In this month’s All Out Cricket we speak exclusively to England’s man of the moment Ben Stokes about his heroics at Newlands and upsetting the odds to defeat South Africa in their own backyard.
Elsewhere, we ask a selection of players and writers to pick out their most underrated cricketers, assess what the success of the Big Bash means for the future of the game and showcase all the best cricket gear for 2016.
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To hopefully entice you to buy a copy – here’s that link again – here are one or two bits from the latest magazine.
“I was thinking that if I kept going I might be able to get to 300, but when the message got run out to me to go for it, I was just trying to hit every ball for six anyway.”
How do you take an attack for 258 glorious runs? Ben Stokes explains his thinking, and touches on how it feels to be part of Team England at the moment
“On an unhinged third afternoon at The Wanderers, South Africa’s soft underbelly was torn open by England’s rampant seamers as the tourists took the series.”
All Out Cricket editor Phil Walker was in South Africa to watch England take the series 2-1. He reflects on what he witnessed in our series review
“He doesn’t inspire the same kind of awe as other spinners, like a Warne or a Murali, but he’s equally effective.”
Kumar Sangakkara writes in praise of former teammate Rangana Herath as part of our feature on cricket’s most underrated players
“I was being kicked out of the house by my missus because I was just sitting around on the decking drinking red wine.”
Ed Kemp goes ‘Under The Lid’ with former England coach Peter Moores. How much credit can he claim for England’s renewed form?
“Really flat pitches, like you can get at Uxbridge, imbue you with all the joie de vivre of an evening spent watching Louis van Gaal’s Man United team while listening to the audiobook of Dapper Laughs’ autobiography.”
This edition sees a first column for our new writer, Worcestershire’s seamer Jack Shantry. His first topic is the rule changes surrounding the toss
“Whatever will happen, will happen. I don’t care, I want to hit a six now.”
In ‘The Ten’, complete with a new look, we remember 10 of the most memorable sixes, including Viru being Viru
“Like it or loathe it, the BBL is what cricket on free-to-air TV looks like in 2016.”
Will Macpherson has spent his winter watching the Big Bash, and he loves what he’s seen
“You’ll have made up your mind a long time ago. Either Chris Gayle said something inappropriate and offensive to Mel McLaughlin or the world’s gone to hell in a handcart and you can’t even say boo to a goose anymore in case it offends those do-gooders who banned Christmas”
In this month’s ‘Moment’, Henry Cowen looks back on that Chris Gayle incident and the subsequent reaction
“We feel it’s so important that his name and memory are now used as a motivation to bring about all the success that he was undoubtedly set to achieve in his own career.”
Tymal Mills, writing on behalf of everyone at Sussex CCC, pays tribute to Matt Hobden, his much-loved teammate who tragically died last month
“What’s certain is that those involved in the administration of men’s cricket will look on with interest at the results.”
Ed Kemp dissects the Women’s Cricket Super League in ‘What’s The Score’, a brand-new feature digesting issues of the game
“I want Test cricket to survive but I don’t want bad Test cricket just for the sake of it. That recent Australia-West Indies series was desperate stuff, men against boys, with barely even a man and his dog in the stands.”
In ‘Stern Words’, editor-at-large John Stern ruminates on AB de Villiers’ concerns about Test cricket
“I had that recurring nightmare for any batsman, a wicket goes and you’re in and you haven’t got your kit on! Goughie ran over laughing – he was putting my left pad on as I was putting my right pad on.”
Chris ‘Grizzly’ Adams looks back in ‘The Definitive’
“It’s the walk that gives Hoggard away. It’s all lollop and no purpose, at the same time reluctant and dutiful.”
Our ‘Golden Summer’ this time round is 2002, and it’s Henry Cowen doing the reminiscing
“We’ve highlighted some of 2016’s best new and updated ranges from a variety of brands. It’s not exhaustive, but provides crucial inspiration as you prepare to make your choices in gearing up for a new campaign.”
Our 2016 Gear Guide is here
“Getting your top hand working gives you a good technical base to work from.”
Jason Roy talks us through how you get back into nick in the nets
“To put it in context, since 2007 this is the worst we’ve had it.”
ECB’s Dan Musson tells us about the help that’s there for flood-stricken clubs
“Ray Illingworth, England’s coach, came to the conclusion that what we had done was a fluke. None of the young guys got picked, and that didn’t go down very well. It caused a bit of consternation in the dressing room and some rude words about people from Yorkshire.”
We speak to members of Warwickshire’s 1994 treble-winning squad in the first of a new feature called ‘County Dynasties’, and Gladstone Small kicks off about the side’s lack of England recognition
“My wife, Winston Churchill and Maggie Thatcher”
That’s Gareth Batty’s dream dinner party, for real