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227. V600 for Vendetta, with Dan Christian, Steve Eskinazi and Linny
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227. V600 for Vendetta, with Dan Christian, Steve Eskinazi and Linny
The cricket industrial complex rolls on mercilessly, dragging our tired minds and eyes with it, so it’s a BUMPER show this week. Higgos takes an overdue breather, so Pez steps in with guest co-host Ed "Ted" Cowan. The Aussie women annihilate Pakistan, Ash Gardner speaks up about Australia Day, Smith’s doing savant stuff, Dan Christian and Steve Eskinazi join the show, Cricket NSW is a DISGRACE according to reports, Shubman Gill goes white ball daddy, David Cameron watches Alex Hales tonne up at the Sheikh Zayed, Root does something in South Africa, Bored Apes hack RCB Twitter, West Indies cricket may cease to exist as an entity, AskTGC ponders whether or not WinViz is “nonce gear”, and Michael Clarke limps his way into a story that not even a Chat GPT, super robot could produce for the Daily Mail. We have only ever been able to cover the bizarre breadth of this strange, strange game with the support of one of Australia’s best fledgling brands – Budgy Smuggler. But this show is a fond farewell to that friend. After five years of sterling support, Budgy Smuggler and TGC bids farewell to one another. We catch up with CEO Adam Linforth to express our thanks properly, and to celebrate our fruitful association, Linny is throwing 20% off the entire range of Budgy Smuggler to the end of the month if you simply enter the code “RIG”. On that note, if you want to chat about being this podcast’s presenting sponsor, get in touch with us at gradecricketer@gmail.com Watto at T20 Stars is backing you, too. Sorry about the value. Get onto T20stars.com to satisfy your proclivities. Get TGC hoodies, t-shirts, caps, and bucket hats at our brand spanking new website: gradecricketer.com/shop. Sign up to Patreon for a 10% or 20% discount using a special code at patreon.com/gradecricketer Check out our Patreon for exclusive content every single week at https://www.patreon.com/gradecricketer including #AskTGC Fridays and the exclusive audio from all of our YouTube videos.  We are delighted to once again link up with Ponting Wines. Use the code GETAFEW at pontingwines.com.au for 20% off! You can follow The Grade Cricketer on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/gradecricketer https://www.instagram.com/thegradecricketer/ https://twitter.com/gradecricketer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
226. Future of Cricket Stuff, with Todd Greenberg
16-01-2023
226. Future of Cricket Stuff, with Todd Greenberg
We get 45 minutes with “Players’ Boss” Todd Greenberg this week, to traverse the Afghanistan situation, the future of cricket, broadcast rights, Warner, and everything else other executives don’t seem to want to talk about. Elsewhere, India and Australia announce their squads, the Amazon Doc dropped with some incredible, as-yet unreported revelations, the BBL vibe remains strong-if-cartoonish, Meg Lanning’s back, and AskTGC ponders which cricketer best represents ones chop style. Budgy has both us and you covered wherever you are the world. There’s a new drop of gear across underwear, party shirts, Christmas jumpers, golf wear, stubbies, bucket hats. All new, for you, at budgysmuggler.com(.au) Watto at T20 Stars is backing you, too. Sorry about the value. Use the promocode xmas25 for 25% of all stock at their sterling website. Get TGC hoodies, t-shirts, caps, and bucket hats at our brand spanking new website: gradecricketer.com/shop. Sign up to Patreon for a 10% or 20% discount using a special code at patreon.com/gradecricketer Check out our Patreon for exclusive content every single week at https://www.patreon.com/gradecricketer including #AskTGC Fridays and the exclusive audio from all of our YouTube videos.  We are delighted to once again link up with Ponting Wines. Use the code GETAFEW at pontingwines.com.au for 20% off! You can follow The Grade Cricketer on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/gradecricketer https://www.instagram.com/thegradecricketer/ https://twitter.com/gradecricketer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
225. Greatest Summer Ever
09-01-2023
225. Greatest Summer Ever
