The Offspin

A cricket podcast hosted by Simon Day and Alex Braae, with a rotating squad of sloggers, change bowlers and specialist fielders. Brought to you by The Beer Spot.

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8 July 2021

Voice memo special: What the WTC win meant to us

Two weeks after Kane Williamson raised the World Test Championship mace, The Offspin reconvenes to reflect on the toll consecutive all-nighters took, how it feels to be cricket world champs and listen to the voice memos sent in over the last fortnight.

Two weeks after Kane Williamson raised the World Test Championship mace, The Offspin reconvenes to reflect on the toll consecutive all-nighters took, how it feels to be cricket world champs and listen to the voice memos sent in over the last fortnight capturing our collective cricket emotions. This episode of… Two weeks after Kane Williamson raised the World Test Championship mace, The Offspin reconvenes to reflect on the toll consecutive all-nighters took, how it feels to be cricket world champs and listen to the voice memos sent in over the last fortnight capturing our collective cricket emotions. This episode of The Offspin is brought to you by our friends at The Beer Spot. Follow The Offspin on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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24 June 2021

World Test Championship: Day 6 🏆

What a game of test cricket.

NZL 140/2 & 249; IND 217 & 170 (NZL win by 8 wickets) | What a game of test cricket. Today's episode of The Offspin was recorded in the moments after New Zealand's greatest cricketing triumph, with Simon and Alex joined by Blackcaps super-fan Justin Latif to process the emotion… NZL 140/2 & 249; IND 217 & 170 (NZL win by 8 wickets) | What a game of test cricket. Today's episode of The Offspin was recorded in the moments after New Zealand's greatest cricketing triumph, with Simon and Alex joined by Blackcaps super-fan Justin Latif to process the emotion of watching Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor bring home the World Test Championship mace. Brought to you by our friends at The Beer Spot. Follow The Offspin on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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21 June 2021

World Test Championship: Day 3

Between them, The Offspin managed to watch almost every ball of what was an excellent day of test cricket for the Blackcaps.

Between them, The Offspin managed to watch almost every ball of what was an excellent day of test cricket for the Blackcaps. Alex has discovered the secret to staying up all night (it’s all about hydration), while Simon is attempting to take credit for all the wickets that fell while… Between them, The Offspin managed to watch almost every ball of what was an excellent day of test cricket for the Blackcaps. Alex has discovered the secret to staying up all night (it’s all about hydration), while Simon is attempting to take credit for all the wickets that fell while he slept through the first two sessions. Can the New Zealand middle order now build on a dominant display of pace bowling and resolute opening partnership? Or will the dreaded Southampton rain return and ruin everything? Follow The Offspin on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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20 June 2021

World Test Championship: Day 2

On a leisurely Sunday morning episode of The Offspin, Alex Braae is joined by producer and guitarist Jonathan Pearce to break down an enthralling first proper day of test cricket. The pair discuss dreary old Southampton, the Indian batsmen putting the Black Caps bowlers under serious pressure, the texture of the radio commentary, and playing […]

On a leisurely Sunday morning episode of The Offspin, Alex Braae is joined by producer and guitarist Jonathan Pearce to break down an enthralling first proper day of test cricket. The pair discuss dreary old Southampton, the Indian batsmen putting the Black Caps bowlers under serious pressure, the texture of… On a leisurely Sunday morning episode of The Offspin, Alex Braae is joined by producer and guitarist Jonathan Pearce to break down an enthralling first proper day of test cricket. The pair discuss dreary old Southampton, the Indian batsmen putting the Black Caps bowlers under serious pressure, the texture of the radio commentary, and playing carpark cricket in the USA. Follow The Offspin on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.    

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19 June 2021

World Test Championship: Day 1 (with Brendon McCullum)

With a rain delay in the UK, The Offspin is joined by former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.

