Test Match Special

Test Match Special

United Kingdom

Coverage of England’s cricket matches. Insight and analysis from Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott, plus interviews with the top players.


England bowlers frustrated in Mumbai  

Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott discuss the days events in Mumbai. Jos Buttler scored 76 as England totalled 400 in their first innings and India closed 146-1 thanks to a stand of 107 runs between Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara. We hear from Buttler in the post day interview for day 2 of the 4th Test.

England’s new teenage opening batsman Haseeb Hameed talks to TMS  

Nineteen year old opening batsman Haseeb Hamed joined Jonathan Agnew at Lunch on day 2 of the fourth Test in Mumbai. He’s already impressed for England but had to return to home following an injury. However now he’s back in India with his family to watch from the stands.

Century on debut for Keaton Jennings in Mumbai  

Keaton Jennings made an immediate impact on his England Test debut by scoring a century against India in Mumbai. England won the toss and closed on 288-5. India’s Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets for 9 runs at one point on a pitch taking turn. Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott look back at the days play plus an interview with Keaton Jennings.

MCC – Mike Brearley and Matthew Fleming talk over changes to the game  

The MCC World Cricket committee has been meeting in Mumbai to discuss all sorts of issues affecting the modern game. Subjects included Red cards, 4 day tests, ball tampering and cricket at the Olympics. It’s an independent group made up of a mix of former players and administrators. The likes of Ricky Ponting, Sourav Ganguly, Rod Marsh, Ramiz Raja and Jimmy Adams have all been involved this week under the watchful eye of Chairman Mike Brearley. Jonathan Agnew talks to Mike who was recently voted best England Test captain and also to Matthew Fleming who recently took over as the new President of the MCC.

India go two up in Test Series  

After India beat England in Mohali by 8 wickets, to take a two nil lead in the five match Test series, Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan look back on the game plus what happens next. We hear reaction from England captain Alastair Cook, India Skipper Virat Kohli and England coach Trevor Bayliss plus more news on the injury to England opener Haseeb Hameed.

India dominate in Mohali  

England closed the third day of third Test struggling in their second innings with a score of 78-4, still trailing India by 56 runs. They eventually bowled India out in their first innings for 417 with Ben Stokes picking up 5 wickets. Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan review the play and we hear from Jonny Bairstow who has broken the record for most dismissals by a keeper in a calendar year (68).

Dean Jones on India and cricket  

Jonathan Agnew talks to the former Australian international Dean Jones who is now a respected commentator and writer on the game. He talks to Jonathan about his views on the current state of the game and his love of India.

Neil Foster – The spirit of India 84/85  

Neil Foster, the former Essex and England bowler took a match winning 11 wickets in a Test to help England come from behind to win the series against India 2-1. Neil shares his memories of that and his career in which he also won 5 County Championship titles with Essex.

England remain in contention in Mohali  

Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan review the second days play in Mohali between India and England. England made 238 in their first innings and India closed on 271-6, 12 runs behind. England took 3 wickets for 8 runs before Ben Stokes removed India captain Virat Kohli for 62. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja then shared an unbroken stand of 67. We also hear an interview with Adil Rashid who took 4 wickets in the last session of the day.

England miss opportunity in Mohali  

Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan review day one of the third test in Mohali. England won the toss and closed the day at 268-8. We also hear an interview with Jos Buttler who made on 43 on his return to the Test side. Jonny Bairstow top scored with 89.

Rob Andrew On His New Job In Cricket  

Rob Andrew was this week appointed CEO at Sussex CCC. Rob played first class cricket whilst at Cambridge University, but made a name for himself as a rugby union international. Following his playing career he moved into administration, firstly with Newcastle, then ten years with the Rugby Football Union. He left there earlier this year and will take over at Hove at the start of the new year. Rob Andrew spoke to Kevin Howells on Test Match Special, explaining why he's taken on this new role in county cricket.

India win 2nd Test over England  

Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott review the action from Visakhapatnam. India winning the second test over England by 246 runs. England were bowled out second innings for 158 just after lunch on the final day. India lead the five match series one-nil. We also hear interviews with England captain Alastair Cook, India captain Virat Kohli and England coach Trevor Bayliss.

The TMS Journalist Panel – the series so far  

The TMS Journalist Panel where Jonathan Agnew is joined by Ali Martin of the Guardian, Lawrence Booth of the Mail and Editor of Wisden plus Chetan Narula – Freelance Indian writer and broadcaster. They review the series so far at lunch on the final day of the second Test. They also throw ahead to discuss what changes may be made for the remaining three matches of the India England Test series.

Can England save the second Test?  

England’s attempt to salvage the 2nd Test against India was dented by losing openers Haseeb Hameed and Alastair Cook in the closing stages of the 4th day after a spirited display in their 2nd innings. Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott discuss their chances of avoiding defeat plus we hear from Stuart Broad, who earlier in the day set the tone with the ball, showing impressive character for England along with Adil Rashid.

Visakhapatnam – find out more about the Indian city and it’s stadium.  

Test Match Special goes beyond the boundaries of the stadium staging a first Test match, to discover more about the Indian coastal city, Visakhapatnam and the region. Jonathan Agnew talks to Mr D.V.S.S. Somayajulu, President of the Andhra Cricket Association. We find out more on how the ground was built and how much work went into putting the city and stadium on the international sporting map.

India tighten grip on second Test  

Jonathan Agnew talks with Geoffrey Boycott following a third day in which England fought back but still trail by a long way against India in the second Test. We also hear from England’s Jonathan Bairstow who got the day off to a good start scoring 53 in a stand with Ben Stokes who contributed 70 in England’s first innings. India closed on 98-3 with Kohli 51 not out.

Peter Trego – moving from one stage to the next.  

Many cricketers are lucky enough to spend the close season escaping the cold of the UK and playing cricket overseas. Earlier this week we heard about the 50 plus players involved in the ECB pathway programme including the England Lions out in the UAE. But other cricketers find an alternative way to spend their winters aside from training. Kevin Howells has been to speak to one of the biggest personalities in the county game, Peter Trego who has found a rather different way to prepare for his life outside of the game.

India claim wickets to end day two on top  

England’s assistant coach, Paul Farbrace tells us what he thinks of England’s display on day two of the second Test in Visakhaptnam. Enland are 103-5 and trail by 353 runs in their first innings. Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott also review the day and look forward to the third day and the massive challenge lying before Alastair Cook and his men.

Legendary Australian commentator Jim Maxwell in conversation with Jonathan Agnew.  

With Australia suffering a run of defeats in both Test and One day cricket, TMS talk to Aussie commentator Jim Maxwell. He tells Jonathan Agnew what he thinks is going wrong with the national team, plus he updates us on his recovery from a stroke. They also discuss his life in the game with a new book published.

India take early charge in Second Test  

James Anderson was back from England and you can hear what he had to say after India’s Purjara and Kohli both scored centuries in a close of play score of 317-4 after winning the toss. Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott look back on the day plus hear what happened when a stray dog forced the players off the field for an early tea.

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