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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.

    106. It's Just On, with Clive Rose and Beau Webster

    106. It's Just On, with Clive Rose and Beau Webster

    That weird India v Australia ODI series has already come and gone since our last podcast, and Mitch Starc bats five for Australia now. What else did we learn from these offshored ODIs, which took place at an ungodly hour behind a paywall, other than what the BCCI wants, it f*****g gets?
    The BBL rolls on (will it ever end?) and the Brisbane Heat are an absolute myth - as is AB deVilliers, according to three blokes from the internet with a combined test match tally of 0. Meanwhile, the ICC pitch ratings are in for the home summer: the WACA is "good" while the Gabba is "very good." But which is a more intimidating venue/airport/city for India to arrive at: Perth or Brisbane? And how do you get a job judging pitches?

    It's obvious now that Ben Stokes is the best player that England has ever produced. And the English cricket media is going wild over Ollie Pope, who's variously the new Ian Bell/future highest run-scorer for England, depending on which Twitter cuck you're following. (That is until they ruthlessly tear him down 12 months from now.) Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada has earned a one-match suspension for yelling really loudly, or some s**t, a situation that is perfectly summed up by the frequently cited and watertight speeding analogy. Also, Pakistan has picked a 14-year-old in their U19 World Cup team - more normal stuff from a normal cricketing nation.

    In a TGC first, we welcome BBL rivals and Tasmanian grade club mates, Clive Rose and Beau Webster, to answer various questions about each other. From personal branding, Dennis Rodman, being called 'Slug', referring to enormous umpires as "The Big Man" and VIP booth circuiting in Hobart at 'Cargo'. You know, all the normal stuff.

    And #AskTGC deals with a few important issues, including best practice around Friday night circuiting, while responding to a lower grader's request for career advice via Linkedin InMail, before ruthlessly dispatching a bloke who has the audacity to sign off his question as 'Chop King'.
    Thanks again for the @BudgySmuggler team for backing this podcast week in week out. Great swimwear, great people - get around them and they in turn will get around you.

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    105. Easy Cricket, with Josh Philippe

    105. Easy Cricket, with Josh Philippe

    The bushfires continue to rage on, but thankfully cricket is stepping up to the plate. Warney's baggy green has gone for over a million thanks to a heart-warming donation from a beloved Australian financial institution; and a Bushfire Relief game is set to restore us back to Waugh/Buchanan-era levels of safety. As king of the coats Scott Morrison would indeed smugly say, "How Good!"

    Meanwhile, Stoinis slaps a wristy and "historic" 147* in the Big Bash, friend of the show Chris Green is done for chucking, and... Dale Steyn has apparently left the country/BBL? Didn't realise he was here. Anyway, we're off to India this week for an ODI series that's so f*****g meaningless that our coach, Justin Langer, isn't even going. Anyway, it's happening thousands of miles away in a weird timezone on foreign soil and exclusively available to PayTV subscribers (i.e. the perfect conditions for another Sandpaper-style scandal) so should be worth keeping an eye on.

    Josh Philippe joins us to talk about his limited, albeit scaring experiences of grade cricket, playing for the Sydney Sixers, getting picked up in the IPL, how the Coogee Pavillion is the greatest place on earth, circuiting with Steve O'Keefe and one score in the Big Bash can mean that you'll probably be captain of the Test team within 6 months.

    Finally, #AskTGC provides advice to a young cuck weighing up the benefits of a humanitarian career (i.e. feel better about self, help people) vs a life in Sydney's financial services sector (i.e. guaranteed SCG membership and premium access to intimate Steve Smith net sessions from close quarters). We also ruminate over the prospect of a Quadruple C (Century, Circuit, Chop, Conception) and ponder whether the Lord's slope also extends to the showers.

    Thanks once again to @BudgySmuggler for their continued support of this podcast, despite our increasingly wild and tangential ad reads.

