The Offspin

Join cricket nerds Simon Day, Alex Braae, and a squad of sloggers, change bowlers and outfielders for The Offspin, our brand new podcast for the Cricket World Cup. With the Blackcaps playing all their games at wildly inconvenient overnight times, Simon and Alex will be swapping sleep for cricket, then rolling into the studio to drink Coffee Supreme and offer expert analysis of the World Cup. New episodes will appear after each Black Caps match.

Produced by Tina Tiller.

Theme music by Sam Scott.

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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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27 June 2019

The Offspin: 1992 deja vu

We’re joined by writer and broadcaster Ali Ikram, and his dad Hamid Ikram, to discuss their role in Pakistan’s success at the 1992 Cricket World Cup and their potential in 2019.
The parallels are becoming harder and harder to ignore. A round-…

We're joined by writer and broadcaster Ali Ikram, and his dad Hamid Ikram, to discuss their role in Pakistan's success at the 1992 Cricket World Cup and their potential in 2019. The parallels are becoming harder and harder to ignore. A round-robin World Cup, with Pakistan needing a win against… We're joined by writer and broadcaster Ali Ikram, and his dad Hamid Ikram, to discuss their role in Pakistan's success at the 1992 Cricket World Cup and their potential in 2019. The parallels are becoming harder and harder to ignore. A round-robin World Cup, with Pakistan needing a win against New Zealand to survive. Their order of results lines up, there's an ul-Haq in the team, and young left-arm quick bowlers are tearing into batsmen. The Disney musical Alladin was released in 1992, and the remake is being released this year. Shit is spooky. So to get a grasp on whether the 2019 Cricket World Cup is actually playing out exactly the same as the 1992 World Cup, we decided to speak to a couple of people who had a first-hand role in Pakistan's famous victory. Hamid Ikram, cardiologist, passionate Pakistani cricket fan and legend of the Christchurch community, was the liaison officer for the Pakistan team when they came to New Zealand through the 80s and 90s. He had a history in the game too, including playing alongside Hanif Mohammed as a schoolboy, who went on to become a legendary test cricketer and Pakistan's first test triple centurion. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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26 June 2019

The Offspin: A walk on hallowed turf with Grant Elliott

In this bonus episode of The Offspin podcast, Simon Day takes a walk around Eden Park with one of the most unlikely legends of New Zealand sporting history.

In this bonus episode of The Offspin podcast, Simon Day takes a walk around Eden Park with one of the most unlikely legends of New Zealand sporting history. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy In this bonus episode of The Offspin podcast, Simon Day takes a walk around Eden Park with one of the most unlikely legends of New Zealand sporting history. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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24 June 2019

The Offspin – the MPs heading off to their own Cricket World Cup

In this bonus episode of The Offspin podcast, Labour’s Kieran McAnulty and National’s Chris Bishop join the show to talk about the Parliamentary World Cup, and attempt to prove they’re cricket fanatic credentials. 
To coincide w…

In this bonus episode of The Offspin podcast, Labour's Kieran McAnulty and National's Chris Bishop join the show to talk about the Parliamentary World Cup, and attempt to prove they're cricket fanatic credentials.  To coincide with the business end of the Cricket World Cup, MPs from all over the world… In this bonus episode of The Offspin podcast, Labour's Kieran McAnulty and National's Chris Bishop join the show to talk about the Parliamentary World Cup, and attempt to prove they're cricket fanatic credentials.  To coincide with the business end of the Cricket World Cup, MPs from all over the world will be flying to England to play some games of their own – and maybe catch a playoff match or two. It sounds like the ultimate junket, but the NZ Parliamentary cricket team co-captains Kieran McAnulty and Chris Bishop insist they'll be paying their own way. The pair are part of the New Zealand squad travelling to take part in an eight-team Parliamentary World Cup, next month in England. The former schoolboy 1st XI reps are set to compete against the likes of Pakistan's President Imran Khan, and recently retired Indian MP, Sachin Tendulkar, if rumours are true. Somehow, McAnulty and Bishop will have to wrangle a cross-party team, which will include the likes of Kiritapu Allan and Greg O'Connor from Labour, Ian McKelvie from National and Mark Patterson from NZ First. But are they really true cricket nuffies? Can they prove it by sharing some of their more brutal moments on the cricket field? And what would a Black Caps win mean for the wider political landscape of New Zealand? All that and more on this bonus episode of The Offspin. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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23 June 2019

The Offspin podcast: How cruel is cricket?