A drab draw closes out the Test summer, and we’re asking: what the fuck was that? Sure Australia destroyed all-comers, passing records and milestones with frightening ease - but why couldn’t they deliver this specific thing exactly as we wanted it? And why did Cummins declare on Khawaja? The reason will shock you (he wanted to win). Elsewhere, there’s a bit of money knocking about for the TV rights, but not as much as last time, and apparently CA and 7 are - in executive parlance - “all good”. The BBL is trending up for the first time in years, helped by contentious catches, Mankads, and Chris Lynn topping the charts. But he’s gone to some other league now. Normal. Pakistan and New Zealand play a riveting Test match before the umpires decided, “nah, can’t have that”, and SKY equals the Czech Republic’s Sabawoon Divizi’s 3 T20i tonnes v Sri Lanka. Congratulations, SKY. #AskTGC is about taking women on dates to an indoor cricket centre, and, frankly, drinking problems. Budgy has both us and you covered wherever you are the world. There’s a new drop of gear across underwear, party shirts, Christmas jumpers, golf wear, stubbies, bucket hats. All new, for you, at budgysmuggler.com(.au) Watto at T20 Stars is backing you, too. Sorry about the value. Use the promocode xmas25 for 25% of all stock at their sterling website. Get TGC hoodies, t-shirts, caps, and bucket hats at our brand spanking new website: gradecricketer.com/shop. Sign up to Patreon for a 10% or 20% discount using a special code at patreon.com/gradecricketer Check out our Patreon for exclusive content every single week at https://www.patreon.com/gradecricketer including #AskTGC Fridays and the exclusive audio from all of our YouTube videos.  We are delighted to once again link up with Ponting Wines. Use the code GETAFEW at pontingwines.com.au for 20% off! You can follow The Grade Cricketer on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/gradecricketer https://www.instagram.com/thegradecricketer/ https://twitter.com/gradecricketer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
224. Bucket On Your Bonce, with Matt Short & Alex Malcolm
30-12-2022
224. Bucket On Your Bonce, with Matt Short & Alex Malcolm
Is this good or is this the end? Boxing Day delight for the Aussies as we bury our head in the sand like an emu that can't walk backwards. How good's the COAT of arms? What does this mean for the SCG? Can we get a new toy to fuck around with? Something new for the eyes would be nice. Alex Malcolm is in studio to give us some actual analytics and analysis of what cricketers and high performers do. That's before we get into glory holes and how to improve the Big Bash. Matt Short joins us from Adelaide before training to tell us about Rashid Khan's sledging. Pakistan and New Zealand are both batting forever in Karachi. The IPL auction also gets a run, because money is all that matters and it's the biggest flex the IPL and BCCI can give. Fair bit of bunce kicking about to be fair. #AskTGC is about Skull and namedrops several other hall of famers. Budgy has both us and you covered wherever you are the world. There’s a new drop of gear across underwear, party shirts, Christmas jumpers, golf wear, stubbies, bucket hats. All new, for you, at budgysmuggler.com(.au) Watto at T20 Stars is backing you, too. Sorry about the value. Use the promocode xmas25 for 25% of all stock at their sterling website. Get TGC hoodies, t-shirts, caps, and bucket hats at our brand spanking new website: gradecricketer.com/shop. Sign up to Patreon for a 10% or 20% discount using a special code at patreon.com/gradecricketer Check out our Patreon for exclusive content every single week at https://www.patreon.com/gradecricketer including #AskTGC Fridays and the exclusive audio from all of our YouTube videos.  We are delighted to once again link up with Ponting Wines. Use the code GETAFEW at pontingwines.com.au for 20% off! You can follow The Grade Cricketer on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/gradecricketer https://www.instagram.com/thegradecricketer/ https://twitter.com/gradecricketer   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
222. Fill Your Boots
13-12-2022
222. Fill Your Boots
It was absolute boot-filling stuff against the West Indies, but now it's 1 vs 2 in the WTC table against South Africa. Brisbane is sold out, then it's Christmas and then it's New Year. David Warner's leadership ban remains, in yet another ugly chapter in the whole, sad debacle. The Big Bash starts today. Is that good? Maybe it's good. Daniel Brettig joins us in studio to discuss Mike Baird becoming the new Chair of Cricket Australia. What does that mean for the average internet user? Ali Martin joins us on a dodgy internet connection from Pakistan (or maybe that was Melbourne's fault) to tell us how amazing this 2-0 series lead has been. Jimmy Anderson is good, Stokes is good, Harry Brook is generational.... but what does it mean for the real series against 'out boys'? The Australia women lose their first match this year, so we completely disown them, as should Indian fans of their team, after yet another series loss in 2022. This time, to Bangladesh. #AskTGC comes in from a very confused father. Budgy has both us and you covered wherever you are the world. There’s a new drop of gear across underwear, party shirts, Christmas jumpers, golf wear, stubbies, bucket hats. All new, for you, at budgysmuggler.com(.au) Watto at T20 Stars is backing you, too. Sorry about the value. Use the promocode xmas25 for 25% of all stock at their sterling website. Get TGC hoodies, t-shirts, caps, and bucket hats at our brand spanking new website: gradecricketer.com/shop. Sign up to Patreon for a 10% or 20% discount using a special code at patreon.com/gradecricketer Check out our Patreon for exclusive content every single week at https://www.patreon.com/gradecricketer including #AskTGC Fridays and the exclusive audio from all of our YouTube videos.  