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BBC put Daily Service on Radio 4 instead of England cricket win in India

Cricket listeners miss historic series win …again! Daily Service took Radio 4 priority over India triumph after Ashes blackout

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UPDATED:

18:19 GMT, 17 December 2012

TMS's Jonathan Agnew welcomed listeners back at 10am, after the match had finished

TMS's Jonathan Agnew welcomed listeners back at 10am, after the match had finished

Cricket fans once again missed the climax of a historic England series win on the radio today – and this time they were listening to a hymn instead.

Nearly two years ago, some fans missed the moment England clinched their first Ashes series win in Australia for nearly a quarter of a century because Radio 4 Long Wave was broadcasting the shipping forecast.

This time round, as England secured a first series win in India since 1985, the Daily Service was taking place.

Admittedly there was an inevitability about events on Monday, with the fourth Test in Nagpur heading for a draw long before the end of the final day’s play.

Radio bosses will still have been cursing their luck however, with the final ball of the Test bowled at around 9.50am UK time, just as the Daily Service was being broadcast.

It was left to the BBC’s cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew to welcome listeners back at around 10am, with news that the game had finished, and England had laid another cricketing ghost to rest.

There are other ways of listening to the BBC’s radio coverage of cricket, including the digital station 5 Live Sports Extra and online. Many listeners however will still only have access to the cricket via Radio 4 Long Wave on their analogue sets.

It goes to show once again that in the hallowed world of Radio 4, no sporting event can interfere with the daily schedule.

Matt Prior celebrates the historic win with Sussex teammate Monty Panesar

Matt Prior celebrates the historic win with Sussex teammate Monty Panesar

About time too, Viv tells Windies hero Ramdin after he hits out at former skipper

About time too, Viv tells Windies hero Ramdin after he hits out at former skipper

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UPDATED:

22:21 GMT, 10 June 2012

Sir Viv Richards hit back after West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin taunted him with a hand-written message as he celebrated a century in the third Investec Test at Edgbaston.

Described by Richards as looking ‘totally lost’ earlier in the tour, Ramdin hurled down his bat, gloves and helmet and produced a piece of paper which said: ‘YEA VIV TALK NAH’.

Richards retorted: ‘If you give someone enough chances eventually he will get the job done.’ He told BBC radio’s Test Match Special listeners: ‘I’m not sure why he did that. But what I do know is that the hundred was a long time coming.

About time too: Viv Richards hit back at Denesh Ramdin

About time too: Viv Richards hit back at Denesh Ramdin

Hitting out: Denesh Ramdin held a sign after hitting his hundred aimed at Sir Viv Richards

Hitting out: Denesh Ramdin held a sign after hitting his hundred aimed at Sir Viv Richards

‘Let’s not forget this hundred has been in a losing series. If you’re losing a football match 5-0 and you score a goal in the 90th minute, you wouldn’t be jumping for joy. I set my standards a little higher than that.’

Ramdin, who added 143 for the last wicket with No 11 Tino Best, said: ‘I got a bit emotional. I’d been out of Test cricket for a while, and what Viv said was a bit hurtful.

But he’s a legend of Caribbean cricket and I still look up to him.’ West Indies wicketkeeper came in for further criticism from fast-bowling legend Michael Holding, who told Sky Sports: ‘If I was the manager of the team I would be having a word with that player and he would be getting a fine.

‘I am not saying this because Viv was my former captain.

‘That is simply unbecoming behaviour from a player.’

Meanwhile, Kevin Pietersen defended his decision to retire from one-day internationals, saying the schedule had threatened his love for the game and insisting he had no regrets.

‘You can’t carry on doing it all,’ he said after making 78 on Sunday.

I can't do it all: Kevin Pietersen defended his decision to quit one day cricket

I can't do it all: Kevin Pietersen defended his decision to quit one day cricket

‘I play every form of the game plus the IPL and I’ll have the Champions League in October. Apart from MS Dhoni, I’ve played more days of cricket than anyone in the world in the last seven years.

‘I can’t play at my peak and, when you train every day, you fall out of love with the game.

‘I want to play until I’m 35.’

Pietersen intends to play three Twenty20 matches and one championship match for Surrey ahead of the first Test against South Africa, starting on July 19, and insisted he still wants to help England defend their World Twenty20 crown in September.

‘I hope a compromise can be found,’ he said.’