Very few men have successfully opened the batting across all three formats in international cricket but Alex Hales is bucking that trend after an impressive start to the summer. In the latest edition of All Out Cricket – out on July 7 – England’s man for all seasons explains how he’s adapted his approach for the rigours of Test cricket.
Elsewhere, we have a candid interview with ex-Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum, Wahab Riaz previews what he expects to be a “tasty series” between England and Pakistan and we speak to Heather Knight about the challenge of succeeding Charlotte Edwards as England captain. We also chat to three exceptionally talented young batsmen tearing it up in county cricket who we’re tipping for stardom.
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The new issue is a belter, but don’t take our word for it. Here are a few choice cuts to whet the appetite.
“Leading into the Sri Lanka Test series I was thinking, ‘Should I go out there and be this attacking opener that everyone talks about and look to bat with a certain tempo?’ But I think one thing I’ve learned is I can’t go out looking to bat with any preconceived ideas or tempo.”
Alex Hales speaks to Ed Kemp about becoming England’s opener for all formats
“I’m good mates with her and it was certainly a case of mixed emotions. I’ve played with Lottie for a long time and knew how much it would hurt her and how gutted she would be to not pull on an England shirt again. I knew that was tough but I also knew that I was probably the best person to do the job.”
Heather Knight on the not inconsiderable challenge of taking over the England captaincy from Charlotte Edwards
“I just felt that any kind of consistency I had bowling at pace had completely gone. It was worrying.”
Surrey speedster Stuart Meaker opens up on a loss of form “bordering on the yips”
“I was saying to all the Worcester boys, ‘That Tom Curran, I don’t like him!’ And then we ended up rooming together on both Lions trips.”
We speak to Worcestershire starlet Joe Clarke as part of a feature on three exciting, young batsmen making their mark in cricket
“It’s interesting to compare the freedom in the play of England’s cricketers with the paralysis of our footballers. In the case of our cricket teams, the idea of grim underachievement as an unshakeable national characteristic no longer applies.”
AOC columnist Jack Shantry says we can take solace from our national cricket teams as England’s footballers let us down once again
“During idle moments in Papua New Guinea amid the horrors of war, Iverson developed all sorts of unimaginable ways to spin ping pong balls.”
Australian twirler Jack Iverson is one of our top mystery spinners, in The Ten
“I was brought up playing pool, playing darts, drinking pints and smoking durries. That’s my upbringing. I was never against that just because you’re playing international cricket.”
In an exclusive interview, Brendon McCullum speaks to Jo Harman about the reasons behind his international retirement and the reshaping of his country’s cricketing psyche
“In came Andrew Strauss: ruddy-faced, nicknamed Barry Big Pants by his Middlesex teammates and with the voice of a man trying to get your attention by shouting through a letterbox.”
Seven wins from seven made 2004 a golden summer for Daniel Brigham
“While cricketers in the 1950s saw every reason to protect their testicles, the value of guarding their brains had not occurred to them. Surridge, brave almost to the point of hog-whimpering lunacy, led the charge.”
Paul Edwards looks back on a Surrey team that reeled off seven Championship titles on the bounce under their indomitable skipper Stuart Surridge
“Test cricket? It’s the real cricket.”
Pakistan’s hipster tearaway Wahab Riaz previews a mouthwatering series against England
“In the aftermath of the 2010 disaster, Misbah-ul-Haq was awarded the Test captaincy largely because no one else was left to hand it over to. Slowly but surely, Misbah chiselled a team modelled in his own image – resilient, understated, defiantly modest.”
Ahmer Naqvi on how Pakistan have dealt with the fall-out from the spot-fixing case of six years ago and what we can expect from them this summer
“I’ll wager that of all the people who have played cricket because they loved to do so, every single one of us – however successful, however important, however wealthy, however powerful, however intelligent, however wise – experiences a second of wincing self-hating agony when inadvertently reminded of grassing a sitter at cover-point.”
Simon Barnes on the serious business of the village green
“As I lifted myself from one red leather chair into another in Amanda’s fourth floor Harley Street consulting room, and turned to address myself in the empty chair I’d just vacated, this all struck me as rather odd.”
We catch up with our five club cricket guinea pigs to see if our sports psychology experiment is paying dividends on the field