This month’s All Out Cricket magazine features exclusive interviews with Haseeb Hameed and Ben Duckett – two contrasting and compelling young opening batsmen who will be battling it out to partner Alastair Cook after being named in England’s Test squad for Bangladesh.
Also in our new issue we pick the bones out of one of the most absorbing County Championship seasons in recent memory and dish out some awards to the standout performers; Jonathan Trott opens up on the highs and lows of his England career in a candid interview and Saqlain Mushtaq talks us through divine intervention.
It’s also our club special, as we recognise the best of the recreational game through our annual awards and name the ECB Premier League XI of the year.
The magazine is out on Friday October 8. You can find it in WHSmith, Asda, Nisa, One Stop, McColl’s or Spar, or you can buy it direct from us here.
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Here are some highlights to whet the appetite.
“I don’t play like most opening batters. I watch other players and, yeah, that might be why I do get low scores, but when I do get runs I score them fairly quickly. That may be why I’ve gone on to score big runs.”
Ben Duckett says attack is the best policy for him as he bids to partner Alastair Cook in the upcoming Test series against Bangladesh
“I value my wicket. I don’t want to come off once in every seven innings. I’m an opening batter at the age of 19 coming up against some high-quality opposition, so at times it’s not gonna be easy to just go out there and hit boundaries left, right and centre.”
While Haseeb Hameed, his rival for that opening berth, has more old-school values
“You’ve got to be quite sensitive about jumping in two-footed on a player who’s really down and knows his England career is probably going to be taken away from him.”
Jonathan Trott opens up on the highs and lows of his England career, in ‘Under The Lid’
“We’d been through the ringer with this match – traversing the ups and downs of a county classic – and we’d come out the other side with new champions, and perhaps a bit more faith in our four-day game.”
Henry Cowen hails an incredible finale to the County Championship season
“Not even Lazarus himself could have imagined such a turnaround in fortunes than that which befell the upper quartile of Joe Leach’s cranium.”
Our columnist Jack Shantry dishes out his end-of-season awards
“The county grind can feel like your commute into work: a regular journey in which you notice the noticeables before you notice them no more. A Chris Rushworth five-wicket haul, a James Hildreth drive-heavy milestone or a world-class Jeetan Patel spell act as markers along the way to September.”
Vithushan Ehantharajah kicks off our review of an enthralling County Championship season
“If you’ve got an ego you’ll get put in your place straight away. The thing is, if you’ve played county cricket for any length of time, you’ll understand you’ve worked hard at it, and you’ve had to be a half-decent bloke to do it.”
Essex legend Graham Napier bids farewell to the county game after a stellar send-off
“I felt when I came back to Middlesex that there was a view from the players that Middlesex were lucky to have them. It should be the other way round – you’re lucky to be playing for this club, at this venue, for a club with such a rich history.”
Angus Fraser explains to John Stern how Middlesex have gone from also-rans to county champions
“Rabada is ahead of his time on both sides of the boundary. He is in no way representative of black African cricketers in South Africa, who remain in the minority in major teams. But, as a member of the nascent black middle-class, he represents a future South Africa must build if it is to fulfil its wider potential.”
Telford Vice tackles the thorny issue of transformation targets
“I cried with joy when I heard I was selected for the Test team. I called my mum, my coach, my brothers, my friends. At 9.30pm rather than going to bed I put my tracksuit on and started running down the road, only stopping to buy water or milk. I decided to enjoy that news with hard work rather than just sitting with my friends and having a lovely time.”
Spin-ball wizard Saqlain Mushtaq relives his special moments, in ‘The Definitive’
“A wonderful summer was tarnished only by the twin torments of Graeme Smith through mid-wicket and the complexities of longshore drift – natural phenomena as maddening and unremitting as each other.”
Ed Kemp recalls his Golden Summer of 2003
“The ‘Gloucestershire squeeze’ was a mental thing. I sometimes stood up to the stumps for the first over of the match, the fielders came so close and the intensity of that meant we used to isolate the batsman. We split them in two mentally. It was so enjoyable doing that.”
Jack Russell looks back at Gloucestershire’s white-ball dominance, in ‘County Dynasties’
“Cricket clubs bring people together within communities, creating relationships, experiences; giving purpose and meaning to people’s lives. Society might be increasingly individualistic, but we remain social animals, and somewhere in a modern, disconnecting world of glaring laptop screens, viral videos, 24-hour news, five-minute celebrities, email-on-the-go, 60-hour working weeks and social media fury, not far from the surface, people are desperate for something simpler and more meaningful to grab on to.”
Ed Kemp opens our 20-page club special celebrating the recreational game
“What’s my ultimate pet hate? [Long pause]. I never had a pet, you know.”
Darren Sammy manfully battles his way through our 21 Questions
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