World Cricket Podcast December 2, 2011

Australia have fluffed their chance at immortality

Also: why Test cricket is like The Wire

Also: why Test cricket is like The Wire. And is Phillip Hughes really made out of a chunk of Ayers Rock? Andy Zaltzman discusses these and other thrilling topics (among them: why he is an eternal Chemplast and Napoleon Einstein fan) with Daniel Norcross of Test Match Sofa

Download the podcast here (mp3, 25MB, right-click to save).

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

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  • IPLisdull on December 7, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Darren Lehman and Inzamam-ul-Haq are both better batsmen, and better fatty boomsticks than Jessy Ryder, however, i know potential is a dirty word, but there is a lot of potential in the big Kiwi!

  • Craig b Kirsten 0 on December 6, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    Fat batsmen? No-one is better (or fatter) than Inzamam-ul-Haq

  • david on December 6, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Thanks for the fun, Andy, you're a gem. One thing though, on which I would love to hear your opinion: Why is it that Ricky Ponting is so mercilessly dissed? Is it simply that one mocks what one fears? In that case why is not the same treatment dished out to Tendulkar? Ponting is the greatest cricketer since Bradman, bar none, and I do not understand why the ritual deriding of him does not at least come hand-in-hand with any but the most grudging admiration. Remember, ultimately England never overtook Australia at the top of the Test game: We got a bit better, yes, but basically had to wait for a great team to get old. Does that knowledge still rankle?

  • Umair Hoodbhoy on December 3, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Andy, I can't believe you went 35 minutes with:

    * the only mention of the words 'Sri Lanka' being when talking about a weak English side in the 1980's AND * no mention of the word Pakistan, with the only reference to a Pakistani player being a dishonored Salman Butt.

    Was that contest really that boring? 5 ODIs, 3 Tests. How about some stats about the exciting scoring rate of Pakistan in Test matches? Or about Hafeez owning left-handed openers (I was sure he and Darryl Tuffey had something in common)? Or about the last time Sri Lanka won a Test without Murali? Or some unheard stat about how cool Sangakkara is?

    Come on!

  • Farhan on December 3, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    Andy,

    I anxiously wait for your vivid commentary on cricketing issues. I would appreciate if you get somebody to include a transcript so I can read it at work or on my phone while travelling. Here in Canada, the mobile data costs are astronomical due to tri-monopoly of phone carriers.

    A fan,

    Farhan

  • Bored Mathematician on December 2, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    A series is the limit of a sequence of partial terms. In fact, if a sequence consists of just one term, its associated series will consist of a single term. So, my point being that the Two match test "series" are still series regardless of what any former cricketer might think about them

  • Niall on December 2, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    I should'nt like a furiously baldy man with really no cricket credentials, but i do.

  • Dagz on December 2, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Yes! Cannot wait to jump on the bus and give this a listen after work. Welcome back Andy! I'm going to go and give my face a scrub so that it's nice & clean for when you're ready to hit me with another filthy statistic~

  • IPLisdull on December 7, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Darren Lehman and Inzamam-ul-Haq are both better batsmen, and better fatty boomsticks than Jessy Ryder, however, i know potential is a dirty word, but there is a lot of potential in the big Kiwi!

  • Craig b Kirsten 0 on December 6, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    Fat batsmen? No-one is better (or fatter) than Inzamam-ul-Haq

  • david on December 6, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Thanks for the fun, Andy, you're a gem. One thing though, on which I would love to hear your opinion: Why is it that Ricky Ponting is so mercilessly dissed? Is it simply that one mocks what one fears? In that case why is not the same treatment dished out to Tendulkar? Ponting is the greatest cricketer since Bradman, bar none, and I do not understand why the ritual deriding of him does not at least come hand-in-hand with any but the most grudging admiration. Remember, ultimately England never overtook Australia at the top of the Test game: We got a bit better, yes, but basically had to wait for a great team to get old. Does that knowledge still rankle?