With a rain delay in the UK, The Offspin is joined by former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum. Without any actual cricket to talk about from the first day of the World Test Championship final, McCullum shares his expert knowledge on what players do during rain delays, his first summer… With a rain delay in the UK, The Offspin is joined by former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum. Without any actual cricket to talk about from the first day of the World Test Championship final, McCullum shares his expert knowledge on what players do during rain delays, his first summer on the Spark Sport commentary team, how he'd let players know they’ve been dropped and some highlights of his career. Follow The Offspin on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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18 June 2021

World Test Championship: Day 0

It’s the day before the night of the World Test Championship final, but depending on which weather forecast you read the chance of any play in Southampton tonight is either bad or very bad.

It’s the day before the night of the World Test Championship final, but depending on which weather forecast you read the chance of any play in Southampton tonight is either bad or very bad. Alex and Simon muse over the squads, Simon makes some remarks about the abilities of certain… It’s the day before the night of the World Test Championship final, but depending on which weather forecast you read the chance of any play in Southampton tonight is either bad or very bad. Alex and Simon muse over the squads, Simon makes some remarks about the abilities of certain members of the Indian XI that are definitely going to come back to haunt him and Alex shares some tips he got from a sleep expert. Stay tuned to The Offspin for new episodes every day of the World Test Championship, made possible by our friends at The Beer Spot. Follow The Offspin on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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14 June 2021

Party like it’s 1999

After an historic series victory over England, The Offspin is joined by real life professional cricket broadcaster (and diehard Blackcaps fan) Sonia Gray to discuss balancing professionalism with fandom.

After an historic series victory over England, The Offspin is joined by real life professional cricket broadcaster (and diehard Blackcaps fan) Sonia Gray to discuss balancing professionalism with fandom. Who stayed up the latest for test two? What XI are we picking for the World Test Championship final? And what… After an historic series victory over England, The Offspin is joined by real life professional cricket broadcaster (and diehard Blackcaps fan) Sonia Gray to discuss balancing professionalism with fandom. Who stayed up the latest for test two? What XI are we picking for the World Test Championship final? And what has Simon Doull been up to this week? The Offspin is brought to you with the support of our friends at The Beer Spot. Follow The Offspin on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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8 June 2021

First test performance reviews

With the first Blackcaps v England test in the books, Simon and Alex give themselves performance reviews for how their bodies and minds held up to the demands of overnight cricket watching.

With the first Blackcaps v England test in the books, Simon and Alex review how their bodies and minds held up to the demands of overnight cricket watching. Will they have the stamina to see out the next two tests? And who should play in those games – could some… With the first Blackcaps v England test in the books, Simon and Alex review how their bodies and minds held up to the demands of overnight cricket watching. Will they have the stamina to see out the next two tests? And who should play in those games – could some distinguished careers be about to be cut short? The Offspin is brought to you with the support of our friends at The Beer Spot. Follow The Offspin on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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2 June 2021

Life lessons from a cricket coach

Kit Perera is an Auckland cricket legend, and in his capacity as a coach at Suburbs New Lynn has helped players like Jimmy Neesham, Jeet Raval, Ajaz Patel and Martin Guptill fine-tune their techniques and mental approach to the game.

You might not recognise the name of this episode’s guest, but you’ll certainly know some of the people he’s worked with. Kit Perera is an Auckland cricket legend, and in his capacity as a coach at Suburbs New Lynn has helped players like Jimmy Neesham, Jeet Raval, Ajaz Patel and… You might not recognise the name of this episode’s guest, but you’ll certainly know some of the people he’s worked with. Kit Perera is an Auckland cricket legend, and in his capacity as a coach at Suburbs New Lynn has helped players like Jimmy Neesham, Jeet Raval, Ajaz Patel and Martin Guptill fine-tune their techniques and mental approach to the game. Alex and Simon pick his brain about cricket etiquette, coaching in low-decile schools and how lessons learned from cricket can be applied to life, before committing to a punishing podcast schedule for the fast-approaching World Test Championship final. The Offspin is brought to you with the support of our friends at The Beer Spot. Follow The Offspin on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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27 April 2021

Cricket diplomacy, stat chat and the IPL

In the latest episode of The Offspin, Simon and Alex discuss the IPL taking place amid the rampant Covid-19 outbreak in India.

