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.


Boycott: Root can use nous & instinct to emulate Vaughan  

Cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott react to Yorkshire's Joe Root appointment as England Test Cricket captain. Boycott believes he will 'definitely succeed'.

Heavy defeat for England as India claim T20 Series  

India beat England by 75 runs in the third and final T20 international. England lost eight wickets for eight runs in 19 balls, chasing 202-6. England bowled out for 127 after 16.3 overs. India win the series 2-1. Charles Dagnall and Isa Guha discuss what went wrong for England on the day and the series overall. We also hear from captains Eoin Morgan and Virat Kohli plus England coach Trevor Bayliss.

England win thrilling final ODI in Eden Gardens  

Simon Mann and Simon Hughes look back on a thrilling One Day international in Eden Gardens. England won by five runs after setting India 321-8 with the hosts 316-9 at the end. Ben Stokes struck 57 off 39 balls and Chris Woakes bowled the last over. We hear from both players plus both captains Eoin Morgan and Virat Kohli. India win the series 2-1.

Future of Global Cricket  

With the growing importance of t20 cricket Simon Mann is joined by Simon Hughes, Dean Wilson of the Mirror and freelance writer Tim Wigmore to talk about what the game of cricket will look like in ten years.

India seal one day series over England with 15 runs victory  

Another high scoring one day international ended with India beating England by 15 runs in Cuttack. They claim the three match series 2 nil with one to go. India recovered from 25-3 to total 381-6 thanks to a Yuvraj 150 and Dhoni 134. England’s reply included a century for their captain Eoin Morgan. We hear the views of Simon Mann and Simon Hughes plus an interview with Eoin Morgan following the game.

A tribute to Rachael Heyhoe-Flint…..a ‘Pioneer’.  

A tribute to Rachael Heyhoe-Flint who passed away aged 77. Simon Mann is joined by guests to reflect on her life. We hear from BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew. Clare Connor, the Director of England women’s cricket plus Enid Bakewell and Isha Guha. We also listen to archive material of Rachael talking to the BBC.

India chase down 350 to beat England in Pune by three wickets  

England made their highest losing score in a one day international as India beat them by three wickets in Pune. England set 350-7 in their 50 overs but it wasn’t enough. Simon Mann and Simon Hughes look back at the game with reaction from captains Eoin Morgan and Virat Kohli. Kohli scored a century as did Kedar Jadhav.

TMS investigates England’s search for ODI success in India  

England have found ODI success very hard to come by away to India. During the interval of the first One Day International this series Simon Mann led a chat to look back on England’s previous problems in this format. He also talked to former England spinner Graeme Swann. On the panel, the analyst, Simon Hughes plus Indian commentator Prakash Wakanker.

Graham Taylor's 'View from the Boundary' in 1991  

A 'View from the Boundary' with the late former England football manager Graham Taylor, speaking to Brian Johnston at Edgbaston in 1991.

England dramatically collapse to defeat in Chennai.  

We hear in this podcast from Cricket Correspondent, Jonathan Agnew with Geoffrey Boycott plus England captain Alastair Cook and Indian skipper Virat Kohli along with England assistant Coach, Paul Farbrace. It follows a win in the 5th Test for India by an innings and 75 runs. England lost 6 wickets for 15 runs to be bowled out for 207 in their second innings. Jadeja took 7 for 48. India win the series 4 nil.

The Panel – The England Test Tour Of India As Seen By Journalists  

Jonathan Agnew is joined by John Etheridge of the Sun, Chetan Narula, Indian cricket writer and Lawrence Booth of the Mail and Editor of Wisden. They discuss the Test series and the future of both teams. They talk about subjects such as Alastair Cook and captaincy, the same of India’s Virat Kohli plus spinner Jack Leach and the reasons behind his not being called up recently.

Triple century on record breaking day for India in Chennai  

England conceded their highest total when India made their highest score in a Test. They declared their second innings on 759-7. Karun Nair made a triple century on the 4th day of the 5th and final Test in Chennai. Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott consider what could happen on final day of the tour. We also hear an interview with England coach, Trevor Bayliss.