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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 albert.machala@century.com.au 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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    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 4 min
    104. Low-key Summer, with Sean Abbott

    104. Low-key Summer, with Sean Abbott

    Will we ever lose a test match again? We're feeling exceptionally bullish as we reflect on a dominant summer of home cricket where we have not felt threatened once (excluding the existential anxiety over climate change, of course, which continues to permeate our lives and influence our every thought, word and action).

    Marnus continues to hit runs unabated, as Nathan Lyon snares another 5-wicket haul, but will we ever be truly titillated by a bloke who bowls "these ones"?

    Meanwhile, CA slaps Stoinis gently on the wrist for a grim on-field comment during the BBL; it's a good thing he didn't do something really serious (like innocently post a team line-up an hour before its official release).

    Our guest this week is Sean Abbott, who dishes us some tips on how to curate your BBL personal brand, and why wage discrepancy among T20 players is a growing societal concern. And AskTGC wraps things up with a couple of Dad-related questions (f*****g shock me) plus a 6'4" bloke egregiously wasting his natural asset by bowling yuck leg-spin.
    Finally, a special shout out to our friends at @BudgySmuggler for their ongoing support of this podcast.

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    We perform at 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 albert.machala@century.com.au for more details.

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    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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    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

    • 47 min
    103. Silly Buggers, with Kane Richardson

    103. Silly Buggers, with Kane Richardson

    Well, Boxing Day is done and dusted. We've smashed the Kiwis on home soil and evicted an All Black for daring to drink half a mid-strength beer. We're feeling safe, and therefore it's time to play "silly buggers" to show we've learned nothing from sandpaper.

    The MCG pitch was OK, but the bigger story is that the notorious Bay 13 has been replaced by the Boundary Social - yet another win for the corporates. Fucken good view though, while providing tremendous networking opportunities at a reasonable price.

    Meanwhile Sydney is confirmed as another meaningless dead rubber test (assuming air pollution levels permit the game to go ahead). Regardless, we speculate over who should be dropped, and why Travis Head's runs make us feel nothing.

    Kane Richardson joins us for some deeply relatable chat that includes a) which professional kit to wear at grade cricket, b) T20 bowling strategy, and c) setting the record straight on his friendship with fellow vegan Adam Zampa.

    Finally, #AskTGC tackles some big themes: getting champed by young upstart captains, Jackson Bird's human sacrifice, and what to do when the woman of your dreams just doesn't return your texts post-chop.

    Thanks as always to BudgySmuggler for their ongoing support of this thing. Kaysports.com.au for the support with our debate. And Blinkist (https://www.blinkist.com/nc/partners/the-grade-cricketer) for the New Year's Resolutions. To the rest of you, have a great New Year and catch you next decade.

    We're performing live across Australia in 2019/2020. Our dates:

    Brisbane - Princess Theatre, Thursday November 21, 7.30pm (with Jason Gillespie) SOLD OUT
    Adelaide - Rhino Room, Saturday November 30, 12pm (with Shaun Tait) SOLD OUT
    Melbourne - Corner Hotel, Friday December 27, 7.30pm (with John Hastings) SOLD OUT
    Melbourne - Corner Hotel, Saturday December 28, 7.30pm (with John Hastings)
    Sydney - Comedy Store, Friday January 3, 7.30pm (Richard Chee Quee)
    Sydney - Comedy Store, Saturday January 4, 7.30pm (Richard Chee Quee)

    Tickets at https://gradecricketer.club/upcoming-events

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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 albert.machala@century.com.au 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

    ***

    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 10 min
    102. It's Always Been Hot, with Chris Green

    102. It's Always Been Hot, with Chris Green

    Games are being cancelled due to climate, and half the country is covered in a thick blanket of smoke. Will the Boxing Day and/or New Year's Test even go ahead? Thankfully, the BBL is quelling all our greatest fears by providing new marketing-led innovations such as strategic timeouts, yellow leaders hats, and increasingly bright-coloured uniforms.
    Of course, our anxieties are further triggered by the startling decision to offshore our ODIs to India during the middle of our summer, once again reminding us that the BCCI is God and Cricket Australia is a cuck. Anyway, Usman Khawaja won't be there because he hasn't been selected, so we debate it: will he ever play again for Australia?
    This week Chris Green joins us in-studio to discuss wage-based social hierarchy in the IPL, how easy it is to get a hit at training when you're a pro cricketer, what's the best global T20 circuit, and what it's like to get on Trevor Hohns' radar.