In this episode, Simon and Alex are joined by Michael Appleton, diplomat and The Spinoff's chief cricket statistician, to learn about his previous posting to India, the place cricket holds at the heart of Indian culture and how many diplomatic doors it opened. They discuss the IPL taking place amid… In this episode, Simon and Alex are joined by Michael Appleton, diplomat and The Spinoff's chief cricket statistician, to learn about his previous posting to India, the place cricket holds at the heart of Indian culture and how many diplomatic doors it opened. They discuss the IPL taking place amid the rampant Covid-19 outbreak in India, and in especially exciting news, the team announce The Beer Spot as their brand new sponsor. Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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19 March 2021

Bringing the Cricket World Cup back to NZ

The Spinoff’s resident cricket nerds Simon Day and Alex Braae are joined by Andrea Nelson, CEO of the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup.

The Spinoff’s resident cricket nerds Simon Day and Alex Braae are joined by Andrea Nelson, CEO of the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup, to talk about landing the hosting rights for New Zealand, the challenging decision to postpone the tournament by a year and why we should be getting extremely… The Spinoff’s resident cricket nerds Simon Day and Alex Braae are joined by Andrea Nelson, CEO of the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup, to talk about landing the hosting rights for New Zealand, the challenging decision to postpone the tournament by a year and why we should be getting extremely excited about next summer. Simon and Alex also spend some time looking ahead to the World Test Championship final, which they’re still planning to podcast daily, and Alex faces up to a tweet about Martin Guptill from a few weeks ago that didn't age very well. Subscribe and listen to The Offspin on Apple PodcastsSpotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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25 February 2021

World Test Championship here we come

With the Blackcaps headed for the final of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship at Lord’s in June, Simon Day and Alex Braae have successfully appealed to bring The Offspin out of retirement.

With the Blackcaps headed for the final of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship at Lord’s in June, Simon Day and Alex Braae have successfully appealed to bring The Offspin out of retirement. Today they look ahead to the big game, before refocusing on all the cricket that’s right in… With the Blackcaps headed for the final of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship at Lord’s in June, Simon Day and Alex Braae have successfully appealed to bring The Offspin out of retirement. Today they look ahead to the big game, before refocusing on all the cricket that’s right in front of us with White Fern and Canterbury Magicians captain Frankie Mackay. Subscribe and listen to The Offspin on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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19 December 2019

The Spinoff presents SUPERPOD 2019

Join various hosts of The Spinoff podcasts Gone by Lunchtime, On The Rag, The Real Pod, Paper Cuts, The Offspin, and Dietary Requirements as we look back at the car crash that was 2019.

In this special end of year podcast hosted by …

Join various hosts of The Spinoff podcasts Gone by Lunchtime, On The Rag, The Real Pod, Paper Cuts, The Offspin, and Dietary Requirements as we look back at the car crash that was 2019. In this special end of year podcast hosted by Leonie Hayden, we dissect the country's response to national… Join various hosts of The Spinoff podcasts Gone by Lunchtime, On The Rag, The Real Pod, Paper Cuts, The Offspin, and Dietary Requirements as we look back at the car crash that was 2019. In this special end of year podcast hosted by Leonie Hayden, we dissect the country's response to national disasters, the highs and lows of MAFS, international literary scandals, the madness and tragedy of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Mad Chapman's Pulitzer Prize-winning chip ranking and more, plus we add our entries to the official The Spinoff 2019 Honours and Dishonours board. Pour yourself a Baileys and settle in. Check out more of our podcasts here including the pop up pod The Spinoff Book Out Loud (The Spinoff Book is available in stores now). If you want to continue to support the work we do, behind the mic or on the site, check out The Spinoff Members, where you can support independent media for as a little as a dollar a week! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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26 August 2019

The Offspin podcast: Jimmy Neesham on life, loss and that runout

The Offspin Podcast is back by semi-popular demand for a bonus episode, with Black Caps Cricket World Cup hero Jimmy Neesham. 
For those still suffering from the lead-weight despair of seeing the Black Caps losing the World Cup final in the cl…

