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Reverse Swept Radio 133 - A Cricket Podcast

January 4th, 2021

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Fawad Alam's masterful ducking, and the chance to spend a whole day listening to the test

"Wagner defied two broken toes to bowl with energy and aggression. And he finally got his man."

INTERVIEW (7'20): Chris Smith, from The Declaration Game

"My process is what sometimes gets criticised in wider society: the echo chamber effect of Twitter."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (25'30): The tragedy and triumph of the 1953 Christmas Eve test

"When a country's at its lowest, we look to sportsmen to be our heroes. But what a burden to carry when there's a personal connection too."

THE REVIEW (36'05): The Champion (radio play about the life of WG Grace, 1993) 

"We hear about Australians not knowing what a roller is. Instead, they go into the village, find the person with the biggest feet, and ask them to tramp down the pitch."

Recorded 2 January 2021

Reverse Swept Radio 132 - A Cricket Podcast

November 30th, 2020

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Tottenham Hotspur take to cricket, and a day out at the WBBL

"I'm intrigued by where midfielder Eric Dier gets his wicket keeping gloves from."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (8'45): The Tendulkar Run-Out Riots

"If you gave me the choice between being stoned or appled, I'd probably take the apple."

THE REVIEW (18'35): The Strange Death of English Leg Spin by Justin Parkinson (published 2015)

"You had international bowlers frequently unable to land it on the pitch. Warner became embarrassed at the number of balls from his star bowler that would bounce multiple times before reaching the batsman."

Recorded 29 November 2020

Reverse Swept Radio 131 - A Cricket Podcast

November 8th, 2020

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: A Zimbabwean great and a Zimbabwean prodigy; and Cricinfo's countdown of the greatest balls of the 21st century

"As America decides its next President, welcome to the podcast which hopes the US doesn't need a super over."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (7'15): The history of the Lord's bell

"We're a podcast for everyone, amateur campanologists included."

THE REVIEW (17'10): On Cricket by Mike Brearley (published 2018)

"He considers himself responsible for two rule changes... Brearley abused the rule that you get five runs if the ball hits a helmet, by placing it all over the field to tempt 'parsimonious Yorkshiremen'."

Recorded on 6 November 2020

Reverse Swept Radio 130 - A Cricket Podcast

October 12th, 2020

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Spotting Jack Russell and his easel, and Jason Gillespie leaves England

"For me, there's always a terror of being inane. Clearly the good people of Kew had no such qualms."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (8'10): The accidental captain - the curious tale of Major Nigel Bennett

"How far did the misunderstanding actually go? Well, it went far enough that he captained Surrey for the entire 1946 season."

THE REVIEW (17'30): Beyond the Boundary (Netflix / ICC)

"I daresay that we're not the target audience."

Recorded on 10 October 2020

Reverse Swept Radio 129 - A Cricket Podcast

September 14th, 2020

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: A return to village cricket, and England and Australia deal with pressure

"I mourned the loss of the red velvet cake."

THE INTERVIEW (08'10): Craig Dodson, author of A View of Australia from Fine Leg

"I played with a lot of people in isolated areas. They talked about cricket being their one opportunity to break that isolation: cricket has such a vital role to play to connect society."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (19'00): Ditchling v Afghanistan

"The Ditchling side was depleted after some wives and girlfriends refused to allow their partners to enter a warzone."

THE REVIEW (27'20): Botham - The Legend of 81

"We all want to believe that a Botham can turn up, and light the world up a little bit."

Recorded on 13 September 2020

Reverse Swept Radio 128 - A Cricket Podcast

August 18th, 2020

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: A reverse sweep gone (horribly) wrong, and the fate of Dawid Malan

"He ends up trying to play the shot on all fours. Which is never ideal for a batsman."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (07'30): The Fusarium Test

"I thought it would be quite fun to play horticultural Miss Marple."

THE REVIEW (19'45): Original Spin - Vic Marks

"We never say this about a book we review, but it could have been a bit longer."

Recorded on 16 August 2020

Reverse Swept Radio 127 - A Cricket Podcast

July 28th, 2020

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Stokes going the extra mile, and Sky's coverage of BLM

"By the end of the second test, Stokes was in such a bad state - mostly because of Joe Root's belief in giving him 11-over spells."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (07'30): Smokers vs Non-Smokers

"To amass 803 suggests a degree of bloody-minded ruthlessness not quite in keeping with the occasion."

THE REVIEW (17'20): Calling the Shots podcast - Dan Norcross and Adam Collins

"The key thing I learnt was that there was nothing inevitable about cricket commentary's success."

Recorded on 26 July 2020

Reverse Swept Radio 126 - A Cricket Podcast

June 29th, 2020

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Watching the 1984 England v West Indies test at Lord's, and the importance of Vikram Solanki's apppointment as Surrey's Coach

"Maybe we should spend more time delving into the archives than keeping up with the latest game."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (09'15): The Cricket Match at Sidmouth by David Jones

"I thought that was a wheelbarrow, but it's definitely a cannon. Encouragingly pointing away from the field."

THE REVIEW (19'35): The Great Romantic - Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus by Duncan Hamilton 

"Here was a man who proudly proclaimed that he was the son of a prostitute. And yet he also wanted to be a member of an exclusive London club that bought into the traditions of social niceties."

Recorded on 28 June 2020

Reverse Swept Radio 125 - A Cricket Podcast

June 2nd, 2020

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Looking ahead to the summer, and celebrating Stephen Fay

"The relationship between leather and hand sanitiser is something we're going to find out pretty soon."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (07'48): "The most important figure in Aboriginal sport: Faith Thomas"

"She was known as the fastest female bowler of her time, in the '50s - which she attributes to growing up throwing stones at galahs."

THE REVIEW (15'00): The Test - A New Era, episodes 5-8 (Amazon Prime)

"I learnt much less than I hoped."

Recorded on 1 June 2020

Reverse Swept Radio 124 - A Cricket Podcast

May 9th, 2020

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Reliving Edgbaston 2005, and some cricket poetry

"A cruel critic could say that this is over-romanticised, but now feels like a perfectly acceptable time for us to be romanticising."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (09'00): Power Cricket in Cardiff, 2002

"It will of course remain the only 12 that Shahid Afridi ever hits."

THE REVIEW (21'05): The Test - A New Era, episodes 1-4 (Amazon Prime)

"It might just be that Kohli has the most expressive face in world sport."

Recorded on 10 May 2020

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