We are delighted to once again link up with Ponting Wines. Use the code GETAFEW at pontingwines.com.au for 20% off! You can follow The Grade Cricketer on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/gradecricketer https://www.instagram.com/thegradecricketer/ https://twitter.com/gradecricketer   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
221. Why No One There, Why No One Care, with The Caribbean Cricket Podcast
05-12-2022
221. Why No One There, Why No One Care, with The Caribbean Cricket Podcast
“Forget the scorecard,” advises Viru. Well, we can’t. Marnus tripled, Smudge doubled red, Gareth took six and Australia (essentially) cantered. It’s all we asked for, but is it enough? Of course not. So fresh, raw meat is mooted in Adelaide, in the form Lance Morris – all sunken eyes, Dieter Brummer salad – because we demand more. Or maybe it doesn’t matter, because Cummins took a knee. No wonder he did he quad. In Rawalpindi, the To and Froms are legitimately revolutionising the game, but will naivety cost them? And is it Test Championship 2’s? Private Equity wants The Hundred, but Thommo won’t get out of bed unless there a couple bil. Bangladesh knock over India in dramatic circumstances in some game or other, our women head to India next week, and AskTGC traverses LBW noncery via an inquisitive little cherub, as well as a two-piecer monstrosity from some wine bin stuff in South Australia.  Budgy has both us and you covered wherever you are the world. There’s a new drop of gear across underwear, party shirts, Christmas jumpers, golf wear, stubbies, bucket hats. All new, for you, at budgysmuggler.com(.au) Watto at T20 Stars is backing you, too. Sorry about the value. Use the promocode xmas25 for 25% of all stock at their sterling website. Get TGC hoodies, t-shirts, caps, and bucket hats at our brand spanking new website: gradecricketer.com/shop. Sign up to Patreon for a 10% or 20% discount using a special code at patreon.com/gradecricketer Check out our Patreon for exclusive content every single week at https://www.patreon.com/gradecricketer including #AskTGC Fridays and the exclusive audio from all of our YouTube videos.  We are delighted to once again link up with Ponting Wines. Use the code GETAFEW at pontingwines.com.au for 20% off! You can follow The Grade Cricketer on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/gradecricketer https://www.instagram.com/thegradecricketer/ https://twitter.com/gradecricketer   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
220. Burning For Love
28-11-2022
220. Burning For Love
Isn’t it beautiful when blokes just care? Once again our golden generation bails us out of cricketing dystopia in ways “everyday” Australians understand. Forget our systemic sleepwalk into decline, what we really want to know is: who is the alpha? The answer is neither Cummins nor JL, and may surprise you. Elsewhere, blokes continue the eternal quest for social capital, but this time they’re thieving real capital (allegedly), according to Victoria Police. In the old days, focused work on the chest and triceps would do the trick. Nowadays you apparently need bulk sheets to be loved. Separately, Chris Gayle made 95 red in some wheelie bin shit in Dandenong. The PMs XI played, numbers were ascribed to names, and we refuse to know anything about the West Indies. The Strikers are WBBL champions after the Sixers crumbled, begging the question: was there simply too much sun? At least the Sixers still engender safety - the NSW men are weaker than ever and we argue the nation should be concerned. Other countries are playing some cricket, too, and they’re given due respect on this show (about 90 seconds), before the show eventually gives way to material that matters: what strategies exist for minors in team tubs when there’s a bloke called “Felly”? Get TGC hoodies, t-shirts, caps, and bucket hats at our brand spanking new website: gradecricketer.com/shop. Sign up to Patreon for a 10% or 20% discount using a special code at patreon.com/gradecricketer Check out our Patreon for exclusive content every single week at https://www.patreon.com/gradecricketer including #AskTGC Fridays and the exclusive audio from all of our YouTube videos.  