In episode nine of The Offspin, we’re joined by Black Caps test spinner Mark Craig to explore the crueller side of cricket in the wake of the Black Caps victory over the West Indies in both thrilling and devastating circumstances.
There are few th…

In episode nine of The Offspin, we're joined by Black Caps test spinner Mark Craig to explore the crueller side of cricket in the wake of the Black Caps victory over the West Indies in both thrilling and devastating circumstances. There are few things in life more cruel than being… In episode nine of The Offspin, we're joined by Black Caps test spinner Mark Craig to explore the crueller side of cricket in the wake of the Black Caps victory over the West Indies in both thrilling and devastating circumstances. There are few things in life more cruel than being blessed with spin bowling talent, but having to use it in New Zealand. Such is the fate of Mark Craig, a veteran of the domestic game who has played 15 tests for the Black Caps. He could have played more, and might still do so, were it not for injuries and local conditions robbing him of chances. However, he will always be the first and only person to hit their very first ball in test cricket for six. But is that anything on the cruelty suffered by the West Indies in their Cricket World Cup loss to the Black Caps? Carlos Braithwaite had scored a century, and needed just one more big hit to keep his team's chances alive at the World Cup. Had he hit it just one metre further, Trent Boult wouldn't have been able to pull off the match-winning catch. But such is cricket. Also in this episode, The Offspin gets into the aura of Universe Boss Chris Gayle and what it's like to bowl to such a fearsome batsman, Alex shares a conspiracy theory about the commentary of Brendon McCullum, and Mark Craig shares his thoughts on the missing pieces in the Black Caps puzzle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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20 June 2019

The Offspin – Can you even call South Africa’s loss a choke?

In episode eight of The Offspin, we break down the best game of the tournament so far and talk about the shattered dreams of South African cricket with writer and journalist James Borrowdale.

In episode eight of The Offspin, we break down the best game of the tournament so far and talk about the shattered dreams of South African cricket with writer and journalist James Borrowdale. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy In episode eight of The Offspin, we break down the best game of the tournament so far and talk about the shattered dreams of South African cricket with writer and journalist James Borrowdale. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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14 June 2019

The Offspin – bad weather and coaching dads

In episode seven of The Offspin, with the weather continuing to be very bad in England, and not a lot of cricket being played, we took the opportunity to reminisce on our personal journeys in the sport. And spend some quality time hating Australian cri…

In episode seven of The Offspin, with the weather continuing to be very bad in England, and not a lot of cricket being played, we took the opportunity to reminisce on our personal journeys in the sport. And spend some quality time hating Australian cricketers. For information regarding your data… In episode seven of The Offspin, with the weather continuing to be very bad in England, and not a lot of cricket being played, we took the opportunity to reminisce on our personal journeys in the sport. And spend some quality time hating Australian cricketers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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12 June 2019

The Offspin– Rain delay with Suzie Bates

With much of the Cricket World Cup rained off this week, White Ferns superstar Suzie Bates joins The Offspin to discuss the growth of the women’s game, pay equity, and provide her expert tips for the Black Caps on English playing conditions. And t…

With much of the Cricket World Cup rained off this week, White Ferns superstar Suzie Bates joins The Offspin to discuss the growth of the women's game, pay equity, and provide her expert tips for the Black Caps on English playing conditions. And there's a chance to win a special… With much of the Cricket World Cup rained off this week, White Ferns superstar Suzie Bates joins The Offspin to discuss the growth of the women's game, pay equity, and provide her expert tips for the Black Caps on English playing conditions. And there's a chance to win a special White Ferns prize pack – listen to the podcast to find out how to enter. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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9 June 2019

The Offspin podcast: The romantic Afghanistan cricket story faces up to reality

In the fifth episode of The Offspin, we’re joined by Basir Safi and Ismail Wardak, two Kiwi-Afghan cricket lovers who talk about learning the game in refugee camps, the incredible story of Afghanistan’s ascent and the high e…

