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Wisden Cricket Weekly

Join Mark Butcher, Yas Rana and the rest of the Wisden Cricket Weekly Podcast team for a weekly digest of the biggest stories from both English cricket and the wider world game.

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Recent Episodes of Wisden Cricket Weekly


Women's Cricket Weekly: Sciver-Brunt hammers Pakistan & the future of fast bowling, with Lauren Bell

Women's Cricket Weekly: Sciver-Brunt hammers Pakistan & the future of fast bowling, with Lauren Bell

Yas Rana and Lauren Winfield-Hill reflect on England's 2-0 ODI series victory against Pakistan, with Nat Sciver-Brunt hitting a brilliant 124* in the final match of the series at Chelmsford.

England fast bowler Lauren Bell joins the show to look at the summer ahead and her journey so far with Katya Witney, before Tim Wigmore speaks to Yas about the evolution of fast bowling in the women's game.


0:00 Intro / 1:43 England vs Pakistan / 14:49 Lauren Bell interview / 24:11 The future of fast bowling / 31:29 Outro


The Metro Bank Girls in Cricket Fund...

Episode 31 May 2024 37m and 12s


Eoin Morgan previews the T20 World Cup, Jofra Archer returns & KKR win the 2024 IPL

Eoin Morgan previews the T20 World Cup, Jofra Archer returns & KKR win the 2024 IPL

Former England captain and World Cup winner Eoin Morgan joins the show to preview the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean and the US with Melinda Farrell.

Mark Butcher also dials in to give his predictions for the tournament, which gets underway later this week.

Elsewhere in the show, Yas Rana and Ben Gardner look at the tournament structure and give a few predictions of their own, before discussing the latest round of County Championship action, Jofra Archer's successful return to international cricket and Kolkata Knight Riders' IPL 2024 triumph.


0:00 Intro / 1:38...

Episode 29 May 2024 1h, 25m and 11s


Women's Cricket Weekly: England beat Pakistan 3-0, Yorkshire in Tier 1 & Scotland at the World Cup

Women's Cricket Weekly: England beat Pakistan 3-0, Yorkshire in Tier 1 & Scotland at the World Cup

Following last week's conversations around the new women's domestic structure, Yas Rana and Lauren Winfield-Hill react to the news that Yorkshire's Tier 1 status has been bumped up to 2026.

They also reflect on England's 3-0 T20I series victory against Pakistan as they gear up for the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.

Sarah Bryce joins Yas later in the show to discuss Scotland's historic qualification for the T20 World Cup and what it means for cricket in the region.


0:00 Intro / 1:04 Yorkshire / 9:18 England vs Pakistan / 23:17 Scotland / 26:35 Sarah Bryce on Scotland's T20 World...

Episode 23 May 2024 44m and 3s


Previewing the T20 World Cup & Ollie Robinson’s push to be England’s next Test keeper

Previewing the T20 World Cup & Ollie Robinson’s push to be England’s next Test keeper

Yas Rana, Ben Gardner and CricViz analyst Ben Jones preview the men's T20 World Cup, which starts next week in the US and the Caribbean.

They discuss the conditions, which teams are best placed to mount a title challenge and what we should expect from the tournament.

Elsewhere in the show, the panel reflect on the most recent round of the County Championship – a good one for several current England players and hopefuls – as well as looking ahead to the IPL knockouts.

Mark Butcher dials in to chat about England's T20I series agains...

Episode 22 May 2024 1h, 38m and 51s


Women's Cricket Weekly: How the new women's domestic structure will change cricket in England

Women's Cricket Weekly: How the new women's domestic structure will change cricket in England

Yas Rana, Ben Gardner and Lauren Winfield-Hill discuss the most recent restructuring of English women's domestic cricket.

They look at why the change is necessary, implications for the counties not chosen – Yorkshire, in Lauren's case – and what impact it will have on the sport.

