The latest issue of All Out Cricket magazine is our new season special. Out on April 6, the day before the County Championship kicks off, we select our 10 players to watch – the cricketers we believe will go big this year – and pick out some essential events for the summer. We also consider what impact the new ‘city-based T20’ tournament will have on English cricket’s future.
Elsewhere we’ve got a cracking interview with Sir Ian Botham – newly installed as Durham chairman – and more coaching tips to help you improve your game ahead of the season.
The magazine is out on Thursday April 6. 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 highlights from our latest issue…
“Tom’s hardly played any cricket, but he could be anything.”
Andy Flower has high hopes for Middlesex and England Lions paceman Tom Helm, one of our 10 to watch for 2017
“Anybody who knows me knows I won’t be doing this half-cock. I’m proud to be doing it, and I love and know the area. I regard myself as a local, and I’m in it for the long term. It won’t be a figurehead role.”
Ian Botham goes ‘Under The Lid’ and discusses his new role as chairman of Durham
“You could see how much it meant to the people of Pakistan. Even with the security fears, to turn up and still be in such good spirits and create that atmosphere… as a player, it was fantastic.”
Dawid Malan reflects on going against security advice to play in the Pakistan Super League final
“International cricket is at its most vital and visceral when it skirts close to the edge of mattering too much. Bringing it back from the brink is a tough job and ultimately comes down to the players.”
John Stern enjoyed the rough and tumble of a thrilling India v Australia series
“When you turn up to Lord’s, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge, the Oval… what a fabulous office. You’ve got your own parking spot, you walk into the dressing room and you’ll have a dressing room attendant ask you, ‘Would you like a glass of wine at the close of play? Would you like a pot of tea now? There’s lamb, chicken or steak on the menu – what would you like for lunch?’ It’s not the real world.”
We spoke to umpire David Millns as part of a feature on the real heroes of county cricket
“He was in great form during that World Cup and I said to Imran Khan, ‘Give me the ball when Hick is batting, I can get him out because I don’t think he can pick the wrong ’un’.”
Mushtaq Ahmed picks out his most special moments, in ‘The Definitive’
“At the close of the fourth day, Barrington was 173 not out. By then he was a god in my eyes, a status that has never really diminished. The Ashes were lost but that hardly mattered to an 11-year-old boy who was watching and feeling an Englishman bat and bat as though his life depended on it.”
The snail-paced Ashes series of 1964 was forgettable to most who saw it, but not Stephen Brenkley, who picks it out in ‘My Golden Summer’
“Mike Hussey had a four-step routine which included the idea of an imaginary train docking at a station and collecting negative thoughts. It made me laugh but I found it fascinating.”
Former Australia Test opener Chris Rogers shares his tips on facing the new ball
“We walked around like we owned the place… and for about five years we did.”
We speak to Alex Tudor as part of our feature on the Surrey dynasty at the turn of this century
“They’ve been on a juice cleanse for so long there’s more vitamin C in their urine than in a bottle of Robinsons squash, and they went to bed so early last night they have no idea who hosted Have I Got News For You.”
Are you ‘Captain Sensible’? Adam Hopkins picks out some stereotypical pre-match preparation routines that club cricketers like to go through