The penny drops podcast: Cricket careers, overcoming challenges and life in lockdown


In this bonus episode of 'The penny drops', recorded as an official part of Royal London’s title sponsorship of One-Day International Cricket, our host Andrea Fox speaks to two English cricket stars, Jonny Bairstow and Ebony Rainford-Brent.

What will we be talking about?

This month we speak about everything from career highs and lows, and lessons learned, to life in lockdown and keeping fit and healthy during the coronavirus outbreak. We cover:

  • Career highlights, goals and ambitions.
  • Overcoming challenges to stay focused and determined.
  • Creating more opportunities for BAME people, women and children in cricket. 
  • How life and daily routines have changed in lockdown, and managing those challenges.
  • Tips to keep fit and healthy at home.
  • Practising cricket skills off the pitch.

Who are our guests?

Jonny Bairstow plays domestically for Yorkshire and internationally for England, and was part of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup winning team. Also a World Cup winner, Ebony Rainford-Brent was captain of the Surrey women’s team and the first black woman to play for the England team.

All views and opinions expressed in the podcast are those of the guest and not of Royal London.

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This month’s episode was recorded in May 2020 during the coronavirus outbreak. For up-to-date information and guidance from the Government, please visit

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