For the first time ever, Budgy Smuggler will be hosting a site wide discount. ● 20% off all orders of $200 or more ● Runs from 9am Monday 21st of November and ends Midnight Monday 28th November ● 5x $100 Golden Ticket Vouchers drawn randomly each day. The Smuggling Community is going to be all over this - so get on board while it’s hot. The team at T20 Stars is offering a Black Friday sale with 30% off on all of the T20 Stars range online at t20stars.com. The promo to use is BlackFriday30. Unbelievable value! Also, for every order over $100 the customer will receive a complimentary Shane Watson signed cricket ball. We are delighted to once again link up with Ponting Wines. Use the code GETAFEW at pontingwines.com.au for 20% off! The boys are of course dressed by Budgy Smuggler, too (in some way, shape or form). You can follow The Grade Cricketer on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/gradecricketer https://www.instagram.com/thegradecricketer/ https://twitter.com/gradecricketer   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
219. Symphony of A Run Out, with Glenn Maxwell
22-11-2022
219. Symphony of A Run Out, with Glenn Maxwell
We start this week with a full dissection of a run out at the non-striker's end in sub-district cricket in Melbourne. Australia have won an ODI series against Drunk England 3s, but is the team winning HARD enough? Steve Smith has found his hands again, though not the captain's armband. Dave Warner's leadership ban is set to be lifted and the WBBL is getting into the business end, but do we like the helmets? Suryakumar Yadav is doing some absolutely wild stuff in New Zealand, not that Virat Kohli saw it. Glenn Maxwell is on the show to tell us about how he broke his leg and what he's been watching on TV since the incident. And #AskTGC takes us into bed with a young Irishman on the eve of graduating uni, watching his countrymen defeat England. Does it get any better than this? Get TGC hoodies, t-shirts, caps, and bucket hats at our brand spanking new website: gradecricketer.com/shop. Sign up to Patreon for a 10% or 20% discount using a special code at patreon.com/gradecricketer This episode is brought to you by Budgy Smuggler. Buddy are about to release a new line of underwear! Use the code ALPHA for 20% off your order! You can get free shipping on your order by using the code 'CHAMP' at https://www.budgysmuggler.com.au  Check out our Patreon for exclusive content every single week at https://www.patreon.com/gradecricketer including #AskTGC Fridays and the exclusive audio from all of our YouTube videos.  For the first time ever, Budgy Smuggler will be hosting a site wide discount. ● 20% off all orders of $200 or more ● Runs from 9am Monday 21st of November and ends Midnight Monday 28th November ● 5x $100 Golden Ticket Vouchers drawn randomly each day. The Smuggling Community is going to be all over this - so get on board while it’s hot. The team at T20 Stars is offering a Black Friday sale with 30% off on all of the T20 Stars range online at t20stars.com. The promo to use is BlackFriday30. Unbelievable value! Also, for every order over $100 the customer will receive a complimentary Shane Watson signed cricket ball. We are delighted to once again link up with Ponting Wines. Use the code GETAFEW at pontingwines.com.au for 20% off! The boys are of course dressed by Budgy Smuggler, too (in some way, shape or form). You can follow The Grade Cricketer on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/gradecricketer https://www.instagram.com/thegradecricketer/ https://twitter.com/gradecricketer   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
217. It's Park Cricket, Mate, with Ed Cowan & Barney Ronay
07-11-2022
217. It's Park Cricket, Mate, with Ed Cowan & Barney Ronay
They're calling it the best World Cup ever but Australia is out and no one cares about it anyway.... unless you like T20 in which case it is absolutely sensational. Australia is out of the tournament, so what does this mean for the future of the sport in this country. Ed Cowan helps us out with these big issues and also signals that the start of the summer must be approaching. South Africa submit a new entry into their pantheon of great World Cup chokes. Wonder what Tony Greig was like as a bloke. Barney Ronay joins us to give the English perspective. Is Sam Curran good? Is the nation preparing for open bus tours? #AskTGC pontificates the 'champing' of Piers Morgan by Donald Trump. Get TGC hoodies, t-shirts, caps, and bucket hats at our brand spanking new website: gradecricketer.com/shop. Sign up to Patreon for a 10% or 20% discount using a special code at patreon.com/gradecricketer This episode is brought to you by Budgy Smuggler. Buddy are about to release a new line of underwear! Use the code ALPHA for 20% off your order! You can get free shipping on your order by using the code 'CHAMP' at https://www.budgysmuggler.com.au  Check out our Patreon for exclusive content every single week at https://www.patreon.com/gradecricketer including #AskTGC Fridays and the exclusive audio from all of our YouTube videos.  