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The Analyst Inside Cricket

Sharp analysis and opinion from the cricket world with Simon Hughes, The Analyst and the BBC’s Simon Mann, featuring comment, analysis, interviews with international players and celebrity guests.

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About The Analyst Inside Cricket

Simon Hughes – aka the Analyst – and Simon Mann founded this podcast in 2017 with the aim of offering weekly insight into international and domestic cricket and interviewing prominent players. Both Simons have covered the game for 30 years on national TV and radio and the idea of the podcast is to analyse performance, give opinion, extract insights from the players themselves and forecast what might be going to happen over the coming days. Sometimes they also produce themed specials like an episode on mental health and another on innovation. They produce daily pods when England are playing Test matches. There have been over 300 episodes and the podcast is regularly top of the Apple cricket podcast charts.

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Simon Hughes

Simon Hughes

Simon Hughes was a professional cricketer for Middlesex and Durham winning nine titles including 4 county championships before retiring in 1994 to work in the media. He has written 10 books on cricket including the award-winning A Lot of Hard Yakka, voted one of the best sports books ever written, contributes regular columns to the Sunday Times and is executive editor of The Cricketer Magazine. But he is perhaps best known for his work on TV as The Analyst, explaining the nuances of the game to the knowledgeable and the uninitiated.
Simon Mann

Simon Mann

Simon Mann is one of the best-known voices on Test Match Special for whom he has commentated for more than two decades, having started working with the BBC in 1993. He is also often heard hosting the cricket coverage on BT sport. Apart from his cricketing expertise he also reports on football and rugby for the BBC and also commentates on Dutch football. He is a lifelong Gloucestershire CCC and Bristol City fan and an aspiring novelist.

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