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I am very fortunate to have enjoyed a lifetime in cricket

This is my 38th season in the professional game.

Cricket continues to evolve – perhaps not quite as radically as some would have us believe – and so does the way in which the game is reported and analysed. The digital age and social networking has transformed every cricket lover’s life, hence the need for me to embrace technology and offer this website for your enjoyment.

tmsHere you will find links to much of my work on BBC Radio’s Test Match Special – celebrity interviews, news features and, of course, my end-of-the-day review with Geoffrey Boycott, which is available as a podcast. And talking of Geoffrey, due to popular demand we have further dates for our highly popular theatre evenings during 2014 –  you can find details of those, and my theatre events with Graeme Swann, Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar and Phil Tufnell on my Shop page.

Cricket: A Modern Anthology was published on July 4th. This is an immense collection of the best writing about the game starting with the infamous Bodyline Tour of 1932/33. More information on this and my other books can once again be found on this website.

As always I am indebted to my wife Emma for her support and patience, especially when I am away on England’s travels. Being married to a cricket correspondent cannot be easy.

 

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It’s the World T20 in Bangladesh

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I am in Dhaka where the ICC World T20 is reaching its climax. This is without England who were knocked out of the group stage having managed just one victory against Sri Lanka. The nadir of England’s campaign was a 45-run defeat by the Netherlands which proved to be the final nail in the coffin of their winter horribilis. The most pressing item on the ECB agenda now is to appoint a full-time coach who can stamp his authority on what is currently a rudderless team.
Back at home Sport Relief has been raising millions of pounds for worthy causes, and we have been doing our bit in Bangladesh. England captain Stuart Broad challenged me to run a mile with his team round the Chittagong Stadium. Most important first of all was to ensure the correct stretcheremergency medical essentials were on hand – it has been 14 years since I last ran laps of a cricket ground, and the mid-morning temperature in Chittagong is usually around the 35 degrees mark. Then I was badly let down by Reg Dickason, the England security officer, who is of similar age and fitness to me, and with whom I had expected to run our mile. Reg, an Australian, played the old ‘dodgy hip’ excuse, and elected to walk the course at snail’s pace. I suspect that Stuart felt pity and possibly a pang of guilt because, very kindly, he gently ushered me round the ground but while England Cricket Team Take Part In Sport Relief Mile In Chittagonginterviewing me at the same time. The tables were well and truly turned! The triumph of completing the gruelling task was tempered by the fact that we were lapped by Ashley Giles, no less, but it was great fun and I am convinced Stuart was sweating more than me at the end. I did not have time to organise any sponsorship so if you can, please donate something at www.sportrelief.com and thanks to Stuart for being a good sport.

 

 

 


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With Geoffrey and our Christmas lunch host, Jenny TobinMark Webber talks cricket and F1Sir Geoff loves taking his bow, alongside Stephen Fry at the end of our West End debut With the skipper in trying circumstances: Sydney 2014Roy Hodgson seems to be getting hot under the collarSurely one of the least likely TMS visitors: Alice CooperEd Milliband recovers from meeting his childhood hero That's a SEVEN from Len GoodmanYikes! Who upset Heston? But he gave great advice on cooking perfect roastiesLily's back - taken on her second visitMy lovely wife on New Year's Eve 2013Funny man - David MitchellEric Clapton told some great stories about Ian BothamThe indomitable DJ Annie NightingaleKen Clarke wondering where he's put the key to his red boxMatch referee Jeff Crowe's cousinGary Neville loves his cricketMr Carson tells us about running Hampstead CCInterviewing the Prime Minister about the 2011riotsWarney!With Charlotte Edwards, the day before the Women's T20 final in Colombo 2012Gareth Edwards talks growing up in WalesThe wonderful Sir Tom Courtenay pops into the old box at Headingley...The unmistakeable Michael Palin reveals that Keith Miller was a Monty Python fanIan Lavender certainly was not a 'stupid boy' when he took a View from the Boundary at EdgbastonVaughan displays a dreadful technique as he rings the Lord's bell...followed by my good friend Simon Williams Viv at 60 - with his old mate BeefyYes, John McCririck looks even madder in the flesh. Here he is in the Brisbane heatHarry Potter and Draco Malfoy seem to be getting on OK at the OvalMiles Jupp once conned his way onto a tour of India posing as a reporter from BBC Scotland! And he even wrote a book about it: Fibber in the HeatPassing on some gentle advice about quantitative easingA real radio man - Ken BruceThe wonderful Tony Cozier, at home in Barbados

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A classic View: Hugh Cornwell – lead singer of the Stranglers

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Manchester United and England’s Gary Neville reflects brilliantly on the impact cricket has made on his life:

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Strictly Come Dancing judge, Len Goodman: a great story-teller

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The legendary broadcaster/DJ Annie Nightingale. What a character!