The Offspin Podcast is back by semi-popular demand for a bonus episode, with Black Caps Cricket World Cup hero Jimmy Neesham.  For those still suffering from the lead-weight despair of seeing the Black Caps losing the World Cup final in the closest possible way, talking about it helps. After a… The Offspin Podcast is back by semi-popular demand for a bonus episode, with Black Caps Cricket World Cup hero Jimmy Neesham.  For those still suffering from the lead-weight despair of seeing the Black Caps losing the World Cup final in the closest possible way, talking about it helps. After a cathartic month playing T20 in Canada, allrounder Jimmy Neesham sat down with Simon and Alex from The Offspin podcast, to talk all things cricket and life. Over an hour in the studio, he talked about coming to terms with how the final had gone, his newfound enthusiasm for a long-lasting career in the game, getting paid by itinerant T20 leagues, and what it was like to have a real job for a while. Neesham also revealed what it was like to come home to the flat he shares with Silver Fern Bailey Mes, who did manage to bring a trophy home from England. All that and more on The Offspin. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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14 July 2019

The Offspin: the greatest game of cricket of all time

The Offspin podcast tries to make sense of the greatest cricket game of all time, at the same time as not seeing the Black Caps win it.
Perhaps our guest Sam Flynn Scott has the right approach to this one – immediately upon arrival at the studio he dec…

The Offspin podcast tries to make sense of the greatest cricket game of all time, at the same time as not seeing the Black Caps win it. Perhaps our guest Sam Flynn Scott has the right approach to this one – immediately upon arrival at the studio he decided to… The Offspin podcast tries to make sense of the greatest cricket game of all time, at the same time as not seeing the Black Caps win it. Perhaps our guest Sam Flynn Scott has the right approach to this one – immediately upon arrival at the studio he decided to focus on how the Black Caps didn't actually lose the Cricket World Cup final. After all, it was tied on the field not just once but twice. But really, after a game like that, what else is there to do but hopelessly grasp at straws – when after six gruelling weeks of cricket fandom, it came down to the absolute last possible ball, and the result went the other way? Along with ample chances to unload on the things that went wrong or were just plain unlucky, there's also a chance to look at the positives. We pick some of them out and lavish praise on the players who played their hearts out when it mattered. And for the fans, there's a very simple question: could we ever ask to have been taken on a more total emotional journey than what the Black Caps have given us over the tournament? And was it all worth it?  Probably. Wow. What an amazing game. Sport at it’s finest. The best game we've ever seen. It was so tense. So much skill. So much pressure. It was a beautiful vision of the most beautiful game. We feel like we’ve just left a five-day festival. Thank you for being there with us.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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12 July 2019

The Offspin: World Cup final preview with Sonia Gray

On the latest episode of The Offspin, the team are joined by actor, Lotto host, and hugely passionate cricket fan Sonia Gray as we dare to believe of a Black Caps World Cup victory.
It’s still hard to fathom, but we’re in the final again. And…

On the latest episode of The Offspin, the team are joined by actor, Lotto host, and hugely passionate cricket fan Sonia Gray as we dare to believe of a Black Caps World Cup victory. It's still hard to fathom, but we're in the final again. And it's against the English… On the latest episode of The Offspin, the team are joined by actor, Lotto host, and hugely passionate cricket fan Sonia Gray as we dare to believe of a Black Caps World Cup victory. It's still hard to fathom, but we're in the final again. And it's against the English (down with Australia!). Ahead of the last game of the World Cup we've convened a panel to assess the Black Caps chances, assess the state of the fans who've been on a 5-week bender, and start to prepare for Sunday's final.   Back in 2016, Sonia Gray wrote an incredible piece for The Spinoff about the importance of simply enjoying the moment when the Black Caps had success. After all, we've all had to deal with so much failure from the team, it can be hard to know how to absorb a win over the richest team in the world to make the World Cup final.  We also discuss the thrill of seeing Australia plummet back down to earth against England, talk about the lows that come with the joys of Black Caps fandom, and Alex shares a theory as to why Brexit will help the Black Caps win the final. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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10 July 2019

The Offspin: Savour it, because we’re going to Lord’s

In today’s episode of The Offspin podcast, Simon Day and Alex Braae go absolutely berserk over the semi-final win that put the Black Caps into the Cricket World Cup final.

