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101 appearances for England across the two white-ball formats and a World Cup winners medal to show for his travails.... a pioneer in becoming a truly global franchise cricketer.... and somebody who has played cricket with and against some of the biggest names in the game.... Luke Wright joins the lads to chew the fat, talk IPL, PSL, BBL and the ill-fated Allen Stanford match. Into his 22nd season as a professional, Luke loves the game - settle in for a good quality chat with Chris and Greggy who are excited by the prospect of seeing cricket at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in the coming weeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The day after Super Jos Buttler is named as Eoin Morgan's successor as the England white-ball captain... we sit down with him and hear from him!! From the IPL to his chances of playing red-ball cricket again.... this episode is a belter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Matty Fisher took a wicket with his second delivery in Test cricket in the West Indies on his debut.... what a way to do it... though let's be honest, long before that he was already a Barmy Army favourite after his interactions in the field with the fans... and the fact that he just looks like he LOVES every single minute of it. He's a great lad too... Chris and Greggy have a great long chat with him whilst unfortunately he's on the sidelines with yet another injury. But he's chipper, funny, engaging.... and could've chatted all day. He discusses debuting so young, playing for England and also of course gives us his ideal cricket tea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit



Kevin Pietersen the cricketer was one of the greatest players ever to play the game. He was brash, swashbuckling, creative, innovative, destructive, gritty and brilliant. Kevin Pietersen the pundit, commentator.... is still many of those traits listed above, but he polarises opinion far more than many would realise! Even so, just like he did in an England shirt, he wears his heart on his sleeve and never ducks a delivery. He's a great listen... and he's our guest on this week's episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
As we ramp up the brilliant catalogue of star names in the game of cricket... one of the best blokes we've ever had on the podcast, former West Indies skipper Jason Holder joins us on The Shackles Are Off... discussing everything from the IPL to Amsterdam, Northants to sledging.  He gives us his favourite cricket tea, too.  Remember to get in touch with us Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Back on the trail... We're here on a new run of episodes talking to (now friend of the pod?!) and exciting young Lancashire quick Saqib Mahmood... who's loved his first experience of playing abroad with England in the whites in front of the Barmy Army. Saq talks IPL, playing for England, sledging.... and having the best batting average of any England player at the moment. FACT.  Get in touch with us as ever AND AS MENTIONED IN THE INTRO.... WIN A TRIP FOR 2 WORTH £2,000 to AMSTERDAM NEXT MONTH COURTESY OF Towergate Insurance! This amazing Barmy Travel package includes; * Guaranteed official tickets to sit with the Barmy Army for the first two ODIs   * 4 nights in a choice of 3★, 4★ and 5★ accommodation * Return international flights, plus airport & stadium transfers * An invitation to join our exclusive Barmy Travel Cricket Forum * The Barmy Travel Netherlands tour shirt * Welcome drinks on arrival Get a quote for a policy through Towergate Insurance for your home cover or travel insurance before 5pm on the 13th of May and you’ll be entered into the prize draw. Go to for your quote and your entry will be automatic from that link! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We pay tribute to the legendary Shane Keith Warne.  Rest in Peace. We only wished you were English.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
HARMY - Steve Harmison

HARMY - Steve Harmison


Don't know how we've not had Harmy on before.... he basically does the podcast for us... we could talk to him all day every day about everything...!! '05 Ashes winner, legend... football manager.... we cover a lot of ground here! Get stuck in, and enjoy!   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
249 Test wickets... 20+  years in the commentary box for Sky Sports. Michael Holding though, the all-conquering, fearsome and dominant fast-bowler and brilliant silky broadcaster, is a lot more than that. He, alongside Ebony Rainford-Brent, drew praise from around the globe... not just in cricket... but all sports... for their powerful words on their experiences of racism and strong endorsement of the BLM movement.   Mikey's gone on to write a book, which is the topic of much of this episode, before hanging up his mic last year.  When Michael Holding speaks... you listen.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
GILLY - Adam Gilchrist