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Downton Abbey’s Mr Carson, and Hampstead CC Chairman, Jim Carter

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Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter, on his 18th birthday

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Days after the 2011 riots I interview the Prime Minister David Cameron at the Oval

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Leader of the Labour party, Ed Miliband meets his childhood hero

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One of my favourites – chatting to Elton John on his piano stool

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Eric Clapton brightens up a rainy morning at Lord’s with his stories about Ian Botham

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Rugby legend Gareth Edwards is my entertaining guest at Cardiff

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England are moments away from winning the Ashes in 2005, and Hugh Grant pops in for tea

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Great fun with Aussie comedian Adam Hills

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Lesley Garrett is quickly into full flow at Lord’s

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The interview everyone still talks about: pop star Lily Allen

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Two years later, Lily returns for tea with a husband, a cake and a bump

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Mark Webber takes us into the cockpit of his F1 racing car

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A perfect guest for lunch at Cardiff – Max Boyce

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Lunch with the ageless Nicholas Parsons

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A lovely session with Richie Benaud as he bows out of British TV

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Tea with England football coach Roy Hodgson

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The match referee’s cousin pays a visit to Lord’s: Russell Crowe

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John (Boycie) Challis takes an extended View from the Boundary at Edgbaston

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My favourite piece of commentary. Kerry O’ Keeffe and I watch Steve Waugh’s 100 in Sydney 2003

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Keane’s Tom Chaplin sings a beautiful solo at Old Trafford

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I have a great deal of experience in hosting corporate events, such as the two-day conference of the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit to mark its tenth anniversary of safeguarding children in sport, and the England and Wales Cricket Board’s annual OSCAs at Lord’s.

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The home of live sport on the radio. Listen to Test Match Special on 5 Live Sports Extra digitally and online <a href='http://www.bbc.co.uk/cricket' target='_blank' >www.bbc.co.uk/cricket</a>Read my column in Waitrose Weekend every Thursday. Alternatively visit my <a href='http://www.jonathanagnew.com/waitrose/'>Waitrose page to view PDFs</a> or <a href='https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/waitrose-weekend-ipad-edition/id592857902?mt=8' target='_blank'>download it as an iPad edition</a>.I am an ambassador for Green 4 Solutions. Green 4 Solutions is the CRM and ticketing market leader within the Sport and Leisure industry. Their joined-up solution has taken CRM to the next level by incorporating a world class fan loyalty programme and also through the development of a customer focused ticketing solution, built on the CRM platform. <a href='http://www.green4solutions.com' target='_blank'>www.green4solutions.com</a>I am the Ashes Ambassador for Sport Abroad. Visit <a href='http://www.sportabroad.co.uk' target='_blank'>www.sportabroad.co.uk</a> for details of how you can join England in Australia.Oporto is a sports management company with strong media and marketing skills, and an exceptional portfolio. They have designed and developed this superb website for me. <a href='http://www.oportosports.com' target='_blank'>www.oportosports.com</a>I am president of The Lord's Taverners East Midlands, a charity that aims to enhance the prospects of disadvantaged and disabled young people using cricket and other forms of sport and recreation to engage with them. <a href='http://www.lordstaverners.org' target='_blank'>www.lordstaverners.org</a>I am a patron for Edgar's Gift, a Leicester based charity which helps young adults suffering with cancer. <a href='http://www.edgarsgift.co.uk' target='_blank'>www.edgarsgift.co.uk</a>Many thanks to Philip Brown in providing the majority of the photos for this website. Follow Philip on Twitter<a href='http://www.twitter.com/dudleyplatypus' target='_blank'>@dudleyplatypus</a> <a href='http://www.philipbrownphotos.com/' target='_blank'>www.philipbrownphotos.com</a>Jane Morgan Management is a talent agency which was set up to provide a first-class service to sports broadcasters. Established in 1997, the company is proud to represent many of the industry's leading figures - including Aggers! <a href='http://www.janemorganmgt.com' target='_blank'>www.janemorganmgt.com</a>Veuve Clicquot very kindly sponsor the Brian Johnston Champagne Moment of every Test. <a href='http://www.veuve-clicquot.com' target='_blank'>www.veuve-clicquot.com</a> Blue Door is an imprint of Harper Collins and will publish my Anthology on July 4th. <a href='http://www.harpercollins.co.uk/about-harpercollins/Imprints/blue-door/' target='_blank'>www.harpercollins.co.uk</a>Dickinson and Morris has been supplying TMS with pork pies for years, despite Ian Botham launching regular raids from the Sky commentary box. <a href='http://www.porkpie.co.uk' target='_blank'>www.porkpie.co.uk</a>The stop smoking services support people in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland who want to stop smoking. <a href='http://www.ballstostop.co.uk' target='_blank'>www.ballstostop.co.uk</a>Grange Hotels, provides luxury London hotel accommodation, hospitality and events services for the most discerning guest. <a href='http://www.grangehotels.com/' target='_blank'>www.grangehotels.com</a>

