The latest episode of Cricket Ultras reviews the latest from around the world, including the fast bowling rejuvenation of Mark Wood, Dale Steyn, Kemar Roach and Mitchell Starc. There's also time to blame the Big 3 for more of humanity's ills, a sighting of Shoaib Akhtar in Dubai, the BBL fan experience reviewed, and the World Cup run-up begins.
Plenty of cricket under the scanner in the latest edition of Cricket Ultras, including Australia's dominance of Sri Lanka, which finally featured some centurions for the home team. The Ultras trio also discuss Sri Lanka's continued descent into shambles, Tim Paine's new tossing method and India's ODI victory in NZ, before Toby Doman arrives to break down England's calamitous display against a resurgent West Indian cricket team. Thanks for listening!
The Cricket Ultras welcomes back Toby Doman to join Arun Sudhaman and Darren Burns as the trio round up India's historic series win over Australia, and Ravi Shastri's even more historic press conference. They also look at Australia's selectorial shenanigans, England's new coach, South Africa's thrashing of Pakistan and the Hardik Pandya scandal.
Our first episode of 2019 features a review of three big Boxing Day Test matches, as India, New Zealand and South Africa all triumph, leaving Australia and Pakistan — in particular — with plenty of questions to answers. There's also a discussion of Kerry O'Keefe's blundering comments on Fox Sports. To wrap up 2018, meanwhile, the Cricket Ultras unveil the inaugural Elite Honesty Awards, featuring recognition for the best players and teams of the year along with — of course — Muppet of the Year, and the best quotes from the 'Shastri-verse'.
Under the bright glare of the Cricket Ultras scanner this week are Test matches from Perth and Wellington, which saw Australia fight back to square their series, while Sri Lanka pulled off a famous match-saving effort. The duo also discuss the latest stump mic flashpoints, the Indian selectorial 'brains trust', the Steve Smith greenhouse tomato, Shanghai's curious win over Hong Kong, and much more. Happy Christmas everyone!
Ep 33: Ind & NZ win! Shastriballs, Tendulkar trolls, Fox vs ABC, NZ miss out, brotherly love & much more
A seminal week in cricket saw India win the first Test against Australia while New Zealand clinched a famous series victory over Pakistan. The Ultras review both in detail while also delving into Ravi Shastri's latest musings on life and sport, Tendulkar's sophisticated Twitter trolling, the relative merits of commentary on Fox Sports vs ABC and, indeed, a comparison of Nathan Lyon's brother vs Usman Khawaja's. And much more!
Cricket Ultras reviews a dramatic couple of weeks highlighted by the war of words that has broken out among ex-Australian cricketers and, separately, betweeen Mithali Raj and Ramesh Powar. The duo also preview the upcoming Aus-Ind Test series and review Pakistan's unsurprising Yasir-inspired turnaround, along with England's rather more rare whitewash.
Cricket Ultras previews the women's World T20 semi-finals before discussing the curious dynamic between Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli. They also review Pakistan's epic collapse against New Zealand, and England's excellent series win vs Sri Lanka, before turning their attention to the upcoming Australia v India series.
Australia's cricket turmoil is firmly under the spotlight this week as the Cricket Ultras podcast explore the latest departures with a level of 'elite honesty' that our listeners will no doubt find commendable. The duo also review England's encouraging first Test performance in Sri Lanka, including Ben Foakes' dream debut, Virat Kohli's misguided trolling, a new 360 bowling manoeuvre and a disastrous loss for Bangladesh.
The Cricket Ultras are back to review the review of Australia's cricketing culture, which has presented a damning indictment of Cricket Australia. Darren Burns and Arun Sudhaman also discuss Kohli's 10k ODI runs, the state of cricket admin in India, the legal woes facing Arjuna Ranatunga and the curious case of Joe Denly's international resurgence.