There's also chat about England's ongoing T20I series against Pakistan, with Heather Knight's side recovering from 11-4 to win the first match at Edgbaston by 53 runs.


0:00 Intro / 1:43 Lauren Winfield-Hill on Yorkshire missing out on Tier 1 / 23:21 Domestic restructuring / 35:58 England vs Pakistan / 45:04 Outro


The...

Episode 16 May 2024 50m and 47s


James Anderson retires from Test cricket: is the timing right, and what's next?

James Anderson retires from Test cricket: is the timing right, and what's next?

Yas Rana, Phil Walker and Ben Gardner react to the news that James Anderson's glittering Test career will come to an end at Lord's this summer.

They reflect on Anderson's legacy, the circumstances surrounding the decision and look at potential candidates to replace him.

Elsewhere in the show there's a County Championship round-up, a debate about England's future Test wicket-keepers and Pakistan's T20I series in Ireland.

Mark Butcher also dials in to discuss Anderson's impending Test retirement.


0:00 Intro / 0:48 Mark Butcher on James Anderson / 13:08 James Anderson’s retirement / 28:59 Po...

Episode 14 May 2024 1h, 8m and 55s


Women's Cricket Weekly: Heather Knight on her eight years as England captain & ENGvPAK squads announced

Women's Cricket Weekly: Heather Knight on her eight years as England captain & ENGvPAK squads announced

On the first ever episode of the Wisden Women's Cricket Weekly podcast, Yas Rana and Lauren Winfield-Hill are joined by England captain Heather Knight.

They discuss leadership, Knight's experiences in the job, how it's changed over the years, competing against Australia and much more.

Later in the episode, Katya Witney joins Yas to reflect on the latest round of Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy fixtures and England's squads for the series against Pakistan.


0:00 Intro / 1:55 Heather Knight interview / 37:43 Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy / 41:00 England squads / 51:30 Pakistan / 53:20 Outro


The...

Episode 9 May 2024 57m and 10s


Players voice safety concerns over schedule – will it finally change?

Players voice safety concerns over schedule – will it finally change?

The English game was rocked this week after the sudden passing of Worcestershire left-arm spinner Josh Baker. Baker, though just 20, had already made 47 senior appearances for the county, and last season scored the run that sealed Worcestershire’s promotion back to the top flight. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone associated with the club.


After a study undertaken by the PCA revealed that two-thirds of county players believe the current domestic schedule is unfit for purpose, Yas Rana, Ben Gardner, Katya Witney and Jim Wallace address the challenges and discuss what ne...

Episode 7 May 2024 1h, 1m and 58s


Ollie Pope joins us for a batting masterclass; Archer returns for the T20 World Cup

Ollie Pope joins us for a batting masterclass; Archer returns for the T20 World Cup

Ollie Pope joins this week’s show for his most forensic interview yet, delving into the evolution of his batting over the course of his international career.

Elsewhere in the show, Mark Butcher, Ben Gardner and Yas Rana react to the announcement of England’s T20 World Cup squad, one that saw Jofra Archer return to the fold and Chris Jordan pip Chris Woakes and Gus Atkinson to a spot in the 15-man group.

There’s also discussion on Dan Worrall, Bismah Maroof, India and South Africa's T20 World Cup squads and more.


Episode 30 April 2024 1h, 18m and 38s


The purpose of county cricket: What does the future hold for second tier counties?

The purpose of county cricket: What does the future hold for second tier counties?

Yas Rana, Phil Walker, Katya Witney and Ben Gardner talk all things county cricket, including the Kookaburra vs Dukes debate and the allocation of the eight Tier One women's counties.

There's also discussion on the latest round of the County Championship, reflection on the previous week's IPL action and an incredible innings from Sri Lanka's Chamari Athapaththu.

Yas speaks to Simon Cook, Kent's Director of Cricket, about player recruitment and Kent missing out on Tier One status, while Mark Butcher also joins the show to discuss the state of the county game.


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Episode 24 April 2024 1h, 37m and 6s

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