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Liam Livingstone, the smash hit of the summer, takes the cover of the new issue of Wisden Cricket Monthly, out on September 16.
After a headline-grabbing season featuring some scarcely believable shotmaking, the England and Lancashire batsman now has the opportunity to make his name on the world stage. He speaks to James Wallace about a “whirlwind six weeks”, the forthcoming T20 World Cup and his prospects as a Test cricketer. “Whatever people say about me or might think about me, I’m not going to change my attitude as it has got me to where I am today,” says Livingstone.
Elsewhere, columnist Andrew Miller draws parallels between the current England Test side and the chaos of the Nineties, we chart Joe Root’s rise back to the top of the Test batting rankings following a sensational series against India, and Lisa Keightley sits down with Jo Harman to discuss her first two years as head coach of England Women.
We have unrivalled coverage of the domestic game in ‘The County Files’, with news from all 18 first-class counties including interviews with, among others, Hampshire’s new signing Nick Gubbins, Warwickshire wunderkind Jacob Bethell and Joe Cooke, Glamorgan’s breakout star from their One-Day Cup victory; while Elizabeth Ammon investigates whether the Championship’s conference-based structure is here to stay.
In a jam-packed issue also featuring interviews with Javed Miandad and Alice Capsey, Tanya Aldred takes us back 10 years to Lancashire’s unexpected and long-awaited Championship triumph, Taha Hashim examines what it’s like to sit in the England selector’s hot seat, and Lawrence Booth says Yorkshire’s investigation into Azeem Rafiq’s allegations shows English cricket still has a long way to go when it comes to tackling racism.
We also have a brand-new feature, the ‘Iconography of Cricket’, as Phil Walker picks out the great images from the game’s Golden Age, and the usual brilliance from TMS statistician Andy Zaltzman, who unravels the significance of the number 99.