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All Out Cricket: Issue 100 – Out December 29

In this landmark month for cricket, AOC celebrates two great feats of endurance. To start us off, there’s the small matter of England winning a Test series in India. But that’s not all. Drum roll please… 

This month AOC reaches its own ton. One hundred issues. To celebrate, we’ve assembled our list of the stuff of our century, a hundredweight of the best things in cricket since we began. We got some old friends to contribute, and came up with a quite beautiful compilation. Elsewhere Messrs Strauss and Vaughan join in the party, Ian Bell drops in to talk us through his career, and Swanny takes on (and nails) our fierce 21 Questions challenge.

Issue 100 of All Out Cricket is available in WHSmith and all good newsagents from December 29 – or, for a great new subscription deal, click here. For now, here’s just a taster of what you’ll find in AOC100…

‘Cook will go down as England’s greatest player ever’
Lord Strauss pronounces, over a drink with Ed Kemp

‘In the press and on TV, Dhoni’s captaincy is laid bare like the corpse of a dead Parsi to be picked apart by the vultures’
AOC‘s editor is in India to see history being made

‘They either bounce back and become bigger, stronger and better for it. Or they become journalists’
Swanny on what becomes of the broken-hearted…

‘Yeah, I was six’
Graeme Hick on the first of many, many hundreds

‘One shot in particular lives on golden in the memory: a breathtaking, audacious, quite preposterously murderous shot. Brett Lee, bowling at his fastest, was swatted straight down the ground in a manner that would have done credit to Babe Ruth. It confirmed Pietersen as a batsman of incomparable boldness and creativity’
The Pietersen story, as told by historian Tom Holland

‘Butt, Asif, Amir and Majeed went to prison for charges that included “conspiracy to cheat at gambling”. If there was no bet placed, if there was no opportunity to even place that bet and therefore no one was defrauded, can anyone really be guilty of such a charge?’
Ed Hawkins, author of Bookie Gambler Fixer Spytalks to Jo Harman

‘Give me the flaky aesthete over the grinder any day’
Phil Walker interviews – and defends – his favourite batsman, Ian Bell

‘Ponting had rare sporting skill. He was, and still is, good at everything he tries. We played golf in Bangalore, and on the first hole he put a three-wood effortlessly within eight foot of the 337-yard hole’
Dirk Nannes on a retiring legend

‘Matt Hayden and I did a sort of stalking the kill rendition, with all the boys crawling along the floor with Vegemite as war paint’
Jason Gillespie invites us in to the Australian dressing room

And best of all…

‘Inspired by everyone’s favourite formula and an Irishman’s unlikely love of ‘the English game’, their eponymous album is as camp as Christmas but undeniably brilliant’
From The Duckworth Lewis Method to Unicorns, Lawry, Balls and Boxing Days: it’s the hundred best bits of AOC‘s century…

All Out Cricket 100th Issue Cover

Issue 100 of All Out Cricket is available in WHSmith and all good newsagents from December 29. For a great new subscription deal, click here.

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