  • Umair Hoodbhoy on December 3, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Andy, I can't believe you went 35 minutes with:

    * the only mention of the words 'Sri Lanka' being when talking about a weak English side in the 1980's AND * no mention of the word Pakistan, with the only reference to a Pakistani player being a dishonored Salman Butt.

    Was that contest really that boring? 5 ODIs, 3 Tests. How about some stats about the exciting scoring rate of Pakistan in Test matches? Or about Hafeez owning left-handed openers (I was sure he and Darryl Tuffey had something in common)? Or about the last time Sri Lanka won a Test without Murali? Or some unheard stat about how cool Sangakkara is?

    Come on!

  • Farhan on December 3, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    Andy,

    I anxiously wait for your vivid commentary on cricketing issues. I would appreciate if you get somebody to include a transcript so I can read it at work or on my phone while travelling. Here in Canada, the mobile data costs are astronomical due to tri-monopoly of phone carriers.

    A fan,

    Farhan

  • Bored Mathematician on December 2, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    A series is the limit of a sequence of partial terms. In fact, if a sequence consists of just one term, its associated series will consist of a single term. So, my point being that the Two match test "series" are still series regardless of what any former cricketer might think about them

  • Niall on December 2, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    I should'nt like a furiously baldy man with really no cricket credentials, but i do.

  • Dagz on December 2, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Yes! Cannot wait to jump on the bus and give this a listen after work. Welcome back Andy! I'm going to go and give my face a scrub so that it's nice & clean for when you're ready to hit me with another filthy statistic~

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  • Dagz on December 2, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Yes! Cannot wait to jump on the bus and give this a listen after work. Welcome back Andy! I'm going to go and give my face a scrub so that it's nice & clean for when you're ready to hit me with another filthy statistic~

  • Niall on December 2, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    I should'nt like a furiously baldy man with really no cricket credentials, but i do.

  • Bored Mathematician on December 2, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    A series is the limit of a sequence of partial terms. In fact, if a sequence consists of just one term, its associated series will consist of a single term. So, my point being that the Two match test "series" are still series regardless of what any former cricketer might think about them

  • Farhan on December 3, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    Andy,

    I anxiously wait for your vivid commentary on cricketing issues. I would appreciate if you get somebody to include a transcript so I can read it at work or on my phone while travelling. Here in Canada, the mobile data costs are astronomical due to tri-monopoly of phone carriers.

    A fan,

    Farhan

  • Umair Hoodbhoy on December 3, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Andy, I can't believe you went 35 minutes with:

    * the only mention of the words 'Sri Lanka' being when talking about a weak English side in the 1980's AND * no mention of the word Pakistan, with the only reference to a Pakistani player being a dishonored Salman Butt.

    Was that contest really that boring? 5 ODIs, 3 Tests. How about some stats about the exciting scoring rate of Pakistan in Test matches? Or about Hafeez owning left-handed openers (I was sure he and Darryl Tuffey had something in common)? Or about the last time Sri Lanka won a Test without Murali? Or some unheard stat about how cool Sangakkara is?

    Come on!

  • david on December 6, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Thanks for the fun, Andy, you're a gem. One thing though, on which I would love to hear your opinion: Why is it that Ricky Ponting is so mercilessly dissed? Is it simply that one mocks what one fears? In that case why is not the same treatment dished out to Tendulkar? Ponting is the greatest cricketer since Bradman, bar none, and I do not understand why the ritual deriding of him does not at least come hand-in-hand with any but the most grudging admiration. Remember, ultimately England never overtook Australia at the top of the Test game: We got a bit better, yes, but basically had to wait for a great team to get old. Does that knowledge still rankle?

  • Craig b Kirsten 0 on December 6, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    Fat batsmen? No-one is better (or fatter) than Inzamam-ul-Haq

  • IPLisdull on December 7, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Darren Lehman and Inzamam-ul-Haq are both better batsmen, and better fatty boomsticks than Jessy Ryder, however, i know potential is a dirty word, but there is a lot of potential in the big Kiwi!