This month, England’s twin tyros Ben Stokes and Gary Ballance get together to talk Test tons, Cook, and heading Mitch’s bumpers, while elsewhere we study India’s wonder kid Cheteshwar Pujara, hear from Graeme Swann about his life – old and new – discover how a spot-fix really works and relive the best of the iconic partnership between Andy Roberts and Michael Holding.
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“I’d have loved to stay on. I was told I couldn’t stay on. It was very much, ‘As soon as you are finished, you have to leave’”
Find out who told Swanny to do one, and much more besides, in his candid interview with Ed Kemp
“Doug (Bollinger) and a few of the lads went to Rob Key’s for a barbeque and one night Rob even took us shooting. Absolutely loved it. I need to get myself some tweed…”
AOC diarist Ravi Bopara talks through his month, including photographic evidence of the meaty goings-on as Essex faced Kent in the County Championship
“At the moment it feels like we’re doing mammoth stints in the field and then not playing well at all with the bat. A total double-whammy”
Regular columnist and Northants skipper Stephen Peters talks through the highs and lows of his team’s return to the top flight
“My cover’s blown. Now the whole place knows. I’m an imposter, a stooge, an autograph-scribbling phoney”
Editor Phil Walker tells the story of playing in a team of Lashings legends. The question is, did he get off the mark?
“I think the composure Gaz has for a guy of his age is very good. You can tell from watching him play that he’s got that, and if I could have that, I reckon I’d be alright”
Ben Stokes discusses Gary Ballance (and himself) in a fascinating joint interview with two of the most promising talents likely to define England’s new era
“Pujara’s first triple century came at the age of 12”
Indian run-machine Cheteshwar Pujara is set to follow in Rahul Dravid’s glittering footsteps on English soil this summer. The ‘New Wall’ is interviewed and profiled this month
“Most people will say that they didn’t think twice before reporting it, but I thought about it. You have a potential life-changing bit of money that will secure your family, and all you have to do is tell this bloke a bit about the team?”
Cricketers open up as we explain and explore the spot-fixing issue from top to bottom, and look back to a chat we once had with Lou Vincent
“Fat, middle-aged men must always field in the slips”
The Rules of Club Cricket
“Andy was dynamic. He got those Chappells out on so many occasions but of course, they weren’t given”
Best mates Andy Roberts and Mikey Holding look back on the good old days and discuss the magic of one of the game’s most potent partnerships (theirs)
“Horse, you’re playing”
Simon Jones remembers Matt Maynard’s inspiring words on his Glamorgan debut, along with nine more career-defining moments
“I see a lot of young players who have a poor grip – that puts them in trouble before they’ve started”
Mark Ramprakash explains, step-by-step, the fundamentals of batting (Look out for our video series of the masterclass, coming soon)
“It’s fascinating; you’re taking a raw material and turning it into something else, adding value to what is in effect a lump of wood”
Master bat maker at Salix Andrew Kember talks through the passion that’s kept him pod shaving for 30 years
“There are plenty of people working tirelessly to ensure that you can remain afloat but it is bloody hard”
David Lloyd discusses modern-day challenges for recreational clubs, in our profile on his beloved Accrington CC
“In any decision I think, ‘What would Margaret Beckett do?’”
Devon Malcolm gives possibly the finest set of answers to our 21 Questions yet