In the fifth episode of The Offspin, we're joined by Basir Safi and Ismail Wardak, two Kiwi-Afghan cricket lovers who talk about learning the game in refugee camps, the incredible story of Afghanistan's ascent and the high expectations the world now holds for them.  Another day, another win at the Cricket World… In the fifth episode of The Offspin, we're joined by Basir Safi and Ismail Wardak, two Kiwi-Afghan cricket lovers who talk about learning the game in refugee camps, the incredible story of Afghanistan's ascent and the high expectations the world now holds for them.  Another day, another win at the Cricket World Cup for the Black Caps. So why doesn't this one feel quite so good? Is it because maybe, deep down we all want to see Afghanistan succeed? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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7 June 2019

The Offspin – Mohammad Isam on life after Christchurch and the Bangladesh bond with New Zealand

In a special edition of The Offspin, Mohammad Isam, ESPN Cricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent, spoke to the podcast about his experience of the Christchurch terror attack, and the effect had on him and the team.

In a special edition of The Offspin, Mohammad Isam, ESPN Cricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent, spoke to the podcast about his experience of the Christchurch terror attack, and the effect had on him and the team. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy In a special edition of The Offspin, Mohammad Isam, ESPN Cricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent, spoke to the podcast about his experience of the Christchurch terror attack, and the effect had on him and the team. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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6 June 2019

The Offspin – Mitchell McClenaghan visits the studio to discuss the Black Caps victory over Bangladesh and Simon’s figure.

In the third episode of The Offspin globetrotting freelance cricketer and muscleman Mitchell McClenaghan joins the podcast to discuss winning the IPL, the changing patterns of cricketing analytics and a nervy Black Caps win over Bangladesh…

In the third episode of The Offspin globetrotting freelance cricketer and muscleman Mitchell McClenaghan joins the podcast to discuss winning the IPL, the changing patterns of cricketing analytics and a nervy Black Caps win over Bangladesh. The Offspin is made possible by Coffee Supreme, keeping Simon (who's been up since 1230am… In the third episode of The Offspin globetrotting freelance cricketer and muscleman Mitchell McClenaghan joins the podcast to discuss winning the IPL, the changing patterns of cricketing analytics and a nervy Black Caps win over Bangladesh. The Offspin is made possible by Coffee Supreme, keeping Simon (who's been up since 1230am and now has a full day at work) and Alex alive while cricket is played on the other side of the world. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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1 June 2019

The Offspin – The Blacks Cap crush Sri Lanka, and we rate their new uniform.

In the second episode of The Offspin esteemed uniform ranker Calum Henderson joins the podcast to discuss the Black Caps comprehensive victory over Sri Lanka, uniform fashion trends and Simon Doull’s glorious goatee and earrings in 1999. The Offsp…

In the second episode of The Offspin esteemed uniform ranker Calum Henderson joins the podcast to discuss the Black Caps comprehensive victory over Sri Lanka, uniform fashion trends and Simon Doull's glorious goatee and earrings in 1999. The Offspin is made possible by Coffee Supreme, keeping Simon and Alex alive… In the second episode of The Offspin esteemed uniform ranker Calum Henderson joins the podcast to discuss the Black Caps comprehensive victory over Sri Lanka, uniform fashion trends and Simon Doull's glorious goatee and earrings in 1999. The Offspin is made possible by Coffee Supreme, keeping Simon and Alex alive while cricket is played on the other side of the world. It's produced by Tina Tiller and theme music by Sam Flynn-Scott. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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30 May 2019

The Offspin – Can the Blackcaps win? (Maybe, but probably not).

In the first episode of The Offspin, The Spinoff’s new Cricket World Cup podcast, hosts Alex Braae and Simon Day are joined by Jogi Bhatt to examine the Blackcaps chances of glory. They also investigate the psychological differences between Indian…

In the first episode of The Offspin, The Spinoff's new Cricket World Cup podcast, hosts Alex Braae and Simon Day are joined by Jogi Bhatt to examine the Blackcaps chances of glory. They also investigate the psychological differences between Indian and New Zealand fans, relive Simon's darkest day, and question… In the first episode of The Offspin, The Spinoff's new Cricket World Cup podcast, hosts Alex Braae and Simon Day are joined by Jogi Bhatt to examine the Blackcaps chances of glory. They also investigate the psychological differences between Indian and New Zealand fans, relive Simon's darkest day, and question David Warner's credibility as a children's book author. The Offspin is made possible by Coffee Supreme, keeping Simon and Alex alive while cricket is played on the other side of the world. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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