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624 episodes

What next for England central contracts as franchise cricket booms?

Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain look at the difficulties England face picking squads with so many of their players involved in franchise white-ball competitions. Should central contracts become more incentive-based?

Feb 02
'Administrators were asleep at the wheel' - how franchise cricket is impacting international game

Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain and Ian Ward discuss the rise of franchise cricket and the impact it is having on the international game. Is Test cricket under threat - and what issues could arise for players who skip from tournament to tournament?

Jan 28
Historic win in Pakistan: The rapid transformation of England's 'no fear' team

Captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum, plus Stuart Broad, Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton and Mark Butcher explore how England's 'no fear' mentality clinched a historic series sweep in Pakistan.

Dec 20, 2022
Karachi 2000 | The famous win in the dark

Athers and Nasser recall England's famous win in the dark against Pakistan back in 2000, the only time they have ever won at the ground.

Dec 18, 2022
James Anderson joins Nasser | Stokes' leadership, BazBall in the Ashes and the secret to his longevity

James Anderson joins Nasser Hussain for a quick chat about the attacking mindset that Ben Stokes' Test side have instilled, whether BazBall can work in an Ashes series and how the winning series in Pakistan compares to other away successes.

Dec 17, 2022
Ramiz Raja joins Athers for a chat about the state of Pakistan cricket

PCB chief Ramiz Raja talks to Michael Atherton about England's tour of Pakistan, the security surrounding the Tests, the pitches we've seen so far and why England are a good challenge for Pakistan.

Dec 10, 2022
Stuart Broad discusses England's Test transformation and how ‘enjoyment’ is their idea of victory

Stuart Broad sits down with Ian Ward, Mark Butcher, Nasser Hussain and Mark Atherton to discuss England’s transformation under Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes and how eradicating fear of failure has changed the Test side.

Dec 09, 2022
A sit-down with ECB chairman Richard Thompson

County cricket, the ECB setup, the future of The Hundred, franchises and the future of Test cricket are all discussed as ECB chairman Richard Thompson joins Michael Atherton for a chat during the third day of the first Test between Pakistan and England.

Dec 03, 2022
Jos Buttler Special: England captain reflects on T20 World Cup glory

England white-ball captain Jos Buttler joins Sky Sports' Ian Ward and Kumar Sangakkara to discuss his side’s T20 World Cup success in Australia in November, including the thumping victory over India in the semi-finals, the Ben Stokes-inspired win over Pakistan in the final and Player of the Tournament, Sam Curran.

Dec 01, 2022
England in Pakistan preview: Will Baz-ball work? Rehan Ahmed's selection and winning in the dark in Karachi

Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain and The Daily Telegraph's Nick Hoult look ahead to England's upcoming Test match series in Pakistan. They talk about how things have changed since England's last tours of the country in 2000 and 2005, the selection of 18 year old spinner Rehan Ahmed and ponder whether 'Baz-Ball' will work in Pakistan.

Nov 30, 2022
Brendon McCullum on returning to Pakistan, playing entertaining cricket and picking Rehan Ahmed

Michael Atherton sits down to talk with England head coach, Brendon McCullum as his side prepare to return to play their first Test series in Pakistan for 17 years. McCullum speaks about what he sees as an 'obligation' to play entertaining cricket, the reasons behind the selection of 18 year old spinner, Rehan Ahmed and describes what type of coach he thinks he is.

Nov 29, 2022
Jos Buttler Special: England skipper on T20 World Cup final, playing Pakistan at the MCG and leadership

Ahead of the T20 World Cup final against Pakistan, England skipper Jos Buttler sits down with Michael Atherton and Eoin Morgan to reflect on his captaincy journey so far, the side's white-ball success since the 2015 World Cup, and why they must enjoy Sunday's match at the MCG.

Nov 12, 2022
T20 World Cup final preview: England's batting vs Pakistan's bowling - and what about a Super Over?!

Nasser Hussain and Eoin Morgan join Ian Ward to preview Sunday's T20 World Cup final between England and Pakistan at the MCG. The pundits reflect on Jos Buttler's side's thumping win over India in the semi-finals before talking England's batting, Pakistan's bowling, captaincy, rain and if plans will already be in place in case a Super Over is required.

Nov 11, 2022
England vs India preview: Suryakumar Yadav's stunning form - and will Jos Buttler select an extra bowler?

Ian Ward, Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain look ahead to the T20 World Cup semi-final between England and India, discussing the 'incredible' Suryakumar Yadav and the reasons for his success, Jos Buttler and Alex Hales' opening partnership and whether England will consider picking an extra bowler at Adelaide Oval.

Nov 08, 2022
England vs Sri Lanka Preview: How will the pitch challenge England?

Ian Ward and Nasser Hussain look ahead to England’s T20 World Cup clash against Sri Lanka, following a brilliant victory over New Zealand. The pair also discuss all the big talking points from the tournament so far, including their thoughts on the captaincy of Jos Buttler.

Nov 03, 2022
England vs New Zealand Preview: Do England need to make changes?

