This month’s issue of All Out Cricket – out on May 4 – features a stunning mega-feature by cricket fanatic and guitarist with The Maccabees, Felix White, in which he speaks to a full XI of former cricketers about adjusting to life after the game.
Travelling from art galleries to TV studios, to fire stations and music venues, he takes in conversations with the likes of Freddie Flintoff, Jack Russell, Mark Butcher and Brett Lee, discovering along the way “how resilient people can be, and how nothing can ever be truly permanent”.
Elsewhere we take an in-depth look at the first month of the county season, talk to Eoin Morgan about England’s chances in the upcoming Champions Trophy (clue: he fancies it), interview Ed Joyce about Ireland’s future prospects and Tim Bresnan about his career highlights, England’s batting coach Graham Thorpe tells us how to combat spin bowling, and Bumble brings us his list of the laziest, naffest, most reluctant fielders in the history of mankind.
The magazine is out on Thursday May 4, the day before England’s international summer kicks in. You can find it in WHSmith, Asda, Nisa, One Stop, McColl’s or Spar, or you can buy it direct from us HERE
Here’s some of the good stuff from AOC 152…
“When The Maccabees eventually spun to a halt, at the end of an ironically successful touring cycle, I thought of Kyle Hogg…” – Felix White explains where it all started
“I still dream about playing cricket most nights. I’ve made another comeback in my dream and something’s gone wrong on my way to the ground or I’ve forgotten my bat. I still dream about it. That must be an admission of how much I do miss it” – Andrew Flintoff opens up on life after cricket
“I virtually invented this complete dickhead who would do whatever he wanted whenever he wanted. Up until just before I got the injury, I was starting to get very tired of this character. My career ending was kind of a godsend. I didn’t have to play this role anymore” – Mark Butcher on masks, survival and renewal
“Me and the microwave were like that” – Jack Russell on portable cooking appliances
“The first time I ever went back to Old Trafford after playing, I was working with the Foo Fighters. I walked through the gates with my bag, thinking, ‘This is mad, one of the biggest bands in the world’” – Kyle Hogg on returning to his old stomping ground
“If we played in Boycott’s era when you had to bat for a day-and-a-half, that would be the most popular style at the time and everyone would be raving about it. Right now that isn’t the type of cricket people are playing. So we have to play this style to win games of cricket” – Eoin Morgan on England’s limited-overs revolution
“Somehow cricket continues to elaborate and not just annotate the old textbooks, finding fresh answers to ancient problems, and for once the English are furiously scribbling away” – AOC editor Phil Walker on England’s Champions Trophy chances
“When we did a five-mile pre-season run Flat Jack used to take the Manchester Evening News under his arm” – Bumble on the world’s finest fielding refuseniks
“I got 90 and a five-fer and didn’t get Man of the Match because Broady got a hat-trick! That is so Stuart Broad” – Tim Bresnan on the matches that made him, in The Definitive
“In the morning, as India wiped off the lead, those in the stands were bouncing with enthusiasm. By the time play was nearly over, with the lead in excess of 300, they were in a trance, albeit to a soundtrack louder than a jumbo jet. It remains the most remarkable passage of play I’ve ever seen – the cricketing equivalent of Cassius Clay stunning the fearsome Sonny Liston” – Dileep Premachandran on an Eden Gardens epiphany
“Sometimes when I’m coaching I’ll say to a player: ‘I don’t want you to hit over the top, I don’t want you to sweep and I don’t want you to play a forward defensive’” – England batting coach Graham Thorpe on how to coach players of spin