All Out Cricket: Issue 116

All Out Cricket: Issue 116

In the latest issue of All Out Cricket, we speak exclusively to Eoin Morgan about his hopes of a Test recall, our new diarist Ravi Bopara gives us the lowdown on his last month and Graeme Smith reflects on his favourite battles. Elsewhere, we weigh up England’s spin options, speaking to arguably the frontrunner to replace Swann, Simon Kerrigan. 

The latest issue of All Out Cricket is available in WHSmith and all decent newsagents from May 8. And don’t forget, we’ve also got a new digital edition, which you can subscribe to here. Just in case you need some more convincing, here are a few highlights to whet the appetite…

Eoin Morgan exclusive interview

“The fact that I play a lot of international cricket should be taken into consideration because I’m playing against the same bowlers in a one-day game as I would be in a Test. If you can succeed at that level, I think it holds a lot more weight than playing county cricket”
Eoin Morgan makes his case for Test selection

“In my first season of first-class cricket, all I used to hear was, ‘This guy needs to change his technique’ and ‘This kid needs to change his grip’. There wasn’t a commentator or journalist who didn’t make reference to my batting style”
Graeme Smith on finding success through unorthodoxy 

“As a three-year-old, all my boy wanted was to see the T-Rex which, fair play to him, I was all about seeing as well. If I’m honest, it was more for me than him”
A month in the life of Ravi Bopara in his brand-new diary for AOC 

“If I’d not played that Test, I would have just kept going along and, you never know, I might not have got the opportunity until I was 28 or 29. For the selectors to find out then that your action could let you down is not ideal, so I’m definitely a lot better for having that experience and opportunity”
Simon Kerrigan takes the positives from his nightmare debut last summer as he seeks a second chance

“From Salisbury’s last Test in 2000 to Borthwick’s first in 2014, English leg-spin at the top level comprised 18 wicketless overs”
Richard H Thomas explores the terribly awkward romance between England and the leg-spinner

“You can knock county cricket, and plenty do, but standing in the middle of New Road on the first morning of a match was a rare pleasure; the sun’s out, the fans are beginning to settle in and it’s exciting, it really is”
Henry Cowen spent three days, fly-on-the-wall style, shadowing Worcestershire as they prepared for their first home Championship fixture of the summer

Jos Buttler on hitting big at the death

“It’s more of a controlled hit which actually goes the furthest. It means swinging about 80 per cent as hard as you can”
Jos Buttler shares his tips for batting at the death, in AOC Performance

“Mentally, I was beating the batsmen up. I couldn’t physically punch them but I made sure they knew that metaphorically I had my gloves round their throat”
Jack Russell remembers the Gloucestershire glory days with his former skipper Mark Alleyne

“Her pre-fielding huddles more often that not contain a fair few expletives”
Former England Women star Holly Colvin on the inspirational Charlotte Edwards

“People were talking about me not being able to play fast bowling so to come back against four of the best West Indian cricketers of all time was very special indeed”
Dennis Amiss, he of 102 first-class centuries, remembers the moments that made him

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