10 ways to keep cricket entertainment going in Lockdown
The world has become a weird and different place. However, in this time of trouble let cricket guide you through it with our Top 10 recommendations for cricket fun in lockdown.
1. The Sky Sports Cricket Vodcast/Podcast
Led by the Sky Sports gang this vodcast/podcast offers insights into the world of cricket. All the usual presenters including Rob Key,Ian Ward,Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton host and each episode they introduce guests from the cricketing world. They also analyse and debate the big stories emerging from international and domestic cricket. As well as that there has been 90s specials, India specials and many more. The vodcast is viewable on the Sky Sports Cricket channel and occasionally on the YouTube channel as well. The podcast can be accessed by clicking this link or it can be found on usual podcast providers.
If you are looking for some loosely based cricket fun during lockdown then this is the podcast for you. Jimmy Anderson, Felix White of the Maccabees and Radio 1 breakfast show host Greg James unite and take over in this hilarious mis-mash of cricket, music and literally anything else. There are hilarious exchanges with Matchin Tendulkar (it's an inside joke) and different guests each episode. Tailenders is the perfect supplement to fulfil your cricketing needs and having seen them live I certainly recommend you give it a try. Tailenders is available on the BBC sounds app or by following this link.
3. CWC19 Final and the Headingley Miracle Highlights on YouTube
If you enjoyed the Easter Watchalong last weekend and you want to relive those special moments the triggered instant happiness then highlights of bothe games are available on YouTube now. For the Headingley miracle you can also re-watch the last hour of play and that partnership between Leach and Stokes.
4. Ashes 2005
Relive one of the closest series of all time. Watch on as England regain the ashes on home turf. A joyous scene that should never be forgotten. If you have a lot of time all of the channel 4 highlights from the full series are available on YouTube. Alternatively you can watch one of two documentaries which showcase the series in all its' glory. Either way you will be treated to England's mightiness in the best series ever.
5. The Test on Amazon Prime
Now this is a good one. A look behind enemy lines in a documentary which follows Australia as they try to recover in the wake of sandpaper gate. It takes an insightful look at the way that Australian Cricket works and follows their ‘redemption’. Admittedly for us England fans it will be hard to relive the agonising ashes defeat on home turf however it is interesting to see it Australia’s perspective. Plus, you get to see their reaction to the Headingley Miracle.It would be a lucrative move by the ECB to allow an English version of this series as it is popular and would help to raise the profile of the sport in general.
6.The ECB Youtube Channel
A classic. If you find yourself trudging through the internet trying to find cricket videos then this should be where you start. All Internationals, Vitality Blast, County Championship and One Day Games are covered on these channels. Plus there are classic cricket matches too. What more could you want?
The Edge is a compelling, funny and emotional insight into England's rise to the top from 2009 to 2013.It features insights from the likes of Anderson , Cook , Strauss , KP and Swann as it offers a reflection on England's rise to become the number one test team in the world. The Edge explores the ruthless intensity of the game, the impact it can have on players’ mental health and the extreme price of success. It is well worth a watch as it gives an insight into one of England's greatest teams.
8.The Analyst Inside Cricket
A Weekly insight into the cricket world from The Cricketer Magazine with Simon Hughes, The Analyst and Simon Mann. In the podcasts, both discuss cricket from an analytical perspective. Their insight is both informative and funny. Currently, due to the Corona Virus Pandemic and the lack of cricket, the boys are looking at the ground-breaking moments of cricket from the past. However, this is just as entertaining for any cricket fan looking for a blast from the past. The Analyst Inside Cricket is available from all good podcast providers and can be accessed here.
9.TMS podcast / Tuffers and Vaughn
How could we forget this one. The TMS gang offer a lovely podcast to supress your cricketing hunger. At the moment, every Monday catch Phil Tuffnell, Michael Vaughn and Mark Chapman on 5 Live at 8PM with great humour and brilliant cricketing discussion. If you miss any of those they are available in podcast form on BBC Sounds. Alternatively, to mark 40 years of View From The Boundary the TMS gang replay their favourites on the 40from40 podcast. Both are on the same link above.
Need some light relief? This is exactly right for you. 2 lads called Dan and Kez just
discussing cricket or having funny banter with each other. Series include Backyard Cricket, The Golden Duck Podcast,Cricket 19 battles and The Heated Debate. Well worth a watch if you need a laugh or want some fun cricketing entertainment back in your life. Their YouTube channel is available here and their podcast here.