It’s already episode three of the Cricket Badger World Cup podcast. How time flies when the bails don’t.
James Buttler, the Cricket Badger, is joined again by Cricket 365’s Oli Fisher and cricket journalist Aakash Sivasubramaniam to pick out their favourite moments from the second week of the Cricket World Cup 2019.
The trio will be back every week throughout the tournament to assess the action just gone and make their predictions on the week ahead.
In this third episode they pick their top batsman, top bowler and Champagne moment from week one. They discuss the bails that don’t come off, Virat Kohli’s defence of Steve Smith, umpiring standards and come up with some methods to help the officials do their job.
There is a competitive element to this podcast with units being staked on the bookies prices for each market and five units for each match pick. The winner at the end of the World Cup will be able to make a donation to the charity of his choice.
Gamble responsibly and we will see you next week! Enjoy the cricket!
Smith underwent a “precautionary scan” of his neck that thankfully had not revealed any structural damage.
“I think it was important that we bounced back strongly after Edgbaston and I think we’ve certainly done that.”
Jofra Archer has changed the mood if not the scoreline.
Steve Smith out, Marnus Labuschagne in.
Woakes enjoyed Archer v Smith just as much as the rest of us.
The marquee might read England v Australia, but we all know it’s Steve Smith v Jofra Archer
Thankfully, Smith appears to have suffered no lasting damage.
Olly Stone has been ruled out of the rest of the season with a partial lower back stress fracture.
It’ll take a superb spell of bowling or a shambolic batting collapse for either side to win from here.
Click to see Steve Smith’s ‘cat on a hot tin roof’ impression.