January 9, 2010

World Cricket Podcast

What Test cricket needs is more draws

Andy Zaltzman

In the third instalment of his World Cricket Podcast, comedian Andy Zaltzman wonders whether it is logistically possible for Graeme Smith to play an elegant shot, dives into history to find one of the dullest Test series ever, lauds Pakistan cricket for imploding like the supernova that it is, and nearly manages to get an Australian guest on his show.

Read the transcript of the podcast here

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Andy Zaltzman is a stand-up comedian, a regular on the BBC Radio 4, and a writer

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Posted by Rana on (November 10, 2012, 21:56 GMT)

Personally I think having a palticurar branch of religion associated with the state is pretty divisive, and archaic to boot.I find it deeply worrying that people whose main qualification is believing in an imaginary friend, should have any influence in the Lords as well.That long word,bring it on!

Posted by blogs.espncricinfo.com on (May 9, 2011, 12:33 GMT)

What_test_cricket_needs_is_mor.. Awful :)

Posted by GD on (January 13, 2010, 8:42 GMT)

Andy is definitely the most incisive and thoughtful cricket commentator around. If only the broadcasters would forget about Tony Greig, Richie Benaud, and Ian Chappell with all their feigned expertise, and pseudo-explanations for the bizarre cricket seen last week and call in a real expert like Andy Zaltzman.

Seriously, that was the best piece of comedy I've heard in a while. I just wish the podcast feed worked properly.

Posted by Peter on (January 11, 2010, 17:56 GMT)

LOL another funny piece. I was cracking up so badly when u said u would like to see eng draw another last wicket thriller and see smith chase up onions and eat him up. I personally would also love to see that also.

My money is on smith to 'choke' when eating onions

But the best was the divorcing wife.

Posted by Phil S. on (January 11, 2010, 7:12 GMT)

It is grossly unfair to lampoon Ricky Ponting. He is a fantastic captain, winning 100% of tests whenever Australia play themselves. This is why its been a great summer. Both Pakistan and the Windies have a recent if proud history of playing themselves whenever it matters, only not as successfully as Ponting does it. Now, if he can only convince the English, Indians and Saffers to also play themselves, he may well rise to the exalted position that his captaincy so richly deserves.

Posted by Manas on (January 11, 2010, 3:08 GMT)

Amazing podcast keep up the good work Andy!!!

Posted by MJ Coxx on (January 11, 2010, 0:10 GMT)

Nice New Zealand/South African accent Andy. You might want to call Meryl Streep to get a few tips.

Posted by Matt on (January 10, 2010, 3:56 GMT)

Excellent Australian accent. If you think Tony Greig sounds Australian, that is.

Posted by Sairam on (January 10, 2010, 1:07 GMT)

Andy ,

Brilliant. Hilarious. If you were ten years younger , i might've even said ROTFLMAO .. but alas.

Your podcasts are the best ever !

Posted by Kunal on (January 9, 2010, 23:22 GMT)

These podcasts are the rightly coloured prism through which to look at cricket. Keep it up Andy!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Andy Zaltzman
Andy Zaltzman was born in obscurity in 1974. He has been a sporadically-acclaimed stand-up comedian since 1999, and has appeared regularly on BBC Radio 4. He is currently one half of TimesOnline's hit satirical podcast The Bugle, alongside John Oliver. Zaltzman's love of cricket outshone his aptitude for the game by a humiliating margin. He once scored 6 in 75 minutes in an Under-15 match, and failed to hit a six between the ages of 9 and 23. He would have been ideally suited to Tests, had not a congenital defect left him unable to play the game to anything above genuine village standard. He writes the Confectionery Stall blog on Cricinfo.

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