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In the new issue of Wisden Cricket Monthly, out June 16, James Anderson gives a candid two-part interview to Felix White – conducted before and after the Lord’s Test – about a challenging few months, the unadulterated pleasure he still gets from bowling, and a fresh start under new leadership.
“My immediate response was to prove that I can still play at the highest level,” England’s greatest ever bowler tells his Tailenders co-host on the experience of being dropped from the Test squad earlier this year. “I just knew I wasn’t done yet.”
Elsewhere, we profile two northern lights embarking on their England careers, Matt Potts of Durham and Yorkshire’s Harry Brook, and examine how and where they learnt their craft, Matt Parkinson gives the inside story on his bizarre and long-awaited Test debut, and the masterful Jeremy Coney speaks to James Wallace about earning the right to have fun.
We have 15 pages of county news and interviews including conversations with Will Smeed, Jack Haynes and Will Jacks, while Daniel Brigham revisits the wizardry of Wasim and Waqar on Pakistan’s famously fractious 1992 tour of England.
Phil Walker delivers a special feature on the ingrained elitism in English cricket and how it’s being countered, Angus Fraser reflects on his wicket-laden career, and we consider the wider impact the FairBreak Invitational tournament could have on the women’s game.
Our crack team of columnists cover the most pressing issues, with Andrew Miller criticising the appointment of Sir Dave Brailsford to the ECB’s high-performance review, Lawrence Booth welcoming the fresh eyes of Brendon McCullum, Mark Ramprakash examining the importance of batting positions, and Geoff Lemon reflecting on the extraordinary life and career of Andrew Symonds. Before the brilliant Andy Zaltzman rounds things off with a deep dive into the number 14.