The Spin podcast

The Spin podcast
The Guardian’s cricket podcast – captained by cricket writer Emma John alongside The Spin team of Guardian sports journalists, cricket-loving comedians and the most interesting cricket fans we can find. Sharing the highs and lows from an epic summer of cricket including the World Cup, The Ashes, T20 Blast, and County Championship. Mixing the sheer pace of journalism with the back-of-the-hand variations of comedy and absurdity. Subscribe so you never miss one

Was this cricket’s best summer ever? – The Spin Podcast
Sep 30 • 61 min
Emma John is joined by Harry Judd, Eleanor Oldroyd, Colin Salmon and Andy Zaltzman to review the incredible summer of cricket. The panel relive some of their favourite memories from the World Cup and the Ashes before pulling stumps and officially calling…
In conversation with Vic Marks – The Spin Podcast Special
Sep 29 • 51 min
In this special episode of The Spin, Emma John travels to Taunton to sit down with the Guardian’s cricket correspondent Vic Marks and chat about his playing career with Somerset, touring with England, and 30 years in the press box
Will Essex (or rain) spoil Somerset’s party? The Spin podcast hits Taunton
Sep 25 • 40 min
For the final round of the County Championship, Emma John is joined in Taunton by Dan Norcross and Vish Ehantharajah. Retiring Somerset legend Marcus Trescothick and cricket’s new cult hero Jack Leach stop by for a chat.
The Ashes after show party – The Spin podcast
Sep 16 • 44 min
Emma John presents a special show from The Oval to celebrate the end of the series. She’s joined by Daniel Norcross, Alison Mitchell, Barney Ronay, Geoff Lemon, Melinda Farrell, Jarrod Kimber and poet Zaffar Kunial. The Ashes series was drawn 2-2, but…
David Gower on nicknames, Boycott and the final Ashes Test – The Spin podcast
Sep 11 • 36 min
Former England cricket captain David Gower joins Emma John prior to the final Ashes Test of the summer. Regular guests Andy Bull and Charlie Baker will also answer some of the big questions raised by England’s failure to impress in the longer format of…
Steve Smith v England: Australia retain the Ashes - The Spin podcast
Sep 9 • 47 min
Emma John’s dreams of the perfect summer of cricket are over as Australia have retained the Ashes. Joining Emma on this episode Adam Collins, Vithushan Ehantarajah and Steen Raskopoulos are on hand to work out where it all went wrong for England, and look…
Outrageous Ashes predictions and Super League’s final final – The Spin podcast
Sep 3 • 54 min
Emma John is joined by Dan Norcross and Aatif Nawaz to discuss what will happen next in this dramatic summer of cricket. The panel also review the final Kia Super League final and speak to a record-breaking club captain. Plus there are guest appearances…
Ben Stokes v Australia: a Headingley miracle – The Spin podcast
Aug 27 • 50 min
Emma John is joined by Charlie Baker, Tim de Lisle and Felicity Ward to discuss the miracle of Headingley ‘19. Was this Ashes-saving innings better than Botham’s at the same venue and does it gloss over England’s 67 all out? Plus, The Spin launches its…
Jofra leads England’s bounce back & Pavel Florin’s secret power – The Spin Podcast
Aug 19 • 52 min
Emma John is joined by Geoff Lemon, Prasanna Puwanarajah and Max Rushden to discuss the dramatic second Test of the men’s Ashes series. England still trail Australia 1-0, but thanks to Jofra Archer’s explosive debut momentum has shifted. Plus, what to…
Celeb watching at Lord’s, Olympic cricket and Steve Smith on Strictly – The Spin podcast
Aug 13 • 43 min
Emma John is joined by Adam Collins, Andy Bull and Bharat Sundaresan to preview the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. Plus, as the 2019 series Strictly Come Dancing doesn’t include any cricketers - who should have swapped the Dukes ball for the glitter ball?
