January 8th, 2017
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Declaration Game's Select XI of Cricket Blog Posts, Australia's revival, the Big Bash (but no county cricket) on UK free-to-air TV and the T20 v Tests scheduling issues.
"I've never quite been able to come around to rooting for Australia."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (11'32): The Googly
"While playing a casual game of "Twisti-Twosti", you can innovate to your heart's content."
The Scapegoat of Cricket by Bosanquet
THE REVIEW (22'01): Supreme Bowling: 100 Great Test Performances - Compiled and Edited by Patrick Ferriday and Dave Wilson
"Cricket is always a game of stats but it's actually relatively rare to read cricket writing that attempts true analysis."
Recorded on 8/1/17
December 11th, 2016
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The MCC World Cricket Committee, a day at the SCG, Scotland's captain retires in the face of indifference to the Associates and Toby suffers a cricketing existential crisis.
"You suddenly think to yourself "why do I do this?""
FROM THE ARCHIVES (13'12): The Victor Trumper photo
"I was in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, turned a corner and there it was, possibly the most iconic cricket image of all time."
THE REVIEW (22'29): Resilient - Mitchell Johnson
"You do have to be a little bit resilient while reading this."
Recorded on 10/12/16
October 30th, 2016
TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Andy has now officially played with an England test cricketer (and may keep banging on about it), revelations in Oz including the non-reconciliation between Katich and Clarke, failing to win a duck-shaped trophy and how to ruin a friendly game of club cricket.
"He squared up to one of the meekest members of our team and asked him if he wanted a fight."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (14'52): Mankading
"Mankad did have a defender of considerable repute on his side, a certain Don Bradman."
THE REVIEW (24'18): Howzat! Kerry Packer's War
"All over the world, these board members are dropping their cups of tea."
Recorded on 30/10/16
September 25th, 2016
TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The County Championship finale, leaving a ball that hits the top of middle stump and early season excitement in Oz.
"This season I did whatever the opposite of "kicking on" is."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (13'21): Single Wicket Cricket
"Where would we be without Lumpy?"
"We failed a lot in the past and haven't ever properly responded; maybe this time we failed so badly that we finally have."
Recorded on 25/9/16
July 31st, 2016
TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The arrival of the Women's Cricket Super League, Nevill and O'Keefe's heroic last stand, the difficulty of finding county cricket to watch and do we have to "feed the snake"?
"It felt like the match had become a backdrop to a massive stag do."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (11'25): Fred Goodall v the West Indies
"When asked whether he'd ever meet Croft again, Goodall replied "Not on your nelly.""
THE REVIEW (21'58): Philip Hughes: The Official Biography - Peter Lalor and Malcolm Knox
"At the age of 9, he was scoring big hundreds with a maturity which observers hadn't seen before."
Recorded on 31/6/16
June 26th, 2016
TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: ODIs refuse to die, Afghanistan's new coach, underwhelming batting legends at soggy Lords and cricket & Brexit.
"Do not go to cricket expecting your heroes to make runs for you on demand."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (12'26): The birth of cricket on film
"There was a sense that old footage without sound could just be destroyed."
THE REVIEW (22'49): First Tests: Great Australian cricketers and the backyards that made them - Steve Cannane
"It wouldn't be the done thing to slog a dirty tennis ball into someone's Caesar salad."
Recorded on 26/6/16
May 15th, 2016
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: "Writing Cricket" at the London Library's Words in the Square festival, the imminent start of the summer test series', the ECB annual report and remembering Tony Cozier.
"He gets up and dedicates his Oscar to Dennis Compton."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (16'41): Lady Adeline Milner on Cricket
"She does talk about stopping the ball with petticoats - this is ungraceful and bad form. "
THE INTERVIEW (25'17): Owen Benton
"Looking at things from a statistical viewpoint encourages you to take a slightly longer view."
THE REVIEW (39'28): Cricket: The Game of Life - Scyld Berry
"Struggling at a difficult northern boarding school, he takes refuge in the match reports of great Yorkshire teams past."
Recorded on 15/5/2016
April 24th, 2016
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Ben Duckett's breakthrough, James Taylor's dignity and courage in the face of his premature retirement, Grant Flower's frank assessment of Pakistan's lack of professionalism and a bong in the shape of Shane Warne's head.
"I don't personally know what a speed dealer looks like."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (12'13): The joy of cricket board games
(including Owzthat, Calculator Cricket, Book Cricket, Armchair Cricket and the Test Match Game)
"These games are only as good as the imaginations of those playing them."
THE REVIEW (25'45): Fatty Batter - Michael Simkins
"A nudge into the crisp boxes at third man counts as a single."
Recorded on 24/4/2016
March 28th, 2016
TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: T20 cleverness (including Steve Smith's wandering and Virat Kohli's cool), the all stars turning up for county cricket, Boom Boom exits without a bang and pitch vandals ruin the hopes of Kingsville Baptist Church Cricket Club.
"The pitch had been dug up at both ends and this kind of oily substance had been poured all over it."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (14'03): The Benefit Season
"Credit must be go to Hamish Marshall for livening up his benefit season with an invitation to "Spend an evening with two hookers"."
THE REVIEW (22'52): 10 for 10: Hedley Verity and the Story of Cricket's Greatest Bowling Feat - Chris Waters
"Waters has not only written a tribute to Hedley's brilliance but a tribute to the cricket writers of the time."
Recorded on 28/3/2016
March 13th, 2016
TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Remembering Martin Crowe, hope for Monty and a disappointing start to the World T20.
"You're not getting a sense of the game being developed; you're getting a sense of "one in, one out"."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (10'54): The Shane Warne Foundation
"Throughout this whole story, we've seen characteristics of the Shane Warne that we've known from his career."
THE REVIEW (23'23): The Nightwatchman
"Often when cricket writing is at it's best, it's not about cricket at all."
Recorded on 13/3/2016