In the new issue of All Out Cricket magazine we look ahead to England’s tour of India by speaking to Joe Root about going back to where it all began, four years on from his Test debut and that superb, against-the-odds series win. We also have an exclusive interview with Indian spin king, R Ashwin, who tells us his bowling has “reached a new dimension”, and an in-depth profile of Virat Kohli: the most marketable cricketer on the planet.
On top of that, we ask whether the punishment meted out to Durham fitted the crime and consider what their economic plight means for the future of county cricket. And we celebrate four true legends of club cricket who have racked up 100 hundreds during their illustrious careers.
The magazine is out on Friday November 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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Here are some highlights from another jam-packed issue…
“It does feel like a long time ago. I was the little boy. Going into that dressing room it felt a bit like a kid winning a competition to spend a month or two with his heroes.”
Joe Root reflects on his first steps in Test cricket as he prepares to take on India in their own backyard once again
“Among the counties there is no little sympathy for what has happened to Durham and a belief that the punishments meted out to them fall well beyond reasonable.”
Tim Wigmore reports on where it went wrong for Durham following their relegation and points deduction
“I never played in a losing Test series, and I don’t think there are any West Indians who can stay that, unless they played in just one!”
King of Cool and former Windies keeper Jeffrey Dujon picks out his career-defining moments
“All of us start with certain weaknesses and if they’re still there four years down the line, the player is not evolving. With Virat, there’s been a constant evolution. He was a candidate for a bouncer to be bowled every second over. But now, you’d hardly bowl a bouncer to him. Either he ducks and leaves, or he pulls.”
Aakash Chopra, ex-India opener and a former teammate of Virat Kohli’s, gives rare insight into India’s Test captain
“Enthusiasm is the most important attribute anyone could have… you might as well be nice because it’s a whole lot easier than not.”
Mark Nicholas goes ‘Under The Lid’
“I know in certain instances, I am mad. It could sound atrocious to a lot of people when they first listen to me.”
In an exclusive interview, Dileep Premachandran delves into the mind of R Ashwin, one of the most fascinating characters and devastating bowlers in world cricket. Can England cope with him this winter?
“I had never even watched Sri Lanka on TV and that mystique alone meant that I would be rooting for them. Mostly I couldn’t wait to see Muttiah Muralitharan. It wasn’t about the outrageous spin or the shedload of wickets. Here was a Sri Lankan Tamil playing international sport.”
Vithushan Ehantharajah remembers Sri Lanka’s 1998 tour of England in ‘My Golden Summer’
“We got ourselves into a good position to chase the highest total ever in the West Indies and we ended up collapsing and throwing it away from a great position. That’s painful but learning’s ugly.”
England Women coach Mark Robinson reflects on a tour of the Caribbean which had its ups and downs but was ultimately successful
“Hicky was unbelievable. What a privilege to stand and watch him from the other end. My job was to nudge singles, give him the strike and keep him company. We held the second-wicket record for a while of 287. Of those, Hicky scored 219!”
Tim Curtis remembers the brilliance of Graeme Hick as we look back on the Worcestershire dynasty of the late Eighties
“While the team trip to Center Parcs was delightful, and the cookery class was way more fun than you’d anticipated, he needs to give the lads some space. Spend some time at home, Darren. You’re 35. You’ve got a family.”
Adam Hopkins profiles some stereotypical teammates from club cricket
“I was on 192 hundreds at the start of the season and that final one brought up my 200th. In all I’ve made 111,000 recorded runs, and recently took my 1,000th catch behind the wicket.”
John Stuck, aged 72, stars in our 100 Hundreds Club. VIP access only