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Cricket is great if you're into things like wasted youth, failed relationships, sun damage and broken dreams. A weekly show featuring news, views and interviews with major names from across the cricket scene.

The Grade Cricketer Sam Perry, Ian Higgins, Dave Edwards

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Cricket is great if you're into things like wasted youth, failed relationships, sun damage and broken dreams. A weekly show featuring news, views and interviews with major names from across the cricket scene.

    116. Season Finale, with Justin Langer and Aaron Finch

    116. Season Finale, with Justin Langer and Aaron Finch

    We commence our farewell to the season in the only way we know how: by discussing safety, Fathers, MyCricket and Shane Warne. That's all before Justin Langer is finally granted the privilege of joining our fair show, whereupon he muses on his early club cricket forays with Dennis Lillee, kicking over the bin at Headingley, TikTok with his daughters, players he thought were knobs but turned out okay, and the pandemic-inducing destruction of professional sport as we know it. All normal stuff.

    Aaron Finch follows, and we wisely use that time to walk through WhatsApp politics, his axing at the hands of Fox Sports, and how to correctly 'blow up' post-dismissal when an Amazon camera is filming you, among other things.

    AskTGC has questions about the definition of veteran status, dealing with an abhorrent client who does fielding drills at the gym, and a girlfriend's face smelling like a cricket bat.

    Finally, our live-streamed, (Virtual) End of Season Presentation to the nation is taking place Thursday April 9 at 8pm AEST. We are calling on anyone who's played club cricket this year to nominate for:
    - Best batting
    - Best bowling
    - Best overseas player
    - Most frightening cricket dream
    - Leading alpha
    - Best rig
    - Best rare unit
    - Best circuit story (that is not defamatory, unsavoury or libellous)

    There are 8 categories - submissions are open now - please send them either to gradecricketer@gmail.com, or our Facebook DMs.

    Special guests include: Justin Langer, Mitch Starc and Alyssa Healy, Adam Zampa, George Bailey, Ed Cowan, Dan Christian, and many more to be announced.

    To finish: This is the last TGC podcast episode for this season. A huge thanks to everybody who's tuned in, supported, written in, attended a live show, sledged us, called out our names at the cricket, complimented Higgos' rig etc. We are very grateful for your support and will continue to ply the cricket world with this material so long as its valued.

    On that note, please know that The Grade Cricketer intends to keep casting through isolation. We will announce a new venture soon, especially because there's a good chance our English audience may not see much cricket, if any, through the summer. Stay tuned.

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    Big thanks to Budgy Smuggler for their unyielding support throughout the year. We couldn't do what we do without them. Get around them (as they will you) at budgysmuggler.com.au

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    We have merch, namely Stubby Holders, and Smugglers. Head to https://gradecricketer.club/shop for the specifics

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    Big thanks to Jarryd Biviano @thefifthcreative and Julia Dowe for our podcast art, Toby Shain for the voiceovers + fake ad production, and Adrian Leung for our intro tune.

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    Email the show at gradecricketer@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    115. Stay In, with Dr John Orchard and Tim Bresnan

    115. Stay In, with Dr John Orchard and Tim Bresnan

    Well, the pandemic has taken hold and for TGC that only means one thing: overlaying inappropriate and ill-advised cricketing analogies to describe the deepest health and economic crisis in living memory. Gee COVID-19's hooping 'em.

    Because of the times, this week we've gone for a 'we not me' approach. To offset our intellectually limited analysis with something more responsible, we speak with Cricket Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Orchard, about the game's response, what we can do, and virtual circuits. He's followed by Sports Feature Writer at Indy Sport in the UK, Vithushan Ehantharajah, before Sutherland, Yorkshire and England stalwart Tim Bresnan joins to talk Sachin, pro sportsmen, Leeds, and his new podcast, Taking the Covers Off (or something).

    AskTGC tosses up a litany of verbiage about liking Australians, anxiety-free premierships, a strong riposte to a previous AskTGC, and whether or not wearing Budgies makes one more alpha.

    Finally, a request: we are working on something very exciting which we're hoping to announce to you guys soon. But we want to get the ball rolling on it now.

