In the latest issue of All Out Cricket we have a wide-ranging interview with Stuart Broad, as the England quick pulls up a chair in a London pub and reveals all to Ed Kemp on records, relationships and tap-dancing.
Elsewhere, Alastair Cook talks us through the defining moments of his run odyssey as he prepares to break the 10,000-run mark in Test cricket, Vithushan Ehantharajah asks if Angelo Mathews’ Sri Lanka can challenge England this summer and we bring sports psychology to the village green in ‘Psych Club’, a groundbreaking new feature that delves into the minds of club cricketers.
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Here’s what you can find in the latest issue of the magazine.
“I’m aware of when it’s my day. I have little checkpoints, I pick my knees up like a show pony, making sure I’m running in, staying big at the crease. And when all those things are ticked you think: ‘I’m feeling pretty good, I’m getting it to move around, there’s good bounce… let’s get the fielders in place’.”
Stuart Broad talks Ed Kemp through those wrecking ball spells
“We need proper pitches with good balance between bat and ball, so when the coin goes up you should have to decide: ‘Which way am I going?’ There’s got to be something in it for everybody. That’s so important for Test match cricket.”
David Lloyd has his say at the AOC Forum, as our expert panel discuss the state of the Test game and the threats to its future
“I want these Glamorgan players to see England tracksuits around the place, because perhaps for too long, that’s something they’ve thought they can’t achieve.”
Glamorgan’s new coach Robert Croft goes ‘Under The Lid’
“It’s like a Rolls Royce grinding to a halt just as it’s hitting fifth gear.”
James Taylor’s premature retirement is desperately unfair, says former teammate and AOC columnist Jack Shantry
“The 2010/11 Ashes series was when I felt I took another step as a cricketer. I went from a cricketer who was okay to a bit better than that.”
Alastair Cook describes the defining trials and triumphs of a historic batting career
“Luke Pomersbach decided to kick back with his girlfriend at a T20I against New Zealand, only to receive an eleventh-hour summons to the Aussie dressing room when Brad Hodge crocked his back putting his trousers on.”
We pick out 10 examples of our professional game plunging to amateur levels
“On the last tour, Angelo Mathews called Joe Root a pussy, told Moeen Ali he was lucky to get to three figures and cackled as one wicket followed another. He is not to be shaken.”
Vithushan Ehantharajah asks if Angelo Mathews’ Sri Lanka have it in them to upset the odds against England this summer
“The deliverer of Sri Lanka’s first ball in Test cricket, Ashantha Ladaska Francis De Mel was a rapid bowler, no-holds-barred lower-order hitter and gun card-shark.”
Jo Harman selects Sri Lanka’s Cult Heroes XI
“You would sometimes like to suck it to people, but that’s not the motivation. That’s not the purpose. It’s really about self-belief, because with that, you can go places.”
Chris Lewis picks the standout moments from a career that never failed to fascinate
“Bairstow had an intensity and drive that I hadn’t encountered before. This rather clashed with my more laid-back laissez-faire approach to the game but, in hindsight, I can’t help but admire his attitude. It was as if he knew he was destined to make it to the highest level. He had to.”
As the 2005 Ashes series brought cricket into the general public’s consciousness, Adam Hopkins was enjoying a golden summer of his own alongside some stars of the future
“There is a side of me that knows my strokeplay could be better and I could probably score a bit quicker, but I always try and look at the team situation.”
Nick Compton on taking it back to the old school, in an exclusive interview
“One agent believes the gap between Division One and Division Two is wider than between’s football’s Premier League and Championship, while players regularly compare moving to Division One as like leaving primary school for secondary school.”
Will Macpherson on the age of the cricket transfer
“If Yorkshire’s professional cricketers were fortunate that their captain cared about their welfare, Lord Hawke was blessed with perhaps as talented a county team as has ever taken the field.”
Paul Edwards takes us back to Yorkshire’s first Golden Age, in ‘County Dynasties’
“I suspect my age and inherent lack of ability will militate against any dramatic improvements – but I really do have a terrible temperament for cricket. I get nervous, over-excited and pessimistic all at once. I hope it works but…”
Tom Holland is one of five club cricketers who will be working with Amanda Owens, one of the country’s most respected sports psychologists, to see if sports psychology works for us mere mortals as well as our elite-level stars