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All Out Cricket: Women’s Cricket Special – Out September 6

In what is a massive year for women’s cricket, taking in the World Twenty20, the World Cup and the Ashes, AOC is bringing you its first ever special issue on the women’s game. We’ve got interviews with England captain Charlotte Edwards and star keeper-batsman Sarah Taylor, Isa Guha tells the story of England’s rise to the top of the world, Claire Taylor looks back on her glittering career, plus Mike Selvey and Lawrence Booth explain why women’s cricket won them over.

There are also interviews with Australia’s Ellyse Perry, India’s Mithali Raj, Stafanie Taylor of West Indies and the legendary Rachael Heyhoe Flint, plus a rundown of the greatest innings ever and coaching masterclasses from the stars of the England squad. If that wasn’t enough, we’ll also tell you how the girls’ game is growing at grassroots level, and how you can get involved. Enjoy!

“The question is, how does a team, particularly an English team, evolve from being the underdog to one of the most successful in our national sporting history?”
Isa Guha asks the question and provides the answers

“My philosophy was about wanting the players to enjoy and express themselves”
England coach Mark Lane explains the approach

“After a day’s play in Australia or New Zealand I would grab the scorebook from the scorers, take it back to the hotel and compose a story for the Daily Telegraph”
Pioneering former England captain Rachael Heyhoe Flint on making women’s cricket heard

“I’m a pretty easy person to please: put a cricket game on TV and give me a sofa!”
Charlotte Edwards on what she does in her limited spare time

“The standard, frankly, astounded me”
Mike Selvey describes his conversion to women’s cricket

“It’s hard to explain to girls that you can still be girly as well as playing sport”
England hockey star Susannah Townsend joins netball’s Tamsin Greenway and cricket’s own Anya Shrubsole in our round-table discussion of women’s sport

“I was quite a lively, bubbly youngster, had to be at the heart of everything. Whereas now I prefer to sit back, watch, let them get on with it”
Sarah Taylor discusses winning, Graham Thorpe and growing up

“I’d made massive sacrifices from a financial perspective, but worse than that, I’d based my self-esteem and everything to do with life around cricket”
Claire Taylor talks through the ups and downs of a remarkable career

“I pushed 77mph last year in a match, and I felt a bit quicker in a match at Wormsley when I wasn’t clocked. I think I had the wind behind me!”
Katherine Brunt talks bowling wheels in our comprehensive coaching section

“I grew up in a school that just didn’t do cricket for girls at all; we want to get more girls exposed to cricket at a young age, so that they have equal access to it as boys”
Girls on the Front Foot board member and BBC commentator Alison Mitchell sums up the aims of Chance to Shine, the ECB and The Lady Taverners in encouraging participation

“A huge thank you to All Out Cricket for supporting the women’s game over the years and having the vision to pull this publication together. I think you’ll agree it’s a great read!”
Head of England women’s cricket Clare Connor gives her verdict on the AOC Special

You can pick up the women’s cricket special for free with issue 96 of AOC from WHSmith and many independent newsagents.

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