    We are calling on anyone who's played club cricket this year to make written submissions for:
    - Best batting innings they saw this year - doesn't have to be highest runs scored, can be for any reason
    - Best bowling they saw this year
    - Most frightening cricket dream they've had or heard of
    - Leading Alpha
    - Best Club Volunteer
    - Best Rig
    - Best Rare Unit
    - Best Circuit story (that is not defamatory, unsavoury or libellous)

    There are 8 categories - submissions are open now - please send them either to gradecricketer@gmail.com, or our Facebook DMs.

    There will be more info on this in this coming week. Please ply us with those stories from clubland - anywhere around the world - and we will do the rest.

    To finish: The Grade Cricketer will be here through isolation. We will keep casting. We have a few ideas in the works through this period, especially because there's a good chance our English audience may not see much cricket, if any, through the summer. Stay tuned.

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    Big thanks to Budgy Smuggler for their unyielding support.

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    We have merch, namely Stubby Holders, and Smugglers. Head to https://gradecricketer.club/shop for the specifics

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    Big thanks to Jarryd Biviano @thefifthcreative and Julia Dowe for our podcast art, Toby Shain for the voiceovers + fake ad production, and Adrian Leung for our intro tune.

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    Email the show at gradecricketer@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 18 min
    114. The Test: Blue Carpet Special, with Smith, Carey, Khawaja, Siddle, Paine, Lyon, Langer, Finch, Cummins, Labuschagne, Zampa (in order of appearance)

    114. The Test: Blue Carpet Special, with Smith, Carey, Khawaja, Siddle, Paine, Lyon, Langer, Finch, Cummins, Labuschagne, Zampa (in order of appearance)

    In the wake of our dear global pandemic, we've decided to fast-forward the release of our Blue Carpet special - an episode commemorating a docuseries many of us now have the time to watch: The Test, from Amazon.

    We "run the rule" (what does this mean?) over the series from a Parramatta carpark, highlighting its key questions: is it PR? Is it glorified club cricket? Did Justin Langer say it, or David Brent? The answers, as ever, may or may not surprise you.

    Pez then catches up with docuseries Director Adrian Brown in CA Towers, before we head to the Blue Carpet at the SCG premiere, where among other things, we learn about JLs views on botox and champing, Tim Paine conducting a grade cricket coin toss in his Test blazer, Adam Zampa's new mantra, collagen masks and optimum circuit results, before Pat Cummins asks us "how do you blokes have jobs?"

    AskTGC rounds us out with questions about hating cricket, adultery, a horse called "Champ" at Cheltenham, and Trobrian Cricket: An Ingenious Response to Colonialism (also on Amazon Prime).

    Look after yourselves, and lay low if you're able.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    113. Yeah The Girls! with Alyssa Healy, Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle

    113. Yeah The Girls! with Alyssa Healy, Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle

    The Australian Women win a World Cup, break records and make history at a packed MCG. They did it by having a stick first, absolutely smashing them and decimating the opposition before dancing on stage at a Katy Perry concert in full kit.

    Have we ever felt safer?

    There's a Men's series that allegedly happened in South Africa at the same time. Nothing has ever meant less. Marnus smashed 'em but!

    Alyssa Healy joins us post World-Cup-Winning-Circuit to discuss her six over cover, alpha-ing Mitch Starc, copping a send-off at 1/100 and Molly Strano wearing Katy Perry's boots.

    Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon then join us from Sydney to talk about Amazon's documentary, The Test. In doing so, Sidds announces his retirement from Grade Cricket and rounding up his score at Edgbaston, while The Goat talks about Headingley, Joel Wilson and what Steve Smith said to him while they pursued as many runs as possible at Edgbaston.

    Also, Tim Paine pops in to give some life advice that will likely end up as a tattoo on many listeners' faces.

    #AskTGC involves a group of Dads coming to training before finals and one of the better cricket dreams you'll ever hear.

    Big thanks to Budgy Smuggler for perpetually enduring us. It's footy season - "run off" them, if you will. Budgysmuggler.com.au

    So too DMNs new podcast: Generation Betoota. It fearlessly brings the truth to the most often forgotten Australian demographic: the youth. Listen now only on Spotify.

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    We do events, too. If you have sporting entertainment needs and prefer material sourced after 1975, please talk to us. We've performed across Australia and the UK, and love telling stories from clubland, or interviewing those who tell them even better. Contact gradecricketer@gmail.com for more details.

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    We have merch, namely Stubby Holders, and Smugglers. Head to https://gradecricketer.club/shop for the specifics

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    Big thanks to Jarryd Biviano @thefifthcreative and Julia Dowe for our podcast art, Toby Shain for the voiceovers + fake ad production, and Adrian Leung for our intro tune.