    And #AskTGC tackles the age-old question of how to get an early hit at training, before paying tribute to Roy & HG, earnestly considering the value of mid-wicket fist bumps between batsmen, and some more weird f*****g dream analysis.

    Thanks again to BudgySmuggler for their ongoing support of the cast;

    Kaysports.com.au for the support with our debate;

    And Blinkist (https://www.blinkist.com/nc/partners/the-grade-cricketer) for the New Year's Resolutions.

    And to all: have a great festive break and remember: don't bowl on your uncle's pads during backyard cricket this summer, he f*****g loves it there.

    We're performing live across Australia in 2019. Our dates:

    Brisbane - Princess Theatre, Thursday November 21, 7.30pm (with Jason Gillespie) - SOLD OUT
    Adelaide - Rhino Room, Saturday November 30, 12pm (with Shaun Tait) - SOLD OUT
    Melbourne - Corner Hotel, Friday December 27, 7.30pm (with John Hastings) - SOLD OUT
    Melbourne - Corner Hotel, Saturday December 28, 7.30pm (with John Hastings)
    Sydney - Comedy Store, Friday January 3, 7.30pm (Richard Chee Quee)
    Sydney - Comedy Store, Saturday January 4, 7.30pm (Richard Chee Quee)

    Tickets at https://gradecricketer.club/upcoming-events

    ***

    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 albert.machala@century.com.au 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

    ***

    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 17 min
    101. Big Papi, with Marcus Stoinis

    101. Big Papi, with Marcus Stoinis

    Australia is back to what it does best: mercilessly dominating vastly inferior opponents on Perth-based cricket grounds. Marnus is providing much needed security at number 3, and Starc is bowling 145km and displaying excellent body language while doing so. So why do we still feel unsatisfied? Probably because it was 40+ degrees the entire f*****g test and the existential fear of climate change continues to dominate our every thought.

    If day-night tests are really the future of test cricket, then what does that mean for the future of the actual "red" ball? And what would Bradman think about pink ball cricket anyway? Josh Hazlewood is out of the Boxing Day test; will selectors choose to titillate the masses with a left-field replacement, or will Langer institute a reward-based selection? Either way, we desperately need fresh narratives in order to feel something, and also for content reasons.

    Marcus Stoinis joins us to discuss the role of the traditional alpha dog in modern cricket; how the rare unit movement is challenging perceptions of modern masculinity; and what it's like to get in the boxing ring against Justin Langer (as a teenager). It's a strong debut from the Stoin.

    Meanwhile, #AskTGC delves into 'keeper vs bowler alpha powerplays and the risk-reward of aggressive manscaping, while reminding us that Jeffrey Epstein didn't kill himself and the bowlers knew about sandpaper.

    As always, thanks to our friends at @BudgySmuggler for their ongoing support of whatever this thing is.




    We're performing live across Australia in 2019. Our dates:

    Brisbane - Princess Theatre, Thursday November 21, 7.30pm (with Jason Gillespie) - Sold Out
    Adelaide - Rhino Room, Saturday November 30, 12pm (with Shaun Tait) - Sold Out
    Melbourne - Corner Hotel, Friday December 27, 7.30pm (with John Hastings)
    Melbourne - Corner Hotel, Saturday December 28, 7.30pm (with John Hastings)
    Sydney - Comedy Store, Friday January 3, 7.30pm (Richard Chee Quee)
    Sydney - Comedy Store, Saturday January 4, 7.30pm (Richard Chee Quee)

    Tickets at https://gradecricketer.club/upcoming-events

    ***

    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 albert.machala@century.com.au 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

    ***

    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 6 min

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