FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Jason Roy's casual violence, the slippery spirit of cricket, the unbalanced Olympic debate and the ICC mistreats Tonga.
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THE REVIEW (15'00 onwards): Sujit Mukherjee "Autobiography of an unknown cricketer"
THE INTERVIEW (21'50 onwards): Ian Reid, founder of The Baggy Green
THE DEBATE (37'45 onwards): Did Sachin plan his retirement well?
September 22nd, 2013 · Comments
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.
July 24th, 2013 · Comments
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The joys of county T20 games at The Oval, and their disappointments; why we should be glad Richard Dawkins has got involved in the Ashes; and our attempts to watch international cricket continue to be cursed.
"In 2005 cricket was all over the front pages; in 2013 it's again on the front pages, but for very different reasons."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (9'20 onwards): Nick Compton
"For a man who left Middlesex because there weren't enough challenges, it will be interesting to see what comes next"
THE REVIEW (17'57 onwards): 'When Freddie became God: The 2009 Ashes' by Jarrod Kimber
"What makes this book special is its combination of being comic and being spot on"
THE INTERVIEW (24'45 onwards): Josh Green of Surrey Cricket Blog
"It's a real responsibility to actually pay attention to what's on the field"
THE DEBATE (46'40 onwards): "Is the current format of DRS fit for purpose"
In which our friendship and good humour was tested to breaking point.
Recorded on 24/7/2013
June 18th, 2013 · Comments
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The simple joys of fast bowling, with Wahab Riaz and Kemar Roach; have England got their one day formula right; the ECB's plan to start the season abroad; and the heartwrench of falling short of a 50.
"It's an annoying cliche that the low-scoring games are the best - but it's kind of true as well"
FROM THE ARCHIVES (9'55 onwards): The carrom ball
"To even get the ball out of your hand with this grip is hard enough. To land it with any degree of accuracy requires masterly control."
THE REVIEW (20'25 onwards): 'Basil D'Oliveira - Cricket and conspiracy: The untold story' by Peter Oborne
"Ultimately it becomes a great story and a great piece of theatre through the walk-on roles - both heroes and villains"
THE INTERVIEW (28'00 onwards): Chris Smith of Declaration Game
"Cricket's long history means there's a lot of received wisdom. I like to pick up those things and test them."
THE DEBATE (39'36 onwards): "The Champions Trophy will be missed"
"The Champions Trophy has always been the odd sibling in the ICC tournament family"
Recorded on 15/6/2013
May 26th, 2013 · Comments
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The perverse attitude of village cricket; the optimism of the ECB's new strategic plan; India shirking their responsibility to Zimbabwe; and what the investigation into Asad Rauf means to cricket.
"The rain got heavier, gale force winds building up - and yet there was an unnatural determination on both sides"
FROM THE ARCHIVES (8'30 onwards): Bart King - the story of America's finest cricketer
"He sent all his fielders but one off the pitch. The bails of the shattered stumps landed neatly at the feet of that one remaining man."
THE INTERVIEW (18'10 onwards): Vithushan Ehantharajah, freelance writer for Cricinfo and All Out Cricket
"What I hope to see this summer? Ravi Bopara coming into the England test side and never looking back"
THE REVIEW (37'10 onwards): BBC Radio 5 Live's Not Just Cricket, with Graeme Swann and James Anderson
"Graeme Swann's personality ended up leading the whole thing - which frankly can't be a surprise to anyone"
THE DEBATE (46'10 onwards): "Full appreciation of cricket requires knowledge of the game's past"
"Where one does have an awareness and appreciation of history, that should be worn lightly"
Recorded on 26/5/2013
May 8th, 2013 · Comments
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The nobility and intrigue of early season county cricket; playing against the brother of an ex England captain in an Essex club game; and why Zimbabwe and Bangladesh need to pull their socks up.
"In terms of mental maturity, these are two batting line ups with a long way to go"
FROM THE ARCHIVES (8'20 onwards): Nasser Hussain and the 2002 Brisbane toss
"By the end of day one, all optimism has gone."
THE REVIEW (17'10 onwards): The Nightwatchman, Wisden's new quarterly
"Neither magazine nor book, but somewhere in between"
THE INTERVIEW (23'45 onwards): Nishant Joshi, editor of Alternative Cricket Almanac
"There's nowhere else on earth that you can experience that kind of thing... except sometimes in the Big Bash League"
THE DEBATE (44'55 onwards): Can dropping yourself ever be a sign of true leadership?
"If Ricky Ponting came and played for my club side, it wouldn't make us perform any better"
Recorded on 1/5/2013
April 14th, 2013 · Comments
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: How we learned to stop worrying and love the IPL, County Cricket is back (welcome back long lost friend),the ICC Intercontinental Cup is slightly mad and BPL organizers should be less tight.
"I challenge any cricket fan not to be excited by the sight of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting going out to bat together."
FROM THE ARCHIVES: Wisden at 150
"Nowhere else in the world are you going to find the top scorers of the English public schools sitting side by side with the top scorers in the IPL."
THE REVIEW: Pundits from Pakistan - Rahul Bhattacharya
""Laxman poked, missed, bent over and generally responded like a man whom knives were being thrown at" - It's genius."
THE DEBATE: Is it possible to select a player on talent even when performance isn't there?
"We risk descending into a massive argument about semantics."
Recorded on 14/4/2013
March 10th, 2013 · Comments
THE 5 MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Umar Gul takes 5-6 (again!), NZ's improbable heroes, the Bangladesh Cricket Board decides to settle for draws and we worry about whether there will be cricket on the fifth day of the Ashes test at Lords.
("You are basically rewarding mediocrity")
FROM THE ARCHIVES: A Brief History of New Zealand Cricket
("I'm going to quote from Charles Darwin's "The Voyage of the Beagle"")
THE REVIEW: Not Dark Yet - Mike Harfield
("You get half way through an over and then there's a discussion on the Falklands War")
THE DEBATE: Does cricket needs to do more to address the issue of recreational drug use?
("There's always been an unwritten pact that the players do what they want as long as it doesn't affect them on the field")
Recorded on 9/3/2013
February 8th, 2013 · Comments
THE 5 MINUTE FORTNIGHT: South Africa need to stop ruining test cricket, Zimbabwe need to stop shooting themselves in the foot, Ricky Ponting is still making runs and the discovery of the most beautiful ground in the world.
"I've never seen anything which is quite this bold and extraordinary"
FROM THE ARCHIVES: The curious tale of the International 20:20 Championship
"Having 3 bowl-outs in Leicestershire's indoor cricket school must have been a fairly miserable start to this tournament"
THE REVIEW: The Chinaman - Shehan Karunatilaka
"Pradeep Matthews can bowl both left-handed and right-handed"
THE DEBATE: Was England women's cricket team acting within the Spirit of Cricket in their game against West Indies?
"Commentators didn't quite know what to say"
Recorded on 7/2/2013