Steve Smith’s hundreds, England women’s consolation and Pavel Florin – The Spin podcast
Aug 6 • 54 min
Emma John is joined by Adam Collins, comedian Felicity Ward and broadcaster Toby Tarrant to look back at Australia’s victory in the first Ashes Test, which featured a historic brace of centuries from crowd villain Steve Smith. They also discuss odd…
The Ashes, pronouncing Labuschagne and nuns at the cricket – The Spin podcast
Jul 30 • 51 min
Host Emma John is joined by Vic Marks and Geoff Lemon to preview the men’s Ashes series. Plus they discuss Ireland’s historic first Test at Lord’s, Australia’s dominance in the women’s Ashes and pick their fancy dress outfits for the Eric Hollies Stand
Ireland at Lord’s, Women’s Ashes and Jason Roy’s birthday – The Spin podcast
Jul 22 • 44 min
Mark Butcher, Barry Glendenning and Andy Zaltzman join Emma John to discuss Ireland’s historic first Test match at Lord’s, Australia’s women retaining the Ashes, and why cricket is better than football
World Cup feedback forms: fans, forced fun and fab fielding – The Spin podcast
Jul 17 • 43 min
Emma John presents the second part of our World Cup celebration. Aatif Nawaz, Barney Douglas and Bharat Sundaresan nominate some other contenders for Player of the Tournament and fill in their feedback forms for the ICC. Plus Barney talks about his new…
Super England, super Stokes and super overs – The Spin podcast
Jul 16 • 68 min
England are World Cup winners. In the first part of this special two-part episode Emma John is joined by Aatif Nawaz, Barney Douglas, Bharat Sundaresan & Daniel Norcross to relive the incredible drama and tension of the World Cup final
England are in the final, rock star cricketers and Finch’s bubblegum – The Spin podcast
Jul 11 • 40 min
Tim De Lisle and McFly’s Harry Judd join Emma John to discuss England’s thrashing of Australia and the incredible two-day ODI between New Zealand and India – and to crown the commentator of the World Cup
World Cup semis, Ashes annihilation and Corbyn pads up – The Spin podcast
Jul 8 • 38 min
After 45 games of this World Cup we’ve reached the knockouts. A host of guests including Simon Doull, Ali Martin and Adam Collins preview the semi-finals. Plus Andy Bull and Raf Nicholson join Emma John to discuss England’s Women’s disastrous start to The…
England qualify for the semi-finals … plus panto catches - The Spin podcast
Jul 4 • 49 min
Emma John is joined by TMS commentator Daniel Norcross, author Marcus Berkmann and actor Prasanna Puwanarajah to discuss England’s progress to the World Cup semi-finals. Plus they pick their favourite theatrical moments from the competition and catch-up…
The Women’s Ashes, a baseball invasion and Steve Smith’s neck – The Spin podcast
Jul 2 • 41 min
Barney Ronay and Charlie Baker join presenter Emma John to discuss England’s victory over India. Plus we reflect on the arrival of baseball during the World Cup and the start of the Women’s Ashes series
Archer and Roy for the Ashes? And thank you Marcus Trescothick – The Spin podcast
Jun 28 • 35 min
Miles Jupp and Jamie Theakston join Emma John to preview England’s game with India. They also consider if any of the ODI squad have improved their Ashes chances, which players’ body parts could be combined to make the ultimate cricketer and say thank you…
England down but not out, and Carlos Brathwaite: The Movie – The Spin Podcast
Jun 26 • 39 min
Geoff Lemon and comedian Felicity Ward join Emma John to discuss England’s third loss of their World Cup campaign at the hands of Aaron Finch’s side. Plus, cricket’s best bromances and Emma gets excited about the best game so far
England’s Headingley horror show and perils of leaving early – The Spin Podcast
Jun 21 • 24 min
Simon Burnton and comedian Charlie Baker join Emma John to discuss England’s shock loss to Sri Lanka. Plus: arousing cricket books, Gary Pratt’s shirt and aluminium bats. And, why you should never leave a game before it’s finished.
A century of sixes and Eoin Morgan for prime minister – The Spin podcast
Jun 18 • 35 min
Adam Collins, Andy Parsons and Tez Ilyas join Emma John to discuss Eoin Morgan’s record-breaking innings against Afghanistan. Plus: which supposedly star-players are underperforming in the first half of this World Cup? And which member of the England team…
England win again, rain delays and autocorrect v cricket – The Spin podcast
Jun 14 • 38 min
Geoff Lemon, Ian Moore and Kamila Shamsie join Emma John to discuss England’s victory over West Indies. Plus: is there a better way of deciding the outcome of matches abandoned due to rain? Who are the early contenders for player of the tournament? And…
Stubborn bails, Warner’s go-slow and an apology to Jason Roy – The Spin podcast
Jun 11 • 42 min
Ali Martin, Anjali Doshi and Felicity Ward join Emma John to discuss England’s win against Bangladesh and India’s clash with Australia. Plus: are flashing bails just the latest in a long string of fads? And the ultimate cricket-themed high street. Can you…
Duck eggs, irritating noises, and why cricket was better in the 90s – The Spin podcast
Jun 7 • 39 min
Emma John, Rob Eastaway and Jon Harvey discuss who’s made an impression in the World Cup so far, demystify some of cricket’s oddities and decide what’s the most irritating noise to be sat next to during a game
England’s shock loss, cricket feuds and scoring with pasta – The Spin podcast
Jun 4 • 42 min
Emma John is joined by Vic Marks and comedian Charlie Baker to talk about Pakistan’s unexpected World Cup win over England at Trent Bridge, a shortage of scorers and how to make your team less popular
Ben Stokes’s ‘catch of the century’ and The Hundred names – The Spin podcast
May 31 • 35 min
Emma John is joined by Tom Davies, comedian James Sherwood and Rakesh Patel from Indian supporters’ group the Bharat Army to discuss that catch from Ben Stokes, a grey and dull World Cup opening ceremony on The Mall, and to suggest some alternative names…
Boos, hairbands and Cricket World Cup predictions – The Spin podcast
May 28 • 45 min
Emma John is joined by Vic Marks, Geoff Lemon and Sonali Shah to look back at a busy weekend of cricket and look ahead with their predictions for the big hitters of the Cricket World Cup
All hail King Jofra! Welcome to the summer of cricket – The Spin podcast
May 24 • 37 min
Emma John is joined by Guardian writer Andy Bull, comedian James Sherwood and Surrey Stars and England all-rounder Bryony Smith in the first episode of our new cricket podcast.
Coming soon: The Spin cricket podcast
May 23 • 1 min
Introducing a brand new cricket podcast from The Guardian, hosted by Emma John. Like any England fan who grew up with England in the 90s, Emma is a natural pessimist. So she’s finding it hard to deal with England being the favourites to win both the World…