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    Email the show at gradecricketer@gmail.com

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    112. Short Sleeves, with Seb Gotch

    112. Short Sleeves, with Seb Gotch

    What's the connection between club cricket collapses and not caring? Also: WWC, Jadeja's catch, returning to Newlands, Copeland's 300 and getting around Slug Wbster.

    Seb Gotch is in unbelievable form as we chat about disappointing his AFL playing and coaching Dad, fashion statements, Ben Dunk putting a microphone down his box, growing up at the CA centre of excellence/Marvel movie lab, Twitter trolls with three beautiful daughters and how his Victorian coach told him he was the worst keeper he's ever seen while winning the Sheffield Shield.

    #AskTGC gets into wearing Vic kit at swimming carnivals, divorce or die, dream analysis, handshakes and playing cricket on a leap year.

    Big thanks to Budgy Smuggler for their unyielding support.

    And get around Generation Betoota: fearlessly bringing the truth to the most often forgotten Australian demographic: the youth. Listen now only on Spotify

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    We do events, too. If you have sporting entertainment needs and prefer material sourced after 1975, please talk to us. We've performed across Australia and the UK, and love telling stories from clubland, or interviewing those who tell them even better. Contact gradecricketer@gmail.com for more details.

    ***

    We have merch, namely Stubby Holders, and Smugglers. Head to https://gradecricketer.club/shop for the specifics

    ***

    Big thanks to Jarryd Biviano @thefifthcreative and Julia Dowe for our podcast art, Toby Shain for the voiceovers + fake ad production, and Adrian Leung for our intro tune.

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    Email the show at gradecricketer@gmail.com

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    111. Mean Tweets, with Jimmy Neesham

    111. Mean Tweets, with Jimmy Neesham

    The Women's World Cup has kicked off in earnest and we dedicate the first ten minutes to wrong'uns: their violence, their humiliation, and how they look easy to play (for retired third-graders watching on TV). Mankads have also come up again - so we respond in-kind with side-mouthed, black and white analysis because, as we all know, "it's in the laws". New Zealand cruised against Sri Lanka, though it didn't compare to their delectable dispatching of Thailand in a warm-up, which was followed by a coaching session. As we've always said, Jesus was the ultimate Alpha.

    The Men's Team is in South Africa, and saw Ashton Agar deliver a tangible, substantial, meaningful, game-influencing contribution - thus making good on his unrivalled potential. Which is good for a top 5 draft prospect. South Africa then won the second fixture with a weird score. At least Alex Carey got a hit.

    The height-based selection of Kyle Jamieson proved a masterstroke as New Zealand destroyed India, which begs the question: can Kohli do it on a rainy day in ... Wellington? Hashtag Kohli

    We then speak with the wonderfully normal Jimmy Neesham in a truly refreshing conversation, hours after he'd spent 155 overs in the dirt for Wellington. We covered the World Cup, Twitter philosophies, retirement, finding himself, working in marketing, Canadian circuits, the pronunciation of Marnus Labuschagne and US Border Security drilling holes in his bat to search for drugs.

    #AskTGC delved into dating dynamics in the United States, Space Jam, owning one's virginity, a ten-year old decimating the opposition, and parallels between grade cricket and the military.

    We don't do it all for Budgy Smuggler, but we do a large amount of it for them. Head to budgysmuggler.com.au for TGCs latest line of smugglers, titled "Great Australian Rigs"

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    We do events, too. If you have sporting entertainment needs and prefer material sourced after 1975, please talk to us. We've performed across Australia and the UK, and love telling stories from clubland, or interviewing those who tell them even better. Contact gradecricketer@gmail.com for more details.

    ***

    We have merch, namely Stubby Holders, and Smugglers. Head to https://gradecricketer.club/shop for the specifics

    ***

    Big thanks to Jarryd Biviano @thefifthcreative and Julia Dowe for our podcast art, Toby Shain for the voiceovers + fake ad production, and Adrian Leung for our intro tune.

    ***

    Email the show at gradecricketer@gmail.com

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    We're able to do all of this thanks to the fit, intelligent, enterprising people at Budgy Smuggler. It either is, or is nearly, summer somewhere in the world. For the entirety of your colourful swimwear needs, head to budgysmuggler.com.au

    • 1 hr 15 min

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