GILLY - Adam Gilchrist


A legend of the game... multiple Ashes, World Cups, IPL star... and one of the most destructive wicket-keeper batsmen ever to grace a field... Adam Gilchrist giving up an hour of his time to talk on the podcast was very bloody welcome indeed.  He chats about everything from playing in the posh suburbs of South London, to that famous 05 Ashes series... to how his media career has given him a bit of an awakening when it comes to folk asking for selfies. Remember to share, subscribe and rate the podcast. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
So... December... right through to now... Izzy Wetbury's got a good job hasn't she? She's been in Australia since the start of the cricketing winter got under way, and she's still there!  And that job she's got.... she's not half bad at it either... whether it be writing columns, podcasting, appearing on BT Sport or mugging the Aussies off on Triple M - she nails it. We tear her away from the St Kilda sunshine for a chat about all things Ashes, women's and mens, The Hundred and plenty more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Whilst the West Indies T20 five match series is on going... it marks the first time we've had England fans flying anywhere to watch England play cricket for over 2 years.... how bloody exciting!! We're chuffed to be out there... well... one member of the podcast team is..... Chris is one lucky get....  Plus, NordVPN allows you to access UK content abroad - One of our BT travel clients signed up to make sure he didn't miss the big local derby for his football team back home!    Use the coupon code BarmyArmy at the checkout to get 73% off and 1 extra month FREE!    That's and use discount code BarmyArmy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Matt Smith has been all over our TV's for years and years across BBC, ITV and more recently he's become our friend in the middle of the night... anchoring BT Sports' coverage of the Ashes.  He talks teething problems for the coverage, sleep patterns.... and THAT little bit of beef between Sir Alistair Cook and Moeen Ali last week.  Plus hear what he does when he's not on air! Chris and Greggy reflect on the drawn Test match... and also another staggering amount of money raised for Jane McGrath Foundation at the Pink Test.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
When the legendary Glenn McGrath rolled his ankle at Edgbaston in 2005... it changed the whole series, and perhaps English cricket forever... and that in itself speaks volumes about the impact that the great man had on his sport spearheading that exceptional Australian attack in the late 90's and early 00's. In his career he's experienced incredible highs, tragic lows, and has been a great role model for young cricketers all around the globe for the best part of 3 decades.  He joins the podcast to talk about the Pink Test, at the SCG.. and the reasons around why it's Pink, and how it came about... plus a nod to county cricket... and of course a nod back to Edgbaston. Reminder to buy your virtual seat for the Pink Test, it’s $20 aus dollars (just over £10) and all proceeds go to the McGrath Foundation Buy now at (CM did this last year)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
What. A. Session. And no I'm not talking about the all-night party at Greenwood Sports Bar last night... we're talking purely in terms of what brilliant work that was from Rooty and Malan at the Gabba! In with a fighting chance of a result thanks to those two... up the lads. Chris and Greggy chew the fat, whilst Producer Chuck gets stuck into Gladstone Small and some of the other punters from yet again another awesome night supporting the lads! ----more---- Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Welcome along to day 2 of the ashes here on the shackles are off.... daily.... we promised you daily, trying to bring you that ashes experience as best as we can through out this series.... now.... England still in with a fighting chance...? We hear from fans at the second of our overnight party's, this time from Sixes in Manchester.  Join (lazy get) Greggy and star man Chris Millard.... who's pulling another all nighter.... speaking to fans... from Leeds Beckett men's cricket.... Finchy our legendary trumpeter.... another legend in Abbie who was doing her dissertation whilst it was the lunchbreak at the overnight party..... and Ashley.... who is a top top top man..... the only Englishman to have flown over from the UK for the Ashes! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
IT IS FINALLY HERE!!! The Ashes got off to a start..... (a tricky one).... AND here you can experience the full thing... behind the scenes with Ashes legend Monty Panesar, as well as a whole host of other guests who stayed up all night with the Barmy Army to watch Day 1 from the Gabba! Unconditional support, and here Chris does a sterling job chatting to punters from across the country for their take! To see how we're celebrating the start of the Ashes, head to our usual social channels.... and UP THE ENGLAND! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Matt Root. He was once quoted as being a farmer on Billy Root's Wikipedia page. He isn't a farmer by trade... we asked Billy about it... 'He farms cricketers.' And boy does he! Not only that, he's a great man, who's done more touring away from home and mixing it with the Barmy Army than most... he joins the lads for a chat ahead of watching his son Joe captain for the second time Down Under. Not long to go now! Remember to subscribe and tell your pals all about the pod...! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26 years ago a load of backpackers went on tour, armed with passion for watching cricket.... and not a lot else... and The Barmy Army was born! A man right at the very forefront of that was Paul Burnham. He's on the pod with the lads (finally) to chat to the lads about touring, how it all started, and obviously... some belting tales!! ------ The countdown to the Ashes is on!!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Shackles Are Off's Ashes coverage starts right here. With the aim of doing a podcast Daily throughout the Ashes... the lads start their journey in the best possible way... taking the p*ss out of the Aussies.... Join James Gregg, Chris Millard.... and the Crying Aussie and Tim Payne Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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