The 1997 Ridiculous Ashes – all six episodes

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Hopefully you’re aware that we (Alex Bowden and Dan Liebke) are doing The Ridiculous Ashes Podcast. Series 1 is about the 1997 series and you can find all six episodes below.

The Ridiculous Ashes is an alternative trophy that is awarded to the side that produces the most hilarious and absurd cricket across an Ashes series. We first did it as a written thing over at Cricket 365 for the 2019 series.

You’ll find embeds of the episodes in Series 1 further down this page.

You can also subscribe through whatever podcasting thing you use.

We’ve done a couple more series since too.

1st Test

In this premiere episode of The Ridiculous Ashes Podcast, Dan and Alex revisit the 1st Test of the 1997 Ashes. Surprise hundreds, Nasser Hussain having a go at himself, Jason Gillespie batting with a runner – it’s all in there.

2nd Test

Dan and Alex return to Lord’s for the 2nd Test of the 1997 Ridiculous Ashes. In between all the rain, they discuss the fair-mindedness of Ian Healy, a heroic lack of Alec Stewart action, some Waugh-Warne Hindsight Corner and much more.

3rd Test

Dan and Alex brave the hot Manchester sun to bring you ridiculousness from the 3rd Test of the 1997 Ashes. This episode features the art of the collapse, pointlessness from John Crawley, the filthiness of Michael Bevan’s bowling and plenty more.

4th Test

It’s the 4th Test of the 1997 Ridiculous Ashes and Dan and Alex are here to lay some truth upon you about pantomime cow hostility, Australian street hustles and awkward discussions with one Test wonders. Plus: how Curtly Ambrose could have been one of Test cricket’s greatest batters.

5th Test

Dan and Alex revisit the 5th Test of the 1997 Ashes to bring you tales of madcap team selection, pitch doctoring and one very elegant forward defensive. Plus: Shane Warne’s definitive off-field moment.

6th Test

The sixth and final Test of the 1997 Ridiculous Ashes, in which Alex and Dan compare England favourably to peak Simpsons, discuss whether replicants should be allowed to play Test cricket and heroically resist the urge to make jokes about Shane Warne’s overnight groin injury.

Series 2 of the Ridiculous Ashes covers the 2013/14 series. You can find that here.


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  1. I enjoyed this episode. However, reading the word ‘Whooshkaa’ has made me feel slightly nauseous.

  2. The podcast made me hunt around on the internet to try and find footage of Healy’s stumping, but I failed to find it 🙁

    Enjoying the podcast so far though.

      1. The microphone will theoretically be yours, obviously.

        In practice, though, it will reside in The Lord’s Museum for posterity. No individual or institution (with all due respect, least of all you) can be trusted with possession of such an important artefact.

      2. In that case please will Lord’s provide a replacement. Ideally one with both ear bits and not just the one because the other had an office chair roll over it some time ago.

      3. The tradition is to provide the winner with a replica that has no utility but is an attractive memento. The Awards Committee sees no reason to break with tradition on this occasion.

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