Test Match Special

Test Match Special ( TMS as frequently abbreviated ) is a sports broadcast of the BBC's radio broadcasting, will be broadcast live in the Cricket Test matches and One- Day Internationals of the English team.


The games including breaks are transferred completely live since 1956. Thus, the shipment takes about 7.5 hours each day to complete, in test matches on five consecutive days. Away games are based on local time, not time-shifted sent. The transfer was originally on the medium-wave frequencies of BBC Radio 3 as these had to be abandoned on 29 February 1992 because they were to be auctioned off to private radio operator, there was a reduction of the program since only on VHF in addition to the other programs should be broadcast by Radio 3. Because of protests, which also included the British Prime Minister John Major, the BBC but finally decided to a two- division of the consignment: Morning Test Match Special was broadcast on Radio 3, and in the afternoon the program was continued on BBC Radio 5 Live. Today, TMS is sent on the long wave frequencies of BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra digitally and on the Internet.

Beginning of 2012 has its exclusive broadcast rights for cricket extended by six years to 2019, the BBC.

Many visitors of the game hear the transmission by means of headphones. Even with the television transmission is often heard instead of the sound of the television program TMS.

The title tune, which is played every show at the beginning and end, is an excerpt from "Soul Limbo " by the American soul band Booker T. & the MG's. She is familiar to most cricket fans around the world.

During the lunch break, the Saturdays of the test matches in England an interview is always conducted with a person from different areas of public life ( View from the boundary ). In the summer of 2007, even the German footballer Dietmar Hamann was a guest in order to " come out" as Cricketfan to.


The team is the one of several, usually three, told reporters that alternate every 20 minutes as a commentator. One of the reporters usually comes here from the land of the opposing team. Known reporters are Jonathan Agnew, who played matches for England itself in three test, Christopher Martin- Jenkins and Henry Blofeld.

In addition, several co- commentators, mostly former cricketers from both countries involved. Scorer was from 1966 to 2008, the late Bill Frindall. He had the nickname "the Bearded Wonder " (engl.: the bearded wonder ) because he was able to perform a perfect scorecards, and simultaneously to determine within a very short time even completely obscure statistics and data which it then again and again in the current radio report introduced. The show was produced from 1973 to 2007 by Peter Baxter, who is also occasionally worked as a reporter.


The show has a distinctive style, which is known to all cricket fans around the world. Many reporters and commentators as well as Frindall nickname. They have developed a special ability is to bridge even during breaks because of rain or bad light through discussions, recaps and reports on peripheral issues.

For many years, various cakes, the reporter received regularly sent by the listening, which are then eaten each and evaluated during the reportage. Even Queen Elizabeth II is said to have let bake a fruit cake ever for the TMS team.