This month in All Out Cricket magazine we reveal the 20 greatest innings played this century. A panel of writers, commentators and cricket historians from around the world got together to select their favourite Test knocks of the era, and the results are now in.
Elsewhere we’ve exclusive interviews with England’s brilliant one-day star Sam Billings; the new poster girl of England women’s cricket, Tammy Beaumont, and a revealing profile of the great, discredited Indian superstar, Mohammad Azharuddin. And if you were to take out a new 12-month subscription in this issue, we’ll throw in the latest Wisden Almanack for good measure. Now that’s a proper offer.
The magazine is out on Thursday August 4. You can find it in WHSmith, Asda, Nisa, One Stop, McColl’s or Spar, or you can buy it direct from us here.
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There is loads worth reading in our new magazine, so we thought we’d round up some of our favourite bits to entice you into buying it!
“His genius is peculiar and requires the most particular conditions.”
Some words on the batsman who played, according to our poll of 37, the greatest innings of the century
“Although it was quite hard to stay positive throughout my ban from involvement in cricket, trouble was bound to happen in my life, I feel like it was destiny.”
Former Indian great Mohammad Azharuddin goes ‘Under The Lid’ with All Out Cricket editor Phil Walker
“Rob Key said to me the other day: ‘You were rubbish as a kid!'”
Jo Harman enjoy a chat with England’s IPL sensation Sam Billings, who apparently has improved a fair bit
“The thing with most of the girls in the England team at the moment is that we couldn’t just be as good as the boys – we had to be better, and stand out for the good things.”
The Mighty Atom, Tammy Beaumont, on a remarkable summer so far
“Brexit could bing Geoff Boycott a knighthood. Seriously.”
What does Brexit mean for cricket?
“When Clarkey came into bat, there were plenty of Leicestershire players keen to have a word with, or rather at, him. A lot of them would have been four letters long. It was riveting.”
Worcestershire seamer and AOC columnist Jack Shantry wants to ban banality from county cricket, and we’re all for it
“Kumble was Kohli’s captain for two seasons in the IPL, and one of his earliest mentors. When he was in danger of going off the rails, Kumble was one of those instrumental in restoring his focus.”
In the lead-up to England’s tour later this year, Dileep Premachandran, editor-in-chief of Wisden India, has the first in a series of postcards from India, keeping us updated on the volatile world of Indian cricket
“Cricket’s civil war was on in earnest. One one side was the establishment, led by the sideburned Bobby Simpson, a 41-year-old throwback to the conformity of the 1950s; on the other was World Series Cricket skipper Ian Chappell, all permed hair and bristling tache, Marc Bolan to Simpson’s Perry Como.”
Ashley Gray on his Golden Summer of 1976/77
“I can honestly say that he is one of the most admirable men I have come across.”
We look at Durham’s county dynasties, and Geoff Cook speaks of Dale Benkenstein’s brilliance
“If you do get it wrong, then it is important you just focus on the next ball and commit to it, don’t get caught up in the moment, you need to be 100 per cent committed to bowl the delivery you decide at your mark.”
In this month’s Performance, David Willey tells us how to bowl swing in one-day cricket
“Second XI club cricket often seems to hold a specific antipathy towards a good, fair game.”
The behaviour of club cricketers is up for discussion
“He’s an absolute space cadet who wrote off the car the club leant him the night before his first game and he once lit up a joint while coaching the under 11s.”
Adam Hopkins contributes some brilliance with his piece on the archetypal overseas players you find in club cricket
“Barack Obama, Adriana Lima, Sachin Tendulkar.”
Ben Foakes’ dream dinner party. Varied