The Analyst Inside Cricket

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Sharp analysis and opinion from the cricket world with Simon Hughes, The Analyst and the BBC's Simon Mann, featuring comment, analysis, interviews with international players and celebrity guests. Find us on the Sport Social website:...

  • 59 minutes 1 second
    Arise Sir Jimmy...

    Simon Hughes and Simon Mann consider Jimmy Anderson's impending departure and how it was decided, and discuss with West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder the legacy he has left and some ideas to help beleaguered bowlers in the shorter formats which Jimmy has wisely avoided.

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    15 May 2024, 12:25 pm
  • 42 minutes 31 seconds
    Conflict of Interests

    Simon Hughes and Simon Mann discuss the difficulty of scheduling county cricket to anyone's - never mind everyone's - satisfaction and hear about the real (10th century) origins of cricket - with fairly brutal consequences - from a most unexpected source. This podcast is sponsored by www.visitbarbados.org/cricket

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    8 May 2024, 3:03 pm
  • 48 minutes 12 seconds
    The Big Deal

    Simon Hughes and Simon Mann analyse this month's big talking point, the potential sale of the Hundred franchises to private investors and what it might mean for the 18 counties and MCC. PCA chief executive Daryl Mitchell and Leicestershire CEO Sean Jarvis offer their views.

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    3 May 2024, 10:16 am
  • 54 minutes 33 seconds
    Storylines: The Women's Cricket Show - Darwin deliberation with Amy Gordon

    Melissa Story (Gloucestershire & TMS) and Nikki Chaudhuri (Surrey & TMS) return to the massive plan to return the women's game to the counties and the impacts of this move. Reading listener concerns and speculating on the game before Surrey CC Women's Captain Amy Gordon describes the uncertainty the plans have had on her life.


    She also talks about how commendable work in founding teh charity "Pad Up" an organisation delivering period products to girls in Kenyan schools to keep them engaged in education and sport.

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    1 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 52 minutes 51 seconds
    David Gower is in the House

    One of England's truly great players, David Gower, joins our virtual cricket club to discuss the future of Test cricket, his most embarrassing dismissals, which modern player he'd most like to be and why he loves Icelandic cricket. Join our virtual club at worldsbestcc.com

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    25 April 2024, 7:05 pm
  • 58 minutes 38 seconds
    Storylines: The Women's Cricket Show - Project Darwin: Evolve or Die?

    Melissa Story (Gloucestershire & TMS) and Nikki Chaudhuri (Surrey & TMS) dissect the ECB's latest plans to expand the professional women's game with 00 Child Podcast host Polly Starkie and the Independent's sports writer, Sonia Twigg, who makes her second appearance on the pod.

    Whether the new announcement will grow or harm women's cricket is down to natural selection but the panel left no stone unturned with a critical and passionate debate on how to develop the domestic game.

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    22 April 2024, 8:00 pm
  • 44 minutes 17 seconds
    Simply The Best

    Special guest Tino Best recounts the tale of playing in the Test match when Brian Lara broke the world record Test score with his 400 not out, twenty years ago this week. Its also 30 years to the day since Lara's epic 375 not out in Antigua. Simon Hughes was there.

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    19 April 2024, 6:34 am
  • 1 hour 20 seconds
    Kent Mourns and Applauds

    Simon Hughes and Simon Mann celebrate the life of the incomparable Derek Underwood, Kent and England's prolific spinner and hear from Rob Key, also a Kent legend, about his ethos in charge of England, why he chose Brendon McCullum as coach and what Harry Brook said to Ben Stokes .

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    15 April 2024, 10:05 pm
  • 1 hour 3 minutes
    County Cricket - in Full Bloom

    The sportswriter Ben Bloom discusses his new book Batting for Time - the fight to keep English cricket alive - and Simon Hughes and Simon Mann assess his findings and evaluate the solutions

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    8 April 2024, 7:25 pm
  • 55 minutes 34 seconds
    Storylines: The Women's Cricket Show - Future Firepower and Sri Lanka's swagger

    Melissa Story (Gloucestershire & TMS) and Nikki Chaudhuri (Surrey & TMS) celebrate Melissa's remarkable achievement in winning the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Broadcaster of the Year award before turning their attention to England's tour of New Zealand.

    The girls then spoke to the brilliant Estelle Vasudevan to get her insight into all things Sri Lanka Women's Cricket ranging from this year's world cup to the domestic leagues.

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    8 April 2024, 2:00 pm
  • 40 minutes 37 seconds
    The Only Way is Up

    On the eve of the new County Championship season, Simon Mann and Simon Hughes talk to the optimistic Mark Alleyne, newly installed head coach of Gloucestershire who failed to win one first class match in 2023 and finished bottom of Division 2.

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    4 April 2024, 12:02 pm
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