In today's episode of The Offspin podcast, Simon Day and Alex Braae go absolutely berserk over the semi-final win that put the Black Caps into the Cricket World Cup final. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy In today's episode of The Offspin podcast, Simon Day and Alex Braae go absolutely berserk over the semi-final win that put the Black Caps into the Cricket World Cup final. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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9 July 2019

The Offspin: Mixing sport and politics with Peter McGlashan

In the latest episode of The Offspin, cricketer, commentator, activist and aspiring local board rep Peter McGlashan joins the show to mix sport and politics.

In the latest episode of The Offspin, cricketer, commentator, activist and aspiring local board rep Peter McGlashan joins the show to mix sport and politics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy In the latest episode of The Offspin, cricketer, commentator, activist and aspiring local board rep Peter McGlashan joins the show to mix sport and politics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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4 July 2019

The Offspin – Back to the 90s with Dion Nash (and back to the semis (probably))

On this episode of The Offspin, legendary all-rounder Dion Nash joins the show after a Black Caps performance that felt like a throwback to New Zealand cricket’s dark days of teal.
Once upon a time, the stereotype of New Zealand cricket was of fre…

On this episode of The Offspin, legendary all-rounder Dion Nash joins the show after a Black Caps performance that felt like a throwback to New Zealand cricket's dark days of teal. Once upon a time, the stereotype of New Zealand cricket was of freezing in the big games, fragile batting… On this episode of The Offspin, legendary all-rounder Dion Nash joins the show after a Black Caps performance that felt like a throwback to New Zealand cricket's dark days of teal. Once upon a time, the stereotype of New Zealand cricket was of freezing in the big games, fragile batting and despair – while still finding a way to make the World Cup semifinals. Well, last night the Black Caps rolled back the years in a 119 run loss to the English, to (probably) limp into the final four on the back of three losses. How bad was it? Simon Day the die-hard couldn't keep going after Kane Williamson got run out and took himself to be – that's how bad it was. Former Black Cap Dion Nash has seen his fair share of ups and downs in cricket: from the heights of the Lord's honours board, to losing playoffs in the 1996 and 1999 World Cups. We discuss the Bad Boys team culture of the 90s, and ask if it was responsible for the team hardly ever winning? Do players care about what the commentators have to say about them? And what might be going on in the team at the moment which is causing such a collapse in form? Dion also reflects on the infamous incident in which he, Stephen Fleming and Matthew Hart owned up to blazing up on tour of South Africa, including the shocking revelation that they wandered away from the rest of the group and took the joint with them. How has it changed his views on drugs in sport, and society at large? How do you get rid of beard dandruff? And will he let Simon take out shares in his children? All that and so much more on The Offspin. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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30 June 2019

The Offspin: The unbearable bleakness of an all-night loss to the hate Australians

For the latest episode of The Offspin podcast, we’re joined by writer, musician and cricket tragic Samuel Flynn Scott, to process the utterly insipid Black Caps loss against Australia. 
Well, that was rubbish. The Black Caps have utterly …

For the latest episode of The Offspin podcast, we're joined by writer, musician and cricket tragic Samuel Flynn Scott, to process the utterly insipid Black Caps loss against Australia.  Well, that was rubbish. The Black Caps have utterly failed to show any spine against Australia, leaving their Cricket World Cup… For the latest episode of The Offspin podcast, we're joined by writer, musician and cricket tragic Samuel Flynn Scott, to process the utterly insipid Black Caps loss against Australia.  Well, that was rubbish. The Black Caps have utterly failed to show any spine against Australia, leaving their Cricket World Cup campaign dangling slightly precariously as we approach the semi-finals. Fortunately, we're saved from the absolute despair that threatened to overwhelm us by the insights and asides of Samuel Flynn Scott, noted cricket tragic and wordsmith. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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