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All Out Cricket Issue 98: India Tour Special

This month’s AOC is the perfect companion to England’s mammoth winter tour of India. As England prepare for a four-Test epic of a series on Indian soil, so can you, as we ask those who’ve done it what it takes to win in India, and interview England’s key men as a fascinating, challenging tour gets underway.

Elsewhere we ask Tony Cozier “Where now for the West Indies?”, grab a drink with Jimmy Anderson, imagine an India without Sachin, get Steve Harmison to talk us through his best ever moments in cricket, and bring you perhaps the most alluring picture of a cricket bat there has ever been, in our brand new feature The Sweet Spot. Here’s a flavour of what we’ve got for you this month…

“Tours like that one are exhilarating, fascinating, exhausting, draining, and then back to fascinating, and then bewildering. It’s an extraordinary place to visit”
David Gower, the last England captain to win a Test series in India, remembers and recommends ahead of England’s mammoth task

“I’ve been hearing good things about Joe Root, apparently he’s a bit of a lad, a funny lad and a bit of a prankster”
Jimmy Anderson discusses his new teammates – and much more – over a drink with AOC at Lord’s

“Here in Barbados people were knocking pots and pans together, you could hear the cheering up the street. I heard the same noise in 2004, but not for long”
Tony Cozier reflects on the Windies’ World Twenty20 win and hopes it’ll mean more than the Champions Trophy win eight years previously

“I did have a few fits of the giggles like a teenage girl, but other than that it went swimmingly”
Finny describes his first gig as a male model in this month’s diary

“Peter Such may be better known these days as the ECB’s head spin coach, but in his pomp was a purveyor of beautiful off breaks and thrillingly inept batsmanship”
This month’s list of 10 remembers the most legendary noughts in the history of cricket

“We played around with a batting line-up simulator to see what might happen if ‘Batsman 2′ came into bat in all positions between No.1 and No.7 and we found he was going in at the perfectly wrong spot”
Jo Harman goes behind the scenes at cricket’s new number bods, Opta, and discovers a few trade secrets

“Cookie’s got to put his own stamp on it. He can’t try and copy Andrew Strauss, because he’s inevitably going to fail horribly. Any man would”
Graeme Swann looks ahead to a new era for English cricket, as well as going over his own recent story, which began with a bang on England’s last tour of India in 2008

“I stopped thinking about being judged and thought f*** it, if you want me to bat, I’ll bat”
New England opener Nick Compton tells the story of the changes, the training and the runscoring that saw him earn an England call-up

“I don’t coach batting, I coach run-making. It is a different thing. Anyone who plays cricket can bat, not everyone can score runs”
England ‘run-making’ coach Graham Gooch gives us his five key fundamentals in AOC Coaching

“In France cricket is now being introduced in primary schools”
Ed Kemp reports on the growth of the game on the contintent

“If a player wanted to criticise his captain, he didn’t send coded text messages. More likely, player and captain would be found wrestling on the floor of a train carriage”
Malcolm Knox unveils his research into the inglorious and scandal-filled early days of Test cricket

“The obvious answer is Tom Feltham, who’s Malfoy in Harry Potter”
Stuart Broad tells us who would play him in a film of his own life whilst answering AOC‘s 21 questions

Issue 98 of All Out Cricket is available in WHSmith and all good newsagents from November 1. To subscribe to All Out Cricket click here

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