All Out Cricket: Issue 147

All Out Cricket: Issue 147

The new issue of All Out Cricket magazine is one of our most varied yet. Our cover story charts the evolution of England’s enigmatic allrounder Moeen Ali; the Australian writer Adam Collins tries to make sense of the chaos at the heart of his country’s cricket; we look at what makes a truly legendary bowling performance; Swanny presents the defining moments from his career; and of course it’s that time again: The Big Fat AOC Quiz of the Year – chock-full of great prizes. 

The magazine is out on Thursday December 1. 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 our latest issue…

“I know more about my batting than I do about my bowling, but my bowling is getting better. It takes time, you know. I would say I’m just getting into a phase of my bowling where I’m starting to understand a lot more. I’ve not bowled the [amount of] balls that frontline spinners at my age have normally bowled. But what I do have is two-and-a-half years of experience of playing for England.”
Moeen Ali opens up on his development as an international cricketer and where he sees his perfect role in the side

Moeen Ali exclusive
Moeen Ali exclusive

“During the last two decades Australians grew comfortable with the idea that their cricketers are the best in the world, then were confronted as that started to change. The last five years have involved a lot of searching for why the local game changed and how to make it great again.”
Adam Collins on the identity crisis facing Australian cricket

“Lara’s innings was an absolute masterclass. He scored all round the ground fairly equally. I could have done with a deckchair, to be honest.”
In ‘A Watching Brief’, Geraint Jones remembers his Test debut and world-record innings from BC Lara

“The ECB, if they are looking for a franchise system that would enable them to give people a sense both of the contemporary and of the past, of show-business swagger and of regional identity, are staring it in the face.”
Historian Tom Holland argues the answer to England’s T20 franchise conundrum has been with us for well over a thousand years

The Seven Kingdoms for T20
The Seven Kingdoms for T20

“In the age of three-day matches, finding ways to manufacture positive results took a particularly creative brand of tactical smarts, and in Keith Fletcher, Essex had found the perfect, dishevelled, hangdog alchemist to oversee the county’s first proper assault on the big time.”
Phil Walker recounts Essex’s journey from also-rans to domestic titans, in ‘County Dynasties’

“I remember Straussy coming up to me and saying, ‘I quite fancy you going round the wicket and having two slips in’. I went, ‘I’ll go round the wicket, but two slips? I never get anyone caught at f***ing second slip’. And he just went, ‘Ah, but Graeme, how often do you post second slip?’ Third ball, round the wicket, nicked it straight to Andrew Strauss at second slip.”
Graeme Swann on the matches that made him, in ‘The Definitive’

India tour diary
Jo Harman reports from India

“It’s a surreal start to the day. As Cook wins the toss and opts to bat, Donald Trump takes Ohio, then North Carolina, then Florida. We have a new Leader of the Free World. Strap yourselves in, folks.”
Jo Harman delivers his tour diary from India

“Dickie Bird’s hometown of Barnsley decided to celebrate his career by erecting a statue of him in the town centre. A lovely touch, but somewhat tarnished by weekend revellers who took to hanging condoms, knickers and even pumpkins on his outstretched finger.”
We pick out cricketers who received their own monument, in ‘The Ten’

Supreme Bowling
How do you compare great bowling performances?

“While MS Dhoni was preternaturally calm and inscrutable, Kohli’s face contorts with every mini-event the game presents. He lives the match totally – taking charge of the tiniest details, tinkering with the field on an almost ball-by-ball basis and operating an impulsive, unilateral decision-making process for DRS referrals.”
Ed Kemp writes that Virat Kohli is just the India captain that cricket needs

“It’s not just players that get physically and mentally drained. It’s also support staff, and I’m sure members of the media feel it too from the sheer amount of travel.”
Jason Gillespie goes ‘Under The Lid’ to look back on his time at Yorkshire

“I’m here to play cricket – I’m not here to drink milk.”
If you can tell us who said this and answer similar teasers in our Big Fat Quiz of 2016, you could win yourself Chris Gayle’s bat

Big Fat Quiz of 2016
How well do you know 2016?

“It’s hard enough trying to live and work in a new land when no one is watching, let alone when you’re doing it in front of thousands studying your every move.”
In ‘My Golden Summer’, Dean Wilson on 2008 and the summer of KP

“If you’re telling yourself they’re going to nick every ball then the one they miss or leave is right there – it’s an easy take.”
Surrey and England Lions stumper Ben Foakes shares his keeping tips

“You’re back home for Christmas and spending some quality time with your dad. Your old man loves his cricket, and he also loves a good pun. The Candy Kane Williamson gag he makes is funny enough, and Warren Heggnog is a nice throwback. But when he brings out Dhammika Prasadvent calendar, that’s when you start to worry.”
As the festive season approaches, Adam Hopkins foretells what’s to come

All Out Cricket 147
All Out Cricket 147

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