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Short Fine Legs

Welcome to Short Fine Legs. A cricket podcast that spits off a length into the corridor of uncertainty. A tantalising delivery of hostile snorters that gets tongues wagging like errantly wafting bats. Mostly it's just jargon. Daniel Gallan is a freelance journalist who has spent too much of his life watching highlights of Brian Lara and poring over old scorecards. Join him and an array of guests from the world of cricket.
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51 Episodes
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Quitnon goes. Whats Next .

With Quinton de Kock retiring from Test cricket, South Africa have lost one of their few genuine world class talents. Can Temba Bavuma make the step up and become the rock in the middle order?See for privacy information.
2 Jan 2022 12 min

The legacy question

Is an athlete just an athlete? Can we ignore their politics, their views on class and race, or their role in a toxic environment that plagues a nation's sport? These are difficult questions but they are worth considering when analysing the likes of AB de Villiers, Graeme Smith, Mark Boucher…
21 Dec 2021 11 min

The Netherlands? Yes, the Netherlands.

South Africa take on the Dutch, but rather than feel resentment and a need for revenge as we do whenever whenever our other former colonial master is in town, the men in orange will be greeted with curiosity and a little confusion. Helping to form a clearer picture is Bertus…
26 Nov 2021 34 min

Proteas must find Dutch courage

A 3-0 win over the Netherlands is a the least we should expect from South Africa. It's a bold new approach that we'd like to see. Helping Dan find out if this experimental side is up to the task is Mpho Mutloane.See for privacy information.
18 Nov 2021 27 min

Hey CSA play fast and loose with reality

The Proteas performed admirably but still came up short. That's much we can stomach. What we can't digest is the narrative that results don't matter. Cricket South Africa's misguided tweet is an insult to fans and does the important push for transformation a disservice.See for privacy information.
12 Nov 2021 12 min

Eng v SA T20 WC with our friend - Nick Friend

South Africa are going through to the semis! At least they will if they beat England on Saturday in what is surely the most challenging task in world cricket right now. Finding out how they can/will achieve this, Dan spoke to Nick Friend, journalist at the Cricketer Magazine. they unpacked…
5 Nov 2021 27 min

South Africa with destiny in their own hands

It was Miller's time against Sri Lanka as the big hitting lefty lived up to the promise to deliver the goods. That means the Proteas are the masters of their own destiny. Can they drag themselves to an unlikely semi-final spot? What awaits in the form of Bangladesh? And what…
1 Nov 2021 19 min

Can South Africa win the T20 World Cup

Dan rides solo as he asks, and answers, the question on the lips of every Proteas fan. Sure, they can win the thing, but how?See for privacy information.
14 Oct 2021 12 min

Paul Adams: Part 2

In this second episode of our special on Paul Adams, Dan makes a the case that the chubby wrist spinner with an alien action is arguably South Africa's most iconic cricketer of the modern age. But it wasn't all clear sailing. Unfair comparisons with Shane Warne, a change in leadership…
15 Sep 2021 16 min

Paul Adams: Part 1

In this episode Daniel Gallan takes a look back at the extraordinary career of a cricketing legend Paul Adams. the enigmatic leg-spinner captured the hearts of the South African public and this episode shines a light on some of the special moments.See for privacy information.
15 Sep 2021 20 min

SJN Hearings with Simnikiwe Xabanisa.

What comes next for South African cricket? This is a watershed moment for South African cricket. The SJN Hearings have rocked the foundations of the game in the country and now assistant coach Enoch Nkwe has left his post. Helping Dan and Nons unpack this mess is award winning journalist…
29 Aug 2021 37 min

Enoch Nkwe Part 2

In the second episode of a special two part interview, The Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe chats to Dan and Nons about his experience learning and coaching overseas and the impact he looks to make in helping the Proteas attain a trophy in 2023. See for privacy information.
17 Mar 2021 46 min

Enoch Nkwe Part 1

In the first episode of a special two part interview, The Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe chats to Dan and Nons about life in cricket. Here he unpacks his early days growing up in Soweto, the cultural challenges of moving to St. Stithians High School and how childhood trauma has…
7 Mar 2021 43 min

CSA's T20 Challenge

Dan, Nons and Simmi preview the knockout rounds of the CSA T20 Challenge and look back on a tournament that asked more questions than it answered - which is a good thing for a podcast. Should Keshav Maharaj go to the World Cup? How many spinners need to play in…
27 Feb 2021 41 min

Mental health, Faf's gone & CSA T20 Challenge

It's a packed show as Dan and Nons say goodbye to Faf du Plessis the Test cricketer and hello to the CSA T20 Challenge. But more importantly, they discuss the important subject of mental health in the game and call out some senior journalists who owe more than a few…
17 Feb 2021 41 min

Crisis! What crisis!

Nons is back to unpack the disappointing Test series defeat to Pakistan as well as the less disappointing defeat to Pakistan in the first T20 international. The fellas try and insert some calm and nuance into the fiery debate while still reserving just enough sting to keep the first-shakers satisfied.See…
12 Feb 2021 37 min

Pak v SA- Test 2, Day 2

Like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, Simmi and Dan have reached their breaking point after seeing the same scene play out yet again. South Africa bowl well, struggle with the bat and now face a mountain in Asia. You've heard this on before, haven't you?See for privacy information.
5 Feb 2021 12 min

Wayne Parnell and the Northern Warriors!

He's represented his country 111 times and played around the world for teams based in England, India, Canada, Pakistan and the USA. Now in the UAE, Wayne Parnell is taking hat-ticks and standing out in the T10 Super League in Abu Dhabi. With a new head of blonde hair, he…
3 Feb 2021 25 min

Pakistan Daily: 1st Test Recap

Dan and Simmi come from different worlds, but if there is one thing that can united them, it is another disappointing performance from the Proteas in Asia. Credit to Pakistan of course, but loads to think about as South Africa go 0-1 down in the series.See for privacy information.
29 Jan 2021 14 min

Pakistan Daily: 1st Test, Day 3

There are Test matches when nothing happens, there are five overs of spin against South Africa when series happen - Vladimir Lenin. (Not really, that's from Dan. He's joined by Simmi who did his best from his car).See for privacy information.
28 Jan 2021 13 min
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