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Wisden Cricket Monthly – Issue 28


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  • Cover story – a 24-page special report into the English game, assessing the current state of play and investigating what the future holds for cricket in this country. In a series of articles we consider The Hundred and its wider impact, the future of the women’s game, the affordability of domestic and international ticket prices, the measures in place to tackle corruption and the issue of grassroots participation, focusing in particular on the ECB’s South Asian Action Plan.
  • A rare and important interview with Ravichandran Ashwin, who speaks to John Stern about using his platform to raise awareness of climate change and pollution. “This isn’t propaganda,” says the Indian spinner. “It’s just me leaving a footprint of who I am.”
  • Phil Walker explains why Ollie Pope is the best young batsman in the world following his breakthrough tour of South Africa.
  • Andrew Fidel Fernando reports from Pakistan on the long-awaited return of Test cricket.
  • Worcestershire and England seamer Pat Brown reveals how to bowl his trademark knuckle ball.
  • An exclusive interview with Lasith Malinga, the most distinctive fast bowler of his generation. “A bowler who plays with a perfectly coached action and is not a matchwinner is of no use to anyone,” the Sri Lankan tells Saj Sadiq.
  • From our team of columnists: Adam Collins looks at the stratospheric rise of Marnus Labuschagne, Andrew Miller says Joe Denly may only be truly appreciated when his “stop-gap” Test career is over, and Lawrence Booth picks out the cricketer who popularised the reverse sweep in his ‘Influencers’ series.
  • Poet and comedian Tim Key takes Emma Bunton to The Oval in ‘My Perfect Day at the Cricket’.
  • The Club Debate: what will the grassroots game look like in 2030?