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Hit For Six
48 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
S3 E6 - World T20 Preview with Hundred Star Jake Lintott
The World T20 is finally here - a year later than originally planned and in a different part of the world! Michael and Rob are joined by Southern Brave and Warwickshire's Jake Lintott - fresh off his breakthrough Summer - to discuss the tournament, who the star players will be and who may end up as Champions.
32 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
S3 E5 - England vs India Wrap-up
Did India forfeit the final Test because they wanted to stay COVID free for the IPL? Should the series be declared a 2-2 draw? Michael and Rob dissect the controversial ending to the England India series, as well as pay tribute to Moeen Ali and reflect on Warwickshire's victorious end to the County Championship season.
39 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
S3 E4 - England vs India - Midseries Review!
After a two month hiatus, Michael and Rob are back to discuss England's series with India so far. There have been highs, lows, an agonising defeat, a dominant victory and a few bits of controversy to boot! Plenty for the pair to get stuck into after a couple of months apart.
32 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
S3 E3 - Defeat to the Black Caps, Robinson Tweets and the WTC Final
After a temporary hiatus, Michael and Rob are back to continue Series 3. In this episode they review England's disappointing series defeat to New Zealand, discuss the controversy around Ollie Robinson's suspension and briefly look ahead to the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand.
54 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
S3 E2 - England Cricket and Olympic Chaplain: Rev Andrew Wingfield-Digby
This week Michael and Rob are joined by former England Cricket and Olympic Chaplain Rev Andrew Wingfield-Digby. A fine cricketer in his own right, Andrew played first class cricket for Oxford University and the Combined Universities XI, and also captained Dorset in the Minor Counties Championship. He later went on to be a chaplain for the England Cricket team, as well as chaplain at three Olympic Games! All of this and more is recounted in a wide ranging interview, as the trio speak about the time he brought Minor Counties cricket into disrepute to how identity and sport interlink.
57 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
S3 E1 - County Cricket Matters Editor: Annie Chave
Lockdown 3.0 is slowly coming to an end, the county cricket season has started and Hit for Six is back for a third series! To kick things off, Rob and Michael are joined by County Cricket Matters Editor Annie Chave as they discuss the merits of the 4 day game, watching cricket alone and the Hundred.
49 minutes | Mar 13, 2021
S2 E13 - India Test Series Review
It all started so well... but alas it wasn't to be... England succumbed to a chastening 3-1 series defeat at the hands of India! To review it all, and look ahead to the T20 Series, Michael and Rob are joined by friend (and Indian fan) Jaimin Patel.
69 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
S2 E12 - TMS Commentator Daniel Norcross
This week Michael and Rob are joined by TMS commentator Daniel Norcross as they discuss England's ignominious defeat in Ahmedabad. Was it the pitch, the ball, good bowling or poor batting? How biased are the Indian commentators and is that a bad thing? Is the World Test Championship a worthy enterprise? And how did Daniel make it all the way from Test Match Sofa to Test Match Special? All this and much more is discussed in this wide-ranging conversation about the sport we all love.
50 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
S2 E11 - India vs England Mid-Series Review with Guardian Sports Writer Jonathan Liew
It's been an excellent series so far and with things evenly poised at 1-1, Michael and Rob are joined by Guardian Sports Writer and (Countdown Octochamp!) Jonathan Liew. They discuss who has shone for England, the dropping of Dom Bess, the poorly handled departure of Moeen Ali and much, much more!
35 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
S2 E10 - India vs England Series Preview
Michael and Rob are joined by Indian fan Jaimin as they look ahead to the 4 match Test Series between India and England.
37 minutes | Jan 31, 2021
S2 E9 - The Analyst: Simon Hughes
This week Michael and Rob are joined by former Middlesex fast bowler and cricket broadcasting legend Simon Hughes. They discuss Simon's autobiography (and Michael's favourite ever cricket book) "A Lot of Hard Yakka", how he came to be "The Analyst" for Channel 4's cricket coverage and the virtual cricket club he's been involved in during lockdown.
32 minutes | Jan 24, 2021
S2 E8 - An Australian’s take on India’s epic victory
It was one of the most remarkable Test Series victories of modern times. A depleted India side chasing over 300 on the final day at the Gabba to clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. But how has it gone down in Australia? Rob and Michael catch-up with Alex Brebner-Griffin, an Australian friend of theirs based in Melbourne, who gives his thoughts on it all.
74 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
S2 E7 - Middlesex Captain Steve Eskinazi (plus reaction to English and Indian wins at Galle and the Gabba!)
This week Michael and Rob chat with Middlesex batsman and red-ball captain Steve Eskinazi who spoke very openly about his journey to becoming a pro-cricketer, the thrilling finale to the 2016 season, and Middlesex's struggles since then. Of course, after the events at the Gabba in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the pair also have a quick dig at the Aussies, before reviewing England's first test win vs Sri Lanka.
27 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
S2 E6 - Controversy Down Under & England in Sri Lanka
No guest this week but still plenty for Michael and Rob to get their teeth into. India batting out for a gallant draw vs Australia in a controversy-laden game and England's upcoming Test against Sri Lanka are the topics for discussion in this lockdown antidote of an episode.
58 minutes | Jan 3, 2021
S2 E5 - BBC Cricket Journalist: Sam Sheringham
Michael and Rob are joined by current Stumped Podcast producer and former BBC Live Text writer Sam Sheringham. The trio chat about what makes the Live Text on BBC so successful, reminisce about the disastrous 2007 Cricket World Cup, and discuss the challenges of balancing the international cricketing calendar in a world of franchise T20 leagues.
59 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
S2 E4 - Lewis Hatchett: County Cricket and Yoga
Injuries, nerves, cricket and yoga - four things this week's guest knows all about! Michael and Rob are joined by former Sussex seamer Lewis Hatchett to hear about his remarkable journey to becoming a professional cricketer, and to find out how he hopes to help current athletes tackle both the physical and mental challenges of sporting competition.
73 minutes | Dec 13, 2020
S2 E3 - England in South Africa, COVID-19 and T20 vs Tests with Vithushan Ehantharajah
Michael and Rob chat with The Independent's sports writer Vithushan Ehantharajah. The death of print journalism, the hegemony of T20 franchise leagues, cricket's response to BLM and much, much more is covered in this fascinating discussion on Hit For Six.
45 minutes | Dec 6, 2020
S2 E2 - The TMS Producer: Adam Mountford
Episode 2 of the new series sees Michael and Rob speak to fellow University of Warwick alumni and TMS Producer Adam Mountford. Tales from the summer's International Cricket bubble, the lucky break that got him into broadcasting, and reflections on the free-to-air television debate are all served up in this lively and good-natured interview with the man who runs cricket radio broadcasting for the BBC!
55 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
S2 E1 - Paul Nixon
Hit for Six is BACK!! Michael and Rob catch-up with former England wicketkeeper and current Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Paul Nixon. They chat about Nico’s career, life as a county coach during lockdown and reflect on the future of the sport - including the challenges of match-fixing and corruption. Passionate about the game and always up for a laugh Nico also has a couple of cracking anecdotes to lift any mid-winter blues.
33 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
S1 E21 - Reflections on a unique summer of cricket
It certainly wasn't the summer we were expecting but, despite the Coronavirus pandemic, it's been a fine summer of cricket to reflect back on! In this penultimate episode of the season, Rob and Michael pick over England's disappointing series defeat to Australia before discussing their player and moment of the summer, and briefly previewing the Bob Willis Trophy Final between Somerset and Essex.
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