July 6th, 2014
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Jason Roy's casual violence, the slippery spirit of cricket, the unbalanced Olympic debate and the ICC mistreats Tonga.
"This seems pretty harsh on a tiny and impoverished Pacific Island."
FROM THE ARCHIVES: The tournament no-one asked for - The Afro-Asian Cup
"There would be a lot of competition for the title of worst organised cricket tournament in history."
THE REVIEW: The Great Tamasha - James Astill
"He was rejected from a youth team for having too many teeth."
THE DEBATE: Will Alistair Cook survive the ongoing furore over his captaincy?
"He made the mistake of trying to play the media at their own game."
Recorded on 6/7/2014
May 28th, 2014
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The rise of the Overton twins, Trescothick's renaissance, dodgy dealings in the BBL and ongoing rumblings over suspect actions.
"There's a huge satisfaction in seeing the brilliance of a player who you never expected to be able to produce his best again."
FROM THE ARCHIVES: The Author's XI
"All of these amazing literary characters, all of their amazing imaginations and there they were playing this most stimulating of games."
THE REVIEW: Field of Shadows - Dan Waddell
"It's not very good for morale if you're punching your fielders when they drop catches."
THE DEBATE: "Any cricket fan who gets angry with their team is taking it all too seriously."
"We'd rather have people online writing nasty comments than throwing rocks at batsman's houses."
Recorded on 28/5/2014
April 21st, 2014
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The Easter resurrection of Peter Moores, the talented Mr Mills, missing county cricket from Australia and a rainy false start for the village season.
"Cricket is a wonderful sport for teaching us about dealing with failure and dashed expectations."
FROM THE ARCHIVES: A bowling machine called Merlyn
"It's artificial, like making love to a statue."
THE REVIEW: No Holding Back - Michael Holding
"He owned the best petrol station in the entirety of Jamaica."
THE INTERVIEW: Phil Harrison
"Everyone who follows sport, wishes on some level that they'd made it."
THE DEBATE: "It's wrong that England are trying to take Paul Farbrace from Sri Lanka."
"There's a sense of England throwing their financial muscle around that makes me uncomfortable."
Recorded on 21/4/2014
March 23rd, 2014
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Everyone loves Nepal, a brilliant photo of "Cabbage" in Antigua, two tests does not a series make and Giles Clarke tries to censor Sky.
"It's an ongoing shambles."
FROM THE ARCHIVES: Virginia Woolf and Cricket
"There's a large gap between her bat and pad although ultimately there's no pad; just an ankle-length black dress."
THE REVIEW: Batting on the Bosphorus - Angus Bell
"Vladimir in Slovakia knocks on the door of 1300 villagers to recruit them for his team."
THE DEBATE: "Do England need more of Stokes' locker-punching spirit?"
"Surely a management that can come up with a manual on what the players should eat, should have the foresight to add some padding to the lockers in the changing room?"
Recorded on 23/3/2014
February 23rd, 2014
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FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: NZ are more than plucky outsiders, a big win for Ireland, the new gloom of a 2014 England fan and the story of one Englishman showing the Aussies how it's done.
"I tried to play a flashing cover drive and completely missed it"
FROM THE ARCHIVES: Gatting drops a dolly
The story of what might just be the worst drop in test cricket history.
"I don't think you can reasonably blame it on a dodgy prawn curry"
THE REVIEW: We'll Get 'Em in Sequins: Manliness, Yorkshire Cricket and the Century that changed everything - Max Davidson
"The latest Colin Firth movie followed by Pizza Express. Quick vigorous sex with a nice girl called Emma."
THE DEBATE: Has Darren Lehmann set the new benchmark for cricket coaching?
"There are no fielders in the car park."
Recorded on 23/2/2014
November 19th, 2013
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Ashes preview: looking forward to the non-heroes being heroes; and will this be Kevin Pietersen's final Ashes series?
"Welcome to the podcast still reeling from the events in Mumbai: Shiv Chanderpaul's 150th test match"
FROM THE ARCHIVES (6'25 onwards): Gatting and Rana — the 1987 incident
"As an umpire, he wanted to be a record-breaker"
THE REVIEW (14'50 onwards): David Tossell "Following On"
With apologies to the author if we repeatedly mis-pronounced his name. It's a very good book.
THE DEBATE (22'10 onwards): Are media mind games a waste of time?
"If you use ex-players for propaganda, it's going to backfire at some point"
October 28th, 2013
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FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Converting to Pakistan; the dangers of anarchy in the South African dressing room; the BCCI's press restrictions; and how we could improve highlights packages.
"Who knows - maybe the BCCI would would restrict our own pinpoint opinions if we were to broadcast out of India"
FROM THE ARCHIVES (7'45 onwards): Stumbling on cricket in Oman
"It's not that I have a problem reading about obscure games - but if you do, you have to make the match reports compelling."
THE INTERVIEW (21'50 onwards): Ian Reid, founder of The Baggy Green
THE DEBATE (37'45 onwards): Did Sachin plan his retirement well?
"I wonder if we, as English cricket fans, just don't quite get it?"
September 22nd, 2013
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FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Harare's moment in the limelight; looking forward to 50-over domestic cricket; Carberry's missed opportunity; and the futility of post-test ODI series.
"The big question: will anyone actually remember this series?"
FROM THE ARCHIVES (6'55 onwards): A history of a rare dismissal: Handled the ball.
"Haynes stood his ground, insisting he wasn't aware of the law"
"It's a ramble - but in the best possible way"
"There aren't too many people disappointed that their county isn't in the Champions League"
THE DEBATE (28'00 onwards): Comparing cricketers from different eras is fun but ultimately futile
"I'm fairly sure Don Bradman could have seen in colour"
September 22nd, 2013
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Ireland v England, the fixture we're all talking about; the ageless nature of village cricket; Samit Patel's ongoing woes; and the plight of Surrey CCC.
"People around my office stopped to listen"
FROM THE ARCHIVES (6'50 onwards): Richie Berrington, Scotland's T20 centurion
"When all the best batsman are playing T20, it's odd that one of the top 10 innings comes from a Scotsman"
THE BOOK REVIEW (14'15 onwards): David Kynaston "WG's Birthday Party"
"Counties were both the salvation and damnation of professional players"
"It might as well have been Chinese. What the hell is LBW?"
THE DEBATE (34'20 onwards): England should stop poaching Irish players
"In the end, it's all down to individuals versus countries"
September 22nd, 2013
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Steve Crook and the makings of a rock star; when Ashes was a field of underdogs, not heroes; and why Stuart Broad needs to do his talking with the ball.
"He ended up as the in-ground DJ at Northants for their limited over games"
FROM THE ARCHIVES (5'50 onwards): England v Pakistan, UAE, 2012; England v India, 2nd test, Mumbai, 2012
"I've had a hard week at work, I'm tucked up in bed eating cookies for breakfast, the heating isn't working. And what unfolds that morning is stunning."
THE REVIEW (12'05 onwards): Duncan Hamilton "A Last English Summer"; Neville Cardus "Cardus on Cricket"
"You need to be able to give good writers the opportunity to run free"
THE DEBATE (19'35 onwards): The cricketing world will be a significantly different place by Reverse Swept Radio episode 100.