathan Agnew presents reaction to Day 2 of the opening Test between England and the West Indies. Six wickets from captain Jason Holder saw the visitors move into a strong position, trailing by 147 runs with nine first innings wickets remaining. Hear reaction from Holder, and England fast bowler Mark Wood. And the ECB's chief executive Tom Harrison explains the impact Covid-19 has had on cricket in this country, and how his organisation plans to improve diversity in the game.
Jonathan Agnew reflects on a frustrating opening day of the first Test between England and the West Indies. Rain and bad light meant only 17.4 overs could be bowled, with England making 35-1 in the little play that was possible. We hear reaction from West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel and England assistant coach Graham Thorpe. And the ECB's director of events Steve Elworthy explains how the bio-bubble was created to allow cricket to return. And after players and umpires took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, TMS summariser Carlos Brathwaite explains how powerful a gesture it was.
As England prepare to begin their cricketing summer, head coach Chris Silverwood joins Eleanor Oldroyd, Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan to preview the first Test against the West Indies. Chris tells the podcast about life in the bio-bubble, preparing for his first home series, and how Ben Stokes has taken to being stand-in captain. And the panel also discuss the return of recreational cricket, which was announced last week.
Jonathan Agnew is joined by Isa Guha and Phil Tufnell to reveal the results of an ECB and BBC Sport poll to find the ultimate England men’s cricketer of the 21st century.
The public have voted on eight batting and eight bowling disciplines to put together the best attributes of everyone to have pulled on the Three Lions since the turn of the century.
Eleanor Oldroyd joins Tuffers and Vaughan to look into the art of opening the batting.
How do you become an opener? What mentality do you need? How difficult can it be?
All-time great Alastair Cook and current England opener Rory Burns join us to answer these questions.