The team at T20 Stars are the most innovative cricket kit wranglers in the business, and they’re offering a 15% discount on all T20 Stars bats, balls and protective wear - simply use the code TGC15 at t20stars.com We are delighted to once again link up with Ponting Wines. Use the code GETAFEW at pontingwines.com.au for 20% off! The boys are of course dressed by Budgy Smuggler, too (in some way, shape or form). You can follow The Grade Cricketer on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/gradecricketer https://www.instagram.com/thegradecricketer/ https://twitter.com/gradecricketer   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
216. Rainy Season
01-11-2022
216. Rainy Season
The World Cup is absolutely ruthless and so is the weather. It's all to play for as we head into the second week of round fixtures. Do New Zealand have a loss in them? Can Australia overturn their NRR? How did England lose to Ireland? South Africa is doing something good and Pakistan is out. Far Du Plessis describes the culture of the dressing room when he first started playing and we discuss a few eye-catching quotes from Tim Paine's new book too. #AskTGC asks what's going on with MyCricket and PlayHQ. It's all very serious stuff. Get TGC hoodies, t-shirts, caps, and bucket hats at our brand spanking new website: gradecricketer.com/shop. Sign up to Patreon for a 10% or 20% discount using a special code at patreon.com/gradecricketer This episode is brought to you by Budgy Smuggler. Buddy are about to release a new line of underwear! Use the code ALPHA for 20% off your order! You can get free shipping on your order by using the code 'CHAMP' at https://www.budgysmuggler.com.au  Check out our Patreon for exclusive content every single week at https://www.patreon.com/gradecricketer including #AskTGC Fridays and the exclusive audio from all of our YouTube videos.  The team at T20 Stars are the most innovative cricket kit wranglers in the business, and they’re offering a 15% discount on all T20 Stars bats, balls and protective wear - simply use the code TGC15 at t20stars.com We are delighted to once again link up with Ponting Wines. Use the code GETAFEW at pontingwines.com.au for 20% off! The boys are of course dressed by Budgy Smuggler, too (in some way, shape or form). You can follow The Grade Cricketer on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/gradecricketer https://www.instagram.com/thegradecricketer/ https://twitter.com/gradecricketer   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
214. World Cup Fever, with Reece Topley
16-10-2022
214. World Cup Fever, with Reece Topley
The World Cup is finally here and TGC kicks it off with possibly the loosest show since the last World Cup. Who are the favourites? Is Che La Luna the song of the summer? Will Warner ever captain again? Can Western Australia go all the way after their win over India? What's New Zealand up to? Bharat Sundaresan makes his TGC debut from a seedy hotel in Hobart to give us his insights into his net-relationship with Steve Smith and Reece Topley lets us know of his love affair with Australia, mullets, taking 6/24 at Lord's and the low-down on his current Uber rating. #AskTGC takes us into the urinals at Manuka Oval in the nation's capital and also when sledging a kid's dead dad goes wrong. Get TGC hoodies, t-shirts, caps, and bucket hats at our brand spanking new website: gradecricketer.com/shop. Sign up to Patreon for a 10% or 20% discount using a special code at patreon.com/gradecricketer This episode is brought to you by Budgy Smuggler. You can get free shipping on your order by using the code 'CHAMP' at https://www.budgysmuggler.com.au  Check out our Patreon for exclusive content every single week at https://www.patreon.com/gradecricketer including #AskTGC Fridays and the exclusive audio from all of our YouTube videos.  The team at T20 Stars are the most innovative cricket kit wranglers in the business, and they’re offering a 15% discount on all T20 Stars bats, balls and protective wear - simply use the code TGC15 at t20stars.com If you’re interested in the Merv’s Masters Tour, head to cricketcoaching.com.au for more info, and mention TGC when you email them for a free baggy green when you join the tour. The boys are of course dressed by Budgy Smuggler, too (in some way, shape or form). You can follow The Grade Cricketer on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/gradecricketer https://www.instagram.com/thegradecricketer/ https://twitter.com/gradecricketer   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices