All Out Cricket: Issue 139

All Out Cricket: Issue 139

England’s World T20 final defeat was hard to stomach but their daring approach won many fans along the way. In the latest issue of All Out Cricket we celebrate the fact that we have a cool and marketable team to be proud of and ask: ‘Just how good can they be?’. 

Elsewhere, we pick out the 20 standout moments from a humdinger of a tournament, set out our vision for the future of county cricket and select our 10 to watch for the coming season. We also have a poignant tribute to Martin Crowe from his former room-mate and ex-Warwickshire allrounder Paul Smith. 

The magazine is out on Thursday April 14. You can find it in WHSmith, Asda, Nisa, One Stop, McColl’s or Spar, or you can buy it direct from us here.

There’s also our digi mag, which you can get here. If you want to subscribe to that, follow this link.

For a subscription to the print magazine, head here.


Here’s what you can find in the latest issue of the magazine.

“Not since the 1980s, an era of many myths, has England had such an enticing collection of box-office cricketers – and they’re all in their 20s.”
John Stern looks back on the World T20 and wonders whether this group of players can capture the attention of the nation

“He did it against Pakistan, masterful on a minefield. And then against Australia, under pressure no man should ever have to experience. Afterwards he sank to his knees. So did a nation.”
How good was the World T20! We look back on the best bits, like Virat Kohli being masterful


“I wonder if I’ll see anything better in cricket.”
Vithushan Ehantharajah spent three weeks reporting on the World T20 and gave us a diary of an unforgettable tournament

“As a creative shot-maker, promising wicketkeeper and now converted opener, Ripley believes Duckett is in the very top bracket of young English talent, with an international future ahead of him if he continues to knuckle down.”
Ahead of the domestic season, we pick out 10 young stars to keep an eye our for in our ‘Ten To Watch’, including Northants’ Ben Duckett

“A city-based franchise model actually runs the risk of disenfranchising some of the people who care most about county cricket and, however alluring the Big Bash might look on our TV screens, that can’t be right.”
It’s part two of the AOC Forum, and this month we’re focusing on county cricket. Here, we plot our future for the domestic game

“A lot of people who go ‘franchise, franchise, franchise’ are guilty of downplaying the on-field quality that we have here.”
The ECB’s Andy Wilson – on our forum alongside Ashley Giles, Jack Shantry, Martyn Smith and Nicky Bowes – discusses how England’s T20 competition might look


“In an entire summer together we only listened to three cassettes. Always at full blast. Our neighbours must have hated us. Sometimes we’d take the underground to Leicester Square and roam Soho. Crowie loved London.”
Former Warwickshire allrounder Paul Smith, who was on the MCC groundstaff with the late Martin Crowe, remembers the Kiwi hero in all his human glory

“Six, six, six, six. The numbers of a beast.”
Geoff Lemon recounts the final of the World T20

“As soon as the season finished I would lock myself in the house, draw the curtains, unplug the phone, wouldn’t want to talk to anybody and I’d just lie on the sofa watching a big pile of videos.”
Graeme Fowler goes ‘Under The Lid’ in a very honest chat with John Stern

“The desire to pin the loss on Stokes will be great, especially in this increasingly infantilised world where we crave simplicity, where adults cheer on Batman v Superman. On the cricket field villains and heroes are harder to come by.”
Worcestershire seamer and AOC columnist Jack Shantry defends Ben Stokes


“‘He was never much concerned with breaking records,’ said John Arlott. Pity really, because Phil Mead was bloody good at it.”
Epic County Championship seasons is the subject of this month’s ‘The Ten’

“I was young and innocent and while all these great players were telling their cricket stories, I used to lurk at the end of the bar, not saying much, just having a quiet pint and soaking it all up like a sponge. Fletcher leaned over and said, ‘You’re a lurker’, and it stuck.”
Dean Cosker is the subject of this month’s ‘Shire Brigade’, and he remembers how Duncan Fletcher gave him his nickname

“England will have a slippery customer on their hands come the first Test of the summer at Headingley next month.”
Our ‘Next Man In’ is Sri Lankan paceman Dushmantha Chameera

“During his teens, several of Geovanny’s friends were handpicked to be errand boys for drug-pushers higher up the chain. Some family members feared he might go the same way, but Geovanny rejected that path in favour of God, a University degree, and a regular spot in the Guatemala middle order.”
James Coyne writes about how cricket’s taking on the gangs in Guatemala


“The first-class county game was once routinely maligned, held up through all of the Nineties as a bloated, talent-draining imitation barely fit for purpose, set against Australia’s six-team Sheffield Shield. Not any more.”
Editor Phil Walker asks whether the county system is preparing players for international cricket

“Catch McCullum in the Surrey v Middlesex derby fixture, which is tasty enough even without the presence of a superstar or three.”
We present The Essential Guide to 2016 – you’ve got no excuse to miss anything now

“Many volunteers are growing sick of seeing their monies going into the pockets of fly-by-night players rather than back into the club’s infrastructure.”
Scott Oliver tackles the issue of recreational clubs paying players

“Graham Dilley bowled brilliantly and I remember having an 8-1 off-side field. I’d never played in a game where I’d seen that, and there I was captaining England and I’ve got this field.”
Middlesex and England twirler John Emburey is the subject of ‘The Definitive’ this month

“If I’d been baptised into the faith of England cricket in 1993, then Pocketgate was my confirmation, my coming of age, and the moment I realised that martyrdom was an inbuilt part of the cause.”
Emma John on her ‘Golden Summer’ of 1994


“When you’ve got a player of Mushtaq’s ilk, you know that you’ve got an individual that can win you games on his own. Then you need the rest of the team to get you over the line and help to win trophies.”
This month’s ‘County Dynasties’ is Sussex’s 2006 title-winning year. Rob Johnston speaks to those involved

“Think about setting a field that you can bowl two or three different deliveries to, so the batsman can’t just look at the field and say, ‘I know where he’s going to bowl’ and so set himself for it.”
Ian Harvey, one of cricket’s best one-day thinkers, tell us how to bowl smart in ‘Performance’

“Thought cricket boots were all about heft and chunk to support the frames of big fast bowlers? Think again. Here, finally, is a genuinely innovative batting and fielding shoe.”
We pick out three different footwear brands with choice offerings for 2016

“From the moment they park up a little obnoxiously (maybe straddling two spaces, or going up on that bank that’s clearly meant for deckchairs) you suspect you’re in for an interesting day.”
Ed Kemp looks at five archetypal club teams you’ll be facing up against this summer

“Which three people would you invite to your dream dinner party?”
“Reginald D Hunter, Jo Brand and Jamie Oliver (so he can cook)”
It’s England Women vice-captain Heather Knight’s turn to tackle 21 Questions


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