In All Out Cricket this month we’ve got a glittering cast list.
We talk art, captaincy and hostile Australians with new Test skipper Joe Root; let Faf du Plessis show off his hipster credentials on the back of a Harley Davidson; speak to Charlotte Edwards about her extraordinary career and the scarring way that it finished; wind up Katherine Brunt and let her loose; talk to Meg Lanning about life as the greatest female batsman of all time; and get some superb coaching tips from Toby Roland-Jones and Keaton Jennings.
All that plus top tens, competitions (win Buttler’s bat!), bad jokes, club cricket debates, and appreciations of Pakistan in the company of Younus Khan.
The magazine is out on Thursday July 30. 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 a few snippets from this magazine…
“I’m still upset a little bit about how they went about things, but I’m not going to fall out with anyone about it.”
Charlotte Edwards on life after being sacked as England captain
“Home fans, angered by the selection of Kenny Benjamin ahead of local favourite Anderson Cummins, chose to boycott the game. The mood was summed up succinctly by a banner which read, ‘No Cummins, No Goings’.”
Will Macpherson picks out notable banners and placards from cricket’s storied past in The Ten
“Pakistan’s win was a victory for the game: its joyfulness, its unpredictability, its variety of skills and its reach beyond the boundary edge.”
John Stern reflects on Pakistan’s Champions Trophy triumph
“Nasser Insane. Harmy’s nightmare. Mitch’s moustache. They need no further explanation. ‘When you got to Australia you are asked whether you can perform in hostile environments against high pace’.”
England Test captain Joe Root has his sights on the Ashes, as Adam Collins discovers
“There’s no petulance, no pouting, and no poisonous prattle on social media. It has always been thus with du Plessis, whose character is exponentially bigger than his ego.”
Telford Vice speaks to Faf du Plessis, South Africa’s best leader since Graeme Smith
“I avoid sports psychologists like the plague. My dad would just not understand one. And I’ve got the same mentality, because of him. He was a minder for 25 years, he couldn’t have had it any harder, down the pits, six kids to provide for. It rubs off, doesn’t it.”
England Women fast and nasty Katherine Brunt lets rip in a joyous interview with Phil Walker
“Hansie dived underneath a couch – he thought this was it, his life was in danger. When the lights came back on and Hansie stood up, he was drenched in sweat.”
Fifteen years since Hansie Cronje’s death, Luke Alfred unravels an enigmatic and divisive figure
“I am very relaxed to have finished and am honoured to have played for my country. I have no regrets.”
Younus Khan reflects on a beautiful career in The Definitive
“The most terrifying batting line-up in cricket history was undone by gentleness.”
Simon Barnes fondly recalls India’s magical World Cup upset of 1983
“Subtly changing your angle in and around the crease if the ball’s not doing much can give you a natural change and give the batsman something to think about.”
Middlesex and England seamer Toby Roland-Jones on his wicket-taking tips in our Performance section
“This generation of cricketers aren’t prepared to fight for their places and they take the easy option by either not playing or leaving.”
We speak to club cricket organisers around the country to explore the thorny issue of selection politics
“VVS Laxman was a world-class gentleman and he didn’t mistime a ball the entire time he was here!”
An Indian legend’s season in English club cricket