 

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My events and books

Aggers and Boycott

TheatreThese theatre evenings have proved to be a great success. So far we have played to sell-out audiences at The Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, London. Nottingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Harrogate, Leicester, Birmingham and Liverpool, and we have the following dates booked for 2014. I am hopeful that others will be added to the list:

Monday Sept 22nd: Southampton Guildhall

Thurs Sept 25th: York Barbican

 

“Great night at the City Hall with Aggers and Boycs on sparkling form. Real warmth, genuine chemistry and friendship evident on stage…”

“Fabulous evening. Insights, wisdom and wonderful humour. Not laughed so much in ages. Thank you all.”

 

 

Aggers and Graeme Swann: Nottingham July 3rd

Here’s an evening not to missed. Straight from the England dressing room and onto the stage, Graeme Swann is one of modern cricket’s great characters with many a tale to tell. The venue is the majestic Nottingham Theatre Royal on July 3rd.

 

 

Aggers and Sunil Gavaskar: Leicester September 6th

Sunil Gavaskar is one of the true legends of the game. A diminutive opening batsman, ‘Sunny’ did battle with the fastest bowlers of his time from Lillee and Thomson to the fearsome West Indian pace attack of the 1980′s. Always opinionated, Sunil will give a fascinating insight into the game and not least the impact of the Indian Premier League. The venue is Leicester’s de Montfort Hall and this is likely to be a one-off event.

 

 

Aggers and Tuffers

Phil Tufnell and I are planning more theatre evenings in 2014. I will post details here.

“Cracking evening with Aggers and Tuffers at Windsor theatre tonight. Very, very entertaining.”

“Just seen the next big comedy double act, Aggers and Tuffers: brilliant evening thank you!”    
 

 

a-modern-anthologyCricket: A Modern Anthology

In this wide-ranging and beautifully-produced anthology, I have chosen a wide variety of writings on the sport that has consumed my life, from the 1932/33 Ashes (Bodyline) series right up to the present day. In a series of carefully considered, thematically organised reflections, I examine the importance of their contribution to our understanding and appreciation of cricket. With input from several eminent cricketing historians, including the librarian at Lord’s, the book contains a fascinating range of material, from renowned classics to books that have hardly seen the light of day in the United Kingdom (e.g. The Hanse Cronje Story by Garth King); from overseas fiction to modern day autobiographies (Marcus Trescothick, Simon Hughes, Mike Brearley etc.) that have attained classic status. With 75 seminal cricket images, original line drawings and a comprehensive index, this book is a must-have for any self-respecting cricket fan.

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thanksThanks, Johnners: An Affectionate Tribute to a Broadcasting Legend

Thanks Johnners is a warm tribute to my mentor Brian Johnston and his time at the helm of Test Match Special.

The on-air incident, in which my comment on Ian Botham’s attempt to avoid stepping on his stumps – “He just couldn’t quite get his leg over” provoking prolonged fits of giggles – most notably from Johnners – has been voted the greatest piece of sporting commentary ever. The friendship between myself and Brian became immortalised through that broadcasting classic, but there was a deeper bond between us, as this book reveals.

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aggers-ashesAggers’ Ashes

This is in effect my personal diary of my experiences in Australia in 2010/2011 – when England finally won the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 24 years. With additional contributions from the best BBC cricket bloggers and the resident TMS statistician, Aggers’ Ashes is the only companion you will need to relive those wonderful days when history was made Down Under.

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over-to-youOver to You, Aggers

The world of cricket has seen many ups and downs since my autobiography was first published back in 1997. This substantially updated edition of the book features my thoughts on the Cronje bribery scandal; the loss of the BBC televised coverage to Channel 4; England’s failures at the 1999 World Cup, in South Africa and against the Australians in 2001; and their successes against the West Indies and Pakistan. This book takes the reader on an odyssey around the cricketing world.

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8-days-a-week8 Days a Week: Diary of a Professional Cricketer

An honest but entertaining account of a county cricketer’s life on the road.

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