In the latest issue of All Out Cricket magazine we reveal the 25 best young players in the world. A handful of the names are already well-known, others are just emerging; all have the potential to dominate the international cricket scene over the next decade or more.
We also have an exclusive interview with Eoin Morgan, who reveals the secrets behind the transformation in England’s white-ball cricket, Mitchell Johnson talks candidly about his life in the fast lane and we showcase all the best new kit in the 2017 Gear Guide.
The magazine is out on Thursday February 2. You can find it in WHSmith, Asda, Nisa, One Stop, McColl’s or Spar, or you can buy it direct from us here.
Here are some of the best bits from our latest issue to whet the appetite…
“Fast, slick and surly, Joseph is a throwback to the Windies quicks of old and the brightest fast bowling talent to emerge from the Caribbean in several years.”
We pick out Alzarri Joseph as one our top 25 young players in the world
“I’ve been asked whether the Kolpak deals weaken South African cricket, and I don’t think so. Although there were big losses, we’ve got lots of talent coming up. And it’s not just the talent that’s exciting, it’s also the age group that I come from. It’s different and a lot more diverse. It’s a lot more open. It’s a really nice generation. I think South African cricket will only get stronger.”
In an exclusive interview, Kagiso Rabada, another of our top youngsters, tells Firdose Moonda the future of South African cricket is bright, despite the loss of several players to county cricket
“Your mind’s very clear and it just happens. You feel free, and the ball comes out easy. When it starts, you go with it. It’s very rare when it does happen like that. I guess you’re sort of fighting for it through your career, trying to get that moment.”
Mitchell Johnson goes ‘Under The Lid’ and describes that feeling when everything falls into place
“Heyhoe Flint wasn’t just a great female cricketer – she was one of life’s great allrounders. Who just happened to be a woman.”
Isabelle Westbury, Middlesex Women captain, pays tribute to Rachael Heyhoe Flint
“In the midst of a bad trot, Ravinder Singh of Kanpur came over all Mayor of Casterbridge to stake his missus, Jasmeet, on a game. When the result went against him, Ravi legged it. Jasmeet, meanwhile, went to the police. Which on balance seems entirely reasonable.”
In ‘The Ten’, it’s cricket’s gamblers
“I remember his intensity with the ball at Trent Bridge, and then this innings convinced me that he was about to have a remarkable spell in his career. It would go on to be a period of his career that will stand in comparison with the best. It’s lovely when you see the beginning of the story.”
Ed Smith recalls the emergence of Andrew Flintoff as a world-class allrounder, in ‘A Watching Brief’
“Our ultimate goal ever since we spoke before the 2015 New Zealand series was to urge the players to test themselves the whole time. To shoot the lights out. Never sell yourself short. And don’t be afraid to do it.”
In a bumper year of ODI cricket, Eoin Morgan says his transformed England side will continue to push the limits
“After the fifth over Sunny Gavaskar suggested I take a break but I said, ‘No, I’m just getting my rhythm. Don’t stop me. Let me bowl.’”
The great Kapil Dev picks out his career highlights, in ‘The Definitive’
“Reading The Sun after Boxing Day I scanned through the injuries and for the first time I saw the word ‘scrotum’ in print, in reference to Ian Healy’s painful blows – he was one of about six players that were battered.”
Shannon Gill remembers West Indies’ 1988/89 tour of Australia, in ‘My Golden Summer’
“Brian Close enjoyed playing under Ronnie Burnet, who listened to his advice, but was nothing like so happy under Vic Wilson, who had the radical notion that being captain gave him the sole right to make changes in the field. Close, who was constantly looking to make things happen, disagreed with this conception of leadership.”
Paul Edwards looks back at a Yorkshire side packed full of formidable cricketers and characters, in ‘County Dynasties’