All Out Cricket Issue: 136

All Out Cricket Issue: 136

In this month’s All Out Cricket we speak exclusively to Alastair Cook, who tells us that after three-and-a-half years of lingering doubts, he now feels comfortable as captain of his country. 

Elsewhere, we ask Graeme Smith and Gary Kirsten if South Africa are all they’re cracked up to be, we look at the fallout from the Chris Cairns not-guilty verdict and Alex Hales tells us which England star’s windows he’d like to smash. And to see in 2016, we’ve asked some of the great and good of cricket for their New Year’s resolutions.

The magazine is out on Thursday December 24 (from WHSmith, Asda, Nisa, One Stop, McColl’s or Spar), or you can buy it direct from us here.

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For your enjoyment, here are some of the best bits:

“The proudest thing I can say about my cricket is that when it got really tough, on a personal level, and as a leader and a batsman, I managed to stay true to what I believed, and I hung tough.”
Alastair Cook opens up on the pressures of captaincy and the lessons he’s learned along the way

Alastair Cook exclusive interview

“There are a number of really, really great players at the present moment. I like your boy here, Joe Root. I think he’s got a lot of class. He scores runs and he scores them fast.”
Sir Garry Sobers on the subject of greatness – new and old

“England will arrive with more confidence than they’ve had but to beat South Africa in South Africa is a tough ask for any team.”
Ahead of England’s tour of South Africa, their former coach Gary Kirsten, as well as their former skipper Graeme Smith, give us the lowdown on the world’s No.1 Test side

“Whatever you think of Cairns, the fact remains that he has now been through two court cases, both of which have failed to prove his involvement in match-fixing.”
Elizabeth Ammon picks the bones out of the not-guilty verdict…

“How likely is it now that players such as McCullum will speak out for the good of the game?”
While Ed Hawkins assesses the possible ramifications of the trial

“Firstly, I’d like us to sing the national anthem before every England game and secondly I’d like the old-school ‘wallop’, ‘whack’ and ‘shazam’ noises – the ones that are played when Batman’s having a fight – to be used in replays for fours and sixes.”
Mark Wood is one of a number of cricketing figures to give us their New Year’s resolutions for the game

New Year's Resolutions

“The decline of away wins is one of those facts that is assumed to be true without often, it would seem, being checked. In fact, it has never been easier to win on the road. More Tests are won by the away team now than at any time in recent history.”
Nathan Leamon, the England team’s cricket performance analyst, reveals some myths surrounding the toss and home advantage

“Adelaide was the ideal venue to launch this overdue nocturnal leap in the longest form of the game. Good weather, the stunning sunset and a decent wicket combined to make the occasion a triumph.”
Phil Oliver was at Adelaide to see history be made

“Steve Smith is a nice guy subscribing to the view that nice guys don’t finish first.”
Adam Collins asks whether Australia’s skipper can stay true to himself in his new role

“Although he still owned a house and a car, he preferred living rough; it was as if the gutter, where no man dare judge another, was the only place he really felt at home. Richard Austin died earlier this year, his mind and body ravaged by decades of abuse.”
Ashley Gray on the dire consequences suffered by many of the rebel West Indian cricketers who toured apartheid South Africa

Ashley Gray on rebel tours

“I ran out of the shop, went straight to my car and cried. I realised that if I was going to play for England I was going to have to learn to cope with the attention.”
Graeme Fowler on the highs and lows of a career in cricket, in The Definitive

“Third ball Hollioake plays a perfectly timed straight drive which is past McGrath before he can even react. From there he just keeps going, completely uninhibited by the occasion or the opposition.”
Jo Harman looks back at his golden summer of 1997 and the emergence of a new allrounder as exciting as English cricket had seen in a generation

“It was Gooch’s first Ashes tour as captain. Micky Stewart, born with stripes on his shoulder was there as coach. No Botham, no Gatting. Only Gower and Lamb from the old world. Discipline was preached. Uniformity demanded. Gower? Gower did it his way.”
Phil Walker on the rivalry between Gooch and Gower; two men separated by four years and as many worlds

Gower-Gooch rivalry

“A focus on individual excellence may help England win Test matches, but many feel it comes at the expense of social cohesion, often in places already battered by economic circumstance and the destruction of the institutions that once held them together.”
Harry Pearson on the plight of the game in the North East

“I quite like the idea of being a cat. They’re lazy and get made a fuss out of; they sleep, go outside to the toilet, chase a few birds around and then do the same again. Brilliant!”
It’s a cat’s life for Alex Hales

All Out Cricket 136

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