Ian Ward, Simon Doull and Michael Atherton look ahead to England’s crunch clash against New Zealand, and all the big talking points from the T20 World Cup so far.

Oct 31, 2022
'England are the most in-form team at T20 World Cup'

Eoin Morgan and Ian Ward look ahead to England's T20 World Cup opener against Afghanistan on Saturday, discussing Reece Topley's tournament-ending injury, Alex Hales' reintegration and the strength of the side's death bowling. Former England skipper Morgan also explains how current captain Jos Buttler will be feeling on the eve of his team's first fixture.

Oct 21, 2022
T20 World Cup preview: Ben Stokes' role and who are tournament favourites?

Sky Sports Cricket's Ian Ward, Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton, plus CricViz's Freddie Wilde, preview the T20 World Cup, discussing England's selection dilemmas, Ben Stokes' role, if South Africa are dark horses and more.

Oct 10, 2022
England's 'pipeline of talent' | Michael Atherton chats to the ECB about the pathway for the next generation

Michael Atherton chats to Mo Bobat, the ECB's Performance Director for men's cricket, and David Court, the ECB's Player Identification Lead about the pathways for young talent and what goes into finding the next generation of world-class cricketers.

Sep 12, 2022
Sir Andrew Strauss discusses the principles of the high-performance review | 'We can't keep everyone happy'

Sir Andrew Strauss, Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Ian Ward and Kevin Pietersen discuss some of the recommendations put forward in the ECB high-performance review, with the principle foundation of 'how can Test cricket be protected from the rise of shorter formats'.

Sep 08, 2022
Rob Key backs high-performance review | 'We're trying to make a better system'

England's managing director of men's cricket, Rob Key, gives his thoughts on Sir Andrew Strauss' high-performance review into English cricket and their attempts to provide a better domestic structure for the game.

Aug 27, 2022
Graeme Smith on South Africa's new T20 league, the future of Test cricket and captaining the Proteas to world No 1

Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith joins Michael Atherton and Ian Ward to discuss the country's new T20 league, the future of Test cricket, his double century at Lord's in 2003 and leading the Proteas to the top of the Test rankings.

Aug 19, 2022
What should England’s domestic cricket structure look like?

Sir Andrew Strauss, who is chairing a high-performance review into English cricket, joins Michael Atherton to discuss the domestic structure, if the current schedule is unsustainable, and when is the ideal time for first-class matches to be played. Plus, is Test cricket under threat?

Aug 17, 2022
'I want to play all three formats': Jonny Bairstow exclusive interview

Jonny Bairstow talks to Sky Sports' Michael Atherton about the relentless schedule for the modern-day cricketer, but insists he wants to play all three formats for "as long as possible" despite Ben Stokes' recent retirement from the 50-over game.

Jul 22, 2022
Cut the number of Test teams? Is the 50-over game under threat? How to solve cricket's congested calendar

Eoin Morgan, Michael Atherton, Mark Butcher, Ravi Shastri and Shaun Pollock discuss the congested nature of the cricketing schedule and how things might change moving forward. Should the number of Test match teams be reduced? Is 50-over cricket under threat? Will there be fewer bilateral series?

Jul 22, 2022
Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid discuss faith, the Hajj pilgrimage and team-mate support

England stars Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid tell Eoin Morgan what their faith means to them and their families, explain why the Hajj pilgrimage is important and how their team-mates have embraced them.

Jul 19, 2022
'In the Zone' - Kevin Pietersen and Mark Butcher on sporting nirvana, in-form Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes' batting

Kevin Pietersen and Mark Butcher join Ian Ward to discuss what it feels like to be 'in the zone' as a sportsman, plus reflect on Jonny Bairstow's blistering Test form for England and whether captain Ben Stokes is 'devaluing his wicket' by batting so aggressively.

Jul 03, 2022
Eoin Morgan and the art of captaincy, Zak Crawley's continued struggles for form, and Moeen Ali's future

Sky Sports Cricket's Michael Atherton, Mark Butcher, Ravi Shastri and The Guardian's cricket correspondent Ali Martin look through the Sunday papers and, among other things, discuss what made Eoin Morgan such a good captain, Zak Crawley's continued struggles at the top of the order in Test cricket, and where might Moeen Ali be moving to as three clubs compete for his affection in county cricket?

Jul 02, 2022
England's 'Bazball' revolution, Azeem Rafiq's return to Headingley, and the future of Women's Test cricket

Sky Sports Cricket's Michael Atherton, Mark Butcher and Mel Jones and Press Association cricket correspondent Rory Dollard look through the Sunday papers, discussing England's 'Bazball revolution, Azeem Rafiq's return to Headingley for the first time since his claims of institutional racism at Yorkshire, England Women's Test match against South Africa and more.

Jun 26, 2022
'Ben Stokes just gets captaincy' - Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton on England skipper's tactics, mentality and instinct

With Ben Stokes having made a successful start as England captain, two men who used to do the job, Sky Sports' Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton, look at the all-rounder's tactical nous, cricketing instinct, emotional intelligence - and how long he should stay in the role.

Jun 25, 2022