2016 a year of Cricket moments – which was your favourite?  

From Ben Stokes 258, Stuart Broad 6 for 17 and many more right up to the elusive dog who stopped play in Vizag which was your favourite cricket moment of 2016? The BBC would like you to rank your top 10 – details on the BBC cricket website. In this podcast Jonathan Agnew, Ed Smith and Vic marks share their memories of 2016.

Rahul’s 199 on long day for England against India  

India’s KL Rahul was out on 199 during the 3rd day of the 5th test against England. From Chennai, Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott look back at the day. Ben Stokes gives his assessment in an interview with Ed Smith. India closed the day on 391-4 which is 86 runs behind. He shared stands of 152 with Patel and 161 with Karun Nair who remains 71 not out.

Dawson Test debut half century for England in Chennai  

Liam Dawson became the first England number 8 to score over 60 on his Test debut as the side posted 477 in their first innings of the fifth Test. We hear the thoughts of Dawson plus Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott in conversation after the close of play. Moeen Ali was out for 146 and Adil Rashid made 60 exactly. India will resume the Third day on 60 for no wicket.

North v South - England name their sides to play next March in the UAE  

Mark Wood, Steven Finn and James Vince are among the players who will be given the chance to press their England one-day claims in the first North versus South series being played in the UAE in March. Wood is coming back following a third ankle operation in 12 months. He’s been named in a North Squad to be captained by his Durham team mate Keaton Jennings. The South Squad is captained by James Vince and includes Liam Dawson and Steve Finn. The teams will meet in three One day games in Dubai and Abu Dhabi Four players in each team had already earned their places through their performances in the 2016 Royal London One-Day Cup, measured by the Professional Cricketers’ Association’s Most Valuable Player rankings. But the rest of the names have been announced and are North: Keaton Jennings (Durham, capt), Ben Duckett (Northamptonshire). Sam Hain (Warwickshire), Joe Clarke (Worcestershire) Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Jack Leaning (Yorkshire), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire) Josh Poysden (Warwickshire), Greame White (Northamptonshire), Mark Wood (Durham), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Richard Gleeson (Northamptonshire), Harry Gurney (Notts) South: James Vince (Hampshire, capt), Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent), Tom Alsop (Hampshire), David Malan (Middlesex), Sam Northeast (Kent), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Tom Curran (Surrey), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Tim Groenewald (Somerset), Matt Coles (Kent) Steve Finn (Middlesex), Mason Crane (Hampshire). The teams will be led by two members of the senior England coaching staff –Ottis Gibson with the North and Paul Farbrace with the South Adam Mountford has been speaking with Farbrace.

Moeen Century gives England good start  

Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott look at England’s start to the 5th and final Test away to India. They won the toss and closed the day on 284-4 with Moeen Ali 120 not out having been dropped on 0. Joe Root made 88. We hear the thoughts of Joe Root after the days play. India already have won the series with a three nil lead.

England name new 2 years women’s contracts – including Sarah Taylor  

The ECB has named 18 new 2 year contracts for the England women’s team. Included in those names is Sarah Taylor who has been taking time out of the game due to suffering with anxiety. Clare Connor, the ECB Director of women’s cricket, tells us more about Sarah and others included on the list.

Chris Cowdrey: the Spirit of India 84/85  

Chris Cowdrey was part of the England squad which came from one Test down to win the series in India back in 84/85. He tells us what it was like to be part of that success. We also talk about carrying the famous cricketing name, his pride of leading Kent, and his one time in charge of England.

India complete series victory over England  

India beat England by an innings and 36 runs to win the 4th Test and complete the series win – three up with one to go. England were bowled in their second innings for 195 - Ashwin took 6-55. We hear the thoughts of BBC Cricket Correspondent, Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott plus reaction from England captain, Alastair Cook, India skipper Virat Kohli and